Shall we meet at Sloppy Joe’s in Havana?

The woman on a cruise in 1934 in the previous two posts is now standing in front of Sloppy Joe’s Bar in Havana, Cuba.  A date stamp on the back of this snapshot indicates it was printed on Jan. 18, 1939.  The man with her looks vaguely familiar to me, but he isn’t the man who was with her on the cruise in 1934.  Perhaps that man is taking the picture.  It would be fun to learn the identity of this dapper gentleman with a genial expression.  My hunch is that he’s a friend or a recent acquaintance.

Sloppy Joe’s was a favorite destination of American visitors to the city.  Its most famous patron was undoubtedly Ernest Hemingway, but celebrities and tourists alike made a point of stopping in.  A history of the bar–and its connection to the sandwich of the same name–can be found here (Mashable.com page will open in separate window) or on a variety of other websites.  After being closed for decades, it was painstakingly restored by the Office of the Historian of Havana City to look as it did in its heyday.  You can sit at the same mahogany bar that Hemingway did and have a sandwich and a cold drink, surrounded by photographs from the 1920s-1950s.

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