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Black Americana "I'se From Evans Farm Inn" Souvenir Bell ~ Historic
Black Americana "I'se From Evans Farm Inn" Souvenir Bell in Excellent Condition. Circa 1950s. This souvenir bell depicts a Black mammy in a red fabric dress with an apron and yellow scarf. It measures 4" high and has a hand-painted wood handle (which is the "face").
It still has its original, attached souvenir sign which reads, "I'se From Evans Farm Inn." It is in superb condition although the apron shows some age-appropriate darkening. The bell is in excellent working order without damage or noted repair. It has been well-cared for and is from my personal collection. (I purchased it at an estate sale in the early 1990s, while living in Washington, DC.)
A Little Known History Fact:
Evans Farm Inn was located in McLean, VA and closed its doors in 1999, after 42 years of business. Located on 24 acres, it featured a 650-seat dining room and the intimate Sitting Duck Pub, only eight miles from the White House. Evans Farm Inn was a favorite lunch and dinner destination for politicians, celebrities and families looking for fine food in a rural atmosphere. It was owned and operated by Bayard Evans, who had previously owned a coffee shop and restaurant in the 1930/40s.
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