SOCIAL SECURITY -- Clubs and Titles: From the Union Suit to the Windsor Knot
AT ABOUT ten o'clock on the evening of November 28, 1881, a distinguished French gentleman in New York by the name of Joseph Florimond, Duc de Loubat, left his room at the old Glenham Hotel and walked across Fifth Avenue to the Union Club. By the time the Duc de Loubat -- or Count Loubat, as he preferred to be called -- had left his club, less than an hour later, he had started something which was not only the cause célèbre of its own time but was probably the most famous single story in the history of American clubdom.
Count Loubat was not wealthy, had poor digestion, and was by his own admission an irritable man. Nonetheless, born in Paris, he