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Truck Stop Cafe: 1940

Truck Stop Cafe: 1940

June 1940. Washington, D.C. "In the cafe at a truck drivers' service station on U.S. 1 (New York Avenue)." 35mm negative by Jack Delano. View full size.

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Interesting windows...

I'm trying to figure out how they tip out and are screened at the same time - seems quite complicated.

Salt (and Pepper) of the Earth

The salt and pepper shakers (just below the cake and elsewhere on the counter) were made by the Hazel-Atlas Glass Co.. Current Depression-glass book value for a nice-condition pair is $30.-$75., depending on the color and style of lettering or other decorations. This shaker design was larger than the usual table shakers of the day, so these Kings of the Road were getting their daily portion of salt and then some.

Not that different than today

except for the boat captain hats, they just wear ball caps now.
I drove truck OTR for about 3 years, then went local when my wife grew sick, but that is a pretty good picture of the truckers today, give him a good meal, lots of coffee, (I've scene guys with half gallon mugs) and get him back on the road.
No time for cake, the teamsters moved somewhere else!

I'll have a slice of that cake, please.

Even in black and white, it looks good!

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