A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.

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Entry from June 13, 2019
Bismarck (pastry)

Entry in progress—B.P.

Wikipedia: Berliner (doughnut)
In Ontario and the prairie western provinces of Canada, as well as parts of the Midwest and West in the US, such a round jelly- or custard-filled doughnut is commonly called a “bismark” or “bismarck” (after Otto von Bismarck), while a filled bar doughnut is called a “long john”, and usually contains pastry cream, custard, or whipped cream, but can also contain a jelly filling. Other Canadian terms include “jambuster” in Manitoba, and “Burlington bun” in Nova Scotia.

Wikipedia: Otto von Bismarck
Otto Eduard Leopold, Prince of Bismarck, Duke of Lauenburg (Born von Bismarck-Schönhausen; German: Otto Eduard Leopold Fürst von Bismarck, Herzog zu Lauenburg; 1 April 1815 – 30 July 1898), known as Otto von Bismarck (German: [ˈɔtoː fɔn ˈbɪsmark]), was a conservative Prussian statesman who dominated German and European affairs from the 1860s until 1890 and was the first Chancellor of the German Empire between 1871 and 1890.

In 1862, King Wilhelm I appointed Bismarck as Minister President of Prussia, a position he would hold until 1890, with the exception of a short break in 1873. He provoked three short, decisive wars against Denmark, Austria, and France. Following the victory against Austria, he abolished the supranational German Confederation and instead formed the North German Confederation as the first German national state in 1867, leading it as Federal Chancellor. This aligned the smaller North German states behind Prussia. Later receiving the support of the independent South German states in the Confederation’s defeat of France, he formed the German Empire in 1871, unifying Germany with himself as Imperial Chancellor, while retaining control of Prussia at the same time. The new German nation excluded Austria, which had been Prussia’s main opponent for predominance among the German states.

Google Books
The American Pastry Cook (Sixth Edition)
By Jessup! Whitehead
Chicago, IL: Jessup Whitehead & Co,, Publishers
1891
Pg. 60: 
Bismarcks.
Large doughnuts of the plain sort directed at No. 561, with a teaspoonful of stewed fruit inside, cut out like thin biscuits, allowed to rise and then fried.

16 April 1903, Jackson (MI) Daily Citizen, pg. 3, col. 2 ad:
Fresh Bismarcks, 10c doz.
(Patterson Of Course.—ed.)

9 October 1905, Hartford (CT) Daily Courant, pg. 18, col. 4 ad:
BISMARCKS,
20c A PACKAGE
(Newton, Robertson & Co.—ed.)

12 March 1915, Riverside (CA) Daily Press, pg. 5, col. 6 ad:
BISMARCKS—From raised doughnut dough—filled with pure jelly, delicious...15c doz.
(Thresher & Lewis.—ed.)

10 February 1917, Los Angeles (CA) Daily Times, pt. 2, pg. 8, col. 5 ad:
Jelly-filled Bismarcks, 20c dozen.
(Hamburger’s.—ed.)

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityFood/Drink • Thursday, June 13, 2019 • Permalink