The Idea: A portable bar.
The Motive: To facilitate the consumption of beverages; to preserve the surface of furniture.
The Story: In the Astor Hotel, Shanghai, a year ago, one Childs H. Baker Jr. called for a drink. A small native with shoe-button eyes trotted briskly up to him, pushing a white three-wheeled barrow; in the barrow were the materials for making drinks. Surprised by this display of ingenuity, Childs H. Baker selected a concoction of gin, lime-juices, ice & fizzy water. As he quaffed, he became thoughtful. . . .
The fruit of his...