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Catalog Number 1987.01.2079
Title Sloppy Joe’s Bar
Collection Postcard Collection
Object Name Postcard
Description Postcard depicting a naked woman in a trash can. The caption reads, ‘Come to Sloppy Joe’s Bar. Having taken a few too many at a dance, a pretty young thing in Key West ran outdoors, fainted and fell over a trash barrel. A young man saw her, picked her up and carried her to his room. The next morning he sent the following wire to his partner in New York: “Close office. Sell everything. Come to Key West. They throw away better stuff here in Key West than you can buy in New York.”’ The description on the verso reads, ‘Many “Hellos” from the original Sloppy Joe’s Bar, Key West, Florida.’ On the verso there is a pencil drawing of people in a bar with notes that read, ‘Cronies in background; colored helper left; Sloppy Joe in middle; and Hemingway. Approximately 5x3.5 feet’.