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WOW! I have been trying to find information of this sort for right at one year. I have only a small piece to your puzzle, but you might at least find it interesting.
My father was born in 1916 in Chicago. In December of 1929 for Dad's 13th birthday, his divorced Mother (my Grandmother) took him to "Chez Paree" (or whatever the real title was). My understanding is that it was almost more of a brothel, but only high society customers!
For her time, my Grandmother was extremely independent, and somewhat of a party animal! Anyway, when the Matre'd discovered it was his 13th birthday, he gave him a framed poster that had apparently been hanging in the restaurant. I inherited it from my father after his passing May7, 2003. As a little girl, I loved the picture, and still do. It is about 16X 20, and I have had it re-matted and framed. I made sure that the gallery that did the work for me, left the pencil signature (underneath the poster itself) visible. It says "Chez Pierre", and the poster was the work of Josef Pierre Nuyttens.
It is a beautiful drawing of a girl (profile) dancing nearly nude, with beautiful flowing veils. The publishing date is 1916 by P. F. Volland Co. in Chicago. As a child, the picture always hung in my grandmother's room, and it reminds me of her. The lady in the drawing is so beautiful, and the rendering so lovely, I have been trying my best to find out about the author, and any other works.
Consequently, I found a 'sister' vintage poster of sorts on ebay by Nuyttens, same publishing date and company, same subject, but this girl is facing forward, and dancing with a blue scarf. Mine is 'a wash' (for lack of a better term) in pink. My husband purchased it for me, and it is now enroute to my home in Birmingham, Alabama! The reason I was even looking for a vintage Nuyttens poster was for my sister. You see, I am the youngest of 5 children, and my oldest sister loved this picture every bit as much as I do. I would be thrilled to find a duplicate of it as a surprise gift. I feel BLESSED to have found the similar one on ebay, and maybe it will reveal more clues about the artist. However, I can't (so far) even find the title of these works. I would be delighted to know anything you can tell me about the restaurant, or the era, or the artist. Good luck in your search, and may God richly bless you.
They had a romantic affair and she frequented the club with Pierre
often. We still have the beautiful
I have been watching your site explode with information
and thought that I might add another piece of the puzzle. If you are
interested I could provide a photo of the beautiful portrait that Pierre
created and also the picture of my mother and Pierre if I can find it. She
mentioned that he was good friends with a Mr. Mc Donald of the Zenith
radio corp. and that he was nicknamed "the commander" because he
was a higher up in the service. McDonald, according to her, owned a radio
station that made live broadcast from the Chez. Hope this information is
useful in your research. Good luck and have fun!!!
Donna: This notice was
found in a 1932 Billboard. It verifies your mother's story.
Mike Fritzel To Open New Chi Night Club - CHICAGO, Oct. 22 - Mike J.
Fritzel, for many years conspicuous in the cafe field here and formerly
operator of the Arsonia and the Friar's Cafe, has leased the former
quarters of the CHEZ PIERRE CAFE on the near North Side, for five years
from January 1, 1933, for a total rental of $51,233.
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