HAND SIGNALS – The body language of Night Club owner Sherman Billingsley (1944)

November 12, 2010

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HAND SIGNAL 1:

“Get them a bottle of perfume.”

A classic story about ‘hand gestures‘ came from the formerly famous The Stork Club (1929-1965) in New York City, which became known as a famous Manhattan night club that was founded by Sherman Billingsley. The New York City hot spot — which was located on 53rd Street near Fifth Avenue — was a destination for celebrities, artists, writers and wealthy people in general. You might remember The Stork Club from an appearance in the second season of Mad Men when Don and Betty infamously attended a party hosted by Jimmy Barrett.

LIFE presents an interesting series of images of Mr. Billingsley’s body language demonstrating his own brand of nightclub-code via hand gestures [8 images].

Call me to the phone, I want to get away from this table.

HAND SIGNAL 2:

“Call me to the phone, I want to get away from this table.”
 

Get them out & don’t let them in again.HAND SIGNAL 3:

“Get them out & don’t let them in again.”

 

No check for this table. I got it.HAND SIGNAL 4:

“No check for this table. I got it.”

 

'Not important people' or 'No need to pay attention to these folks.'HAND SIGNAL 5:

“Not important people,” or, “No need to pay attention to these folks.”

 

Bring a bottle of champagne.HAND SIGNAL 6:

“Bring a bottle of champagne.”

 

Bring a round of drinks.HAND SIGNAL 7:

“Bring a round of drinks.”

 

The music in the main dining room is too loud.HAND SIGNAL 8:

“The music in the main dining room is too loud.”
 
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