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|The picture shows a front and back view of this Old Unused Boston Massachusetts Cocoanut Grove Advertising Sugar Cube Packet. This packet is not dated but it is from before November 1942. It had been saved by someone as a souvenir. The sugar cube is wrapped in printed paper. On the top it pictures two palm trees with cocoanuts and a monkey in each. It is marked on the two sides as follows:|
17 PIEDMONT ST.
DOMINO CRYSTAL TABLETS
AMERICAN SUGAR REFINING COMPANY
The cube measures 1-1/4'' x 3/4'' x 1/2''. It is in near mint unused condition with a light water mark on the bottom as pictured. Below here is a bit of Historic information found online pertaining to the former Boston Cocoanut Grove:
Cocoanut Grove nightclub
During the early days of World War II, a major fire struck the Cocoanut Grove nightclub in Boston, Massachusetts. On the night of the fire, November 28, 1942, the club had approximately 1,000 occupants, many of whom were people preparing to go overseas on military duty. A lighted match used by an employee in changing a light bulb has been considered the possible cause for this tragic fire, which took 492 lives. Almost half of the occupants were killed, and many were seriously injured. Flammable decorations spread the fire rapidly. Men and women were reported to have clawed inhumanly in an effort to get out of the building. The two revolving doors at the main entrance had bodies stacked four and five deep after the fire was brought under control. Authorities estimated that possibly 300 of those killed could have been saved had the doors swung outward. It should be noted that the capacity of the structure had also been exceeded. The Cocoanut Grove fire prompted major efforts in the field of fire prevention and control for nightclubs and other related places of assembly. Immediate steps were taken to provide for emergency lighting and occupant capacity placards in places of assembly. Exit lights were also required as a result of the concern generated by this fire.
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