New York, Fair or No Fair, A Guide for the Woman Vacationist
Hillis, Marjorie. New York, Fair or No Fair, A Guide for the Woman Vacationist. First Edition. 1939. Book in very good condition; dust jacket is in good plus condition—jacket shows minor chipping and a faded spine. Drawings by Cipé Pineles.
It is no surprise that this author was a writer for Vogue, because there is very much a Condé Nast sensibility to this chic guide for the single woman visiting New York. She eschews the touristy for the elegance and excitement of the real New York, from café society haunts to refined tearooms. She evens recommends Ted Peckham’s escort service. The title is a pun, as the World’s Fair was then in New York, and there is a chapter devoted to it in the book.
"There may be no logical reason why a woman shouldn't sit in a quiet corner of a bar ... if she wants to. The fact remains she either looks fast or forlorn, and I don't know which is worse."