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Vintage photos of:
1950's Detroit neighborhood soda shop. Unknown young lady enjoying an ice cream soda while reading the comics. (Maybe an old newspaper comic fan can name them) Notice the classic Detroit Verniors ginger ale tap among other classic 1950's soda shop items. Photo taken by my grandfather, Howard Mcgraw of the Detroit News. Scanned from a 4 by 5 negative. View full size.