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Babette's - Atlantic City

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Daniel Stebbens' club - located at 2211 Pacific Avenue, in Atlantic City - was known as the Golden Inn before it was called Babette's.  The name change happened after Stebbens married Blanche Babbitt (whose stage name was "Babette").

With its ship-shaped bar, and its backroom card tables, Babette's featured famous entertainers and famous guests.  We learn more about the place (and its reputation) from Vicki Gold Levi and Lee Eisenberg in Atlantic City, 125 Years of Ocean Madness:

At Babette's, as well as at other posh dens like the old 500 Club and the Bath and Turf Club, horseplayers, cardplayers, and high rollers of every persuasion hobnobbed with the Vanderbilts, the Astors, and political figures.  Illegal though they were, Atlantic City's back rooms were the worst-kept secrets in town.  (Atlantic City, page 191.)

How could those "worst-kept secrets" exist, unless the police allowed them?

Illegal betting and other forms of vice flourished in Atlantic City for a variety of reasons.  The town's political and law enforcement bureaucracies either ignored the goings-on, or actively abetted them.  Some city officials profited handsomely from payoffs and bribes.  Additionally, there was the unspoken assumption that a wide-open city was attractive to tourists.  (Atlantic City, pages 191-92.)

In short, many people believed that Atlantic City, during Prohibition, was the place to spend free time.


Media Credits

Image from the Collection of Vicki Gold Levi, online via Atlantic City, 125 Years of Ocean Madness, by Vicki Gold Levi and Lee Eisenberg, via Google Books.

Quoted passages from Atlantic City, 125 Years of Ocean Madness, by Vicki Gold Levi and Lee Eisenberg, online courtesy Google Books.

 

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