NYPL Exhibitions

Polly's Restaurant

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Title Polly's Restaurant
Description In 1912 a group of feminists began meeting over lunch at Polly Holladay's, a tiny restaurant on MacDougal Street popular among Greenwich Village radicals. Convened by the suffragist Marie Jenney Howe ("We intend simply to be ourselves, not just our little female selves, but our whole, big, human selves"), the group called itself Heterodoxy and made a point of keeping no records. This allowed the members to speak freely on all topics, but to this day nobody knows what was said. Later the group moved its lunches to the Greenwich Village Inn. (Notice that the menu from the Inn includes several dishes "à la Polly," a nod to the earlier restaurant.) Heterodoxy flourished for more than 25 years.
Creator Jessie Tarbox Beals
Source Museum of the City of New York. Museum Purchase, with funds donated by Lisa and Eric Green, 1995
Date ca. 1920

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Original Format Gelatin silver print

Bibliographic Citation

Jessie Tarbox Beals, “Polly's Restaurant ,” Lunch Hour NYC, accessed December 16, 2017, http://exhibitions.nypl.org/lunchhour/items/show/550.

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