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Pie Coming Up: 1948

Pie Coming Up: 1948

July 2, 1948. "Schrafft's, Esso Building, Rockefeller Center. Dumbwaiter." How lunch gets launched. Gottscho-Schleisner photo. View full size.

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Mop string

Left front leg has a string from a mop. On close inspection, one can see a little dirt that the mopper missed underneath.

Re: Question

Those upper doors are probably for servicing the motors for the dumbwaiters. I'm using the plural here, because I assume there are two of them. Wondering if the smaller one is for drinks.


What would the upper doors have been for?

Morning announcements.

The speaker high on the wall looks just like the one in my elementary school classrooms where we heard the morning announcements.

A Step Above Horn & Hardart

My mom loved this place; no visit to Radio City Music Hall was complete without lunch here. Alas - long gone!

On June 29th, 2008, Christoper Grey of the New York Times, did a kind of obituary on Schrafft's...

[Linked in a comment to one of our previous Schrafft's photos. - tterrace]

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