Feb 17 2016

1937 Ye Mappe to Rothmann’s East Norwich Inn

Rothmann's Restaurant in East Norwich has been a fixture on Long Island since 1907.  Rothmann's issued this cartoon postcard  in 1937 showing the routes to their restaurant including the Long Island Motor Parkway. Postcard courtesy of Gary Hammond.

Thanks Gary!


Howard Kroplick

"Ye Mappe" designated main roads, parkways, other roads, golf clubs, yacht clubs and bathing beaches. In 1937, the Long Island Motor Parkway was marked as a "Main Road" rather than a "Parkway".

Long Island Motor Parkway

The route of the Motor Parkway from Horace Harding Boulevard to Half Hollow Hills.

"Motor Parkway Starts"

Brooklyn & Queens

Note: Ebbets Field, Trommer's Brewery and Jamaica Seaport

Great Neck, Sands Point & Port Washington

Note: Money bag in Sands Point

Westbury, Hicksville and Hempstead

Note: Mitchel Field, Roosevelt Field, Roosevelt Raceway, Long Island Aviation Country Club, Meadow Brook Polo Field and Long Island potato farms.

Freeport and Jones Beach

Note: Freeport Stadium and Jones Beach

Glen Cove, Oyster Bay & Suffolk

Note: Oysters sleeping in their beds and the Nathan Hale Monument in Huntington


Bunny farms in Amityville?

Ainsworth H. "Doc" Rankin

In 1938, Doc Rankin completed a variation of his postcard including the 1939 World's Fair. His artwork is currently hanging in Rothman's Steakhouse.

Ainsworth H. "Doc" Rankin  (November 27, 1896 – January 1954) was an American army officer and freelance cartoonist. He was an editorial page cartoonist for the Brooklyn Eagle for a number of years and is best known for producing the touring show This is the Army with Irving Berlin, which toured military camps during World War II. He is also widely believed by comic collectors to be the anonymous artist nicknamed "Mr. Prolific" who produced nearly 200 "Tijuana bibles" in the 1930s, based on an identification by sexologist, folklorist and bibliographer Gershon Legman. Legman claimed to have met Doc Rankin in a Scranton, Pennsylvania bookstore and learned from him that he was one of the artists behind the ribald 8-page cartoon booklets which were some of the earliest underground comics, resembling the later work of Robert Crumb.


Feb 19 2016 Dave Russo 10:32 PM

This is cool. What is Freeport Stadium? Never heard of that. Love the $$$ signs. Those places are all still worthy of the money signs.

Bostwick Polo Field (and mansion) is still there, but not much longer. Soon to be converted into a cemetery.

And Howard—-did you notice in Old Westbury the “Nice back road through the Estates”. That must be the Phipps/Garvin Road.

Feb 20 2016 frank femenias 2:53 PM

Cool stuff. Don’t forget Madison Square Garden Bowl in Queens County - this was new to me. Thanks Gary! 

Feb 21 2016 Brian D McCarthy 12:56 PM

This map is growing on me. I’m not quite a lagomorph fan (And never even tasted rabbit), but there is a Bunny La in Amityville (xst of Folkstone Rd). It looks to be in the vicinity of “Bunny Farms”.

Feb 22 2016 Fred Rieder 8:33 AM

  What a map.  Just loaded with great stuff.  It’s one of those things where the more you look, the more you see.  Thanks.  I really enjoyed it.

Feb 22 2016 Jeff Becker 9:33 AM

I’ve been going to Rothman’s since I was a young boy (Jolly Fisherman in Roslyn is the other) and 60 + years later it is still comforting to know that somethings never change.  Thanks for sharing this one.

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