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Sept. 30, 1956: The Times feted the Waldorf-Astoria hotel on its 25th anniversary (at its Park Avenue site) with a spread in the magazine, which sought to determine why the place was better than any other first-class hotel. The article also explored the provenance of the hyphen. (It was originally the Waldorf hotel; quoth the article, “A prime jape of the day was to say ‘Meet me at the Hyphen.’ ”) Perhaps a lesser known fact: The newer iteration, which opened on Oct. 1, 1931, “operated in the red for a dozen years.” Photo: Sam Falk/The New York Times

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