A date stamp on the back of this snapshot indicates that it was printed on Jan. 18, 1939.
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 where Hemingway did and have a sandwich and a cold drink, surrounded by photographs from the 1920s-1950s.
Her handbag seems to be under her arm, so perhaps the bag she is holding is for the camera? I like this picture a lot!
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He’s holding something, too, but I can’t tell what. Those clothes! And the reflection in the glass is nice. It’s a really fun photo.