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Atlantic City Lunch: 1953

Atlantic City Lunch: 1953

Another in a series of professional 8x10 pictures taken in Atlantic City in August 1953 for Better Living Magazine, featuring my in-laws. My mother-in-law is at the counter. View full size.

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If they were serving Taylor Pork Roll, the sign would have said so. Taylor was king, but there were a few RCs to Taylor's Coke.

Grilled Tasty Pork Roll

The most expensive item being hawked on the signage, and a New Jersey staple. Interesting to see it being featured at Atlantic City, so far from its home in Trenton.


See the conical paper cups and the metal thingies they go in?

Those are zarfs.


Dutch Birch Beer 10c

Grilled (Taylor) Pork Roll Sandwich

A fine New Jersey delicacy, possible precursor to fast-food breakfast sandwiches, and a happy childhood memory.

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