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Candlelight Parking: 1951

Candlelight Parking: 1951

May 26, 1951. "Patricia Murphy's Candlelight Restaurant, Manhasset, Long Island, New York. Exterior, with autos." Nonconformists will please park to the left. Large-format acetate negative by Gottscho-Schleisner. View full size.

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White Walls

Note the white beauty rings, or white wall wheel discs on the 1947 Pontiac two door Torpedo. Buyers had to make do with them for a few years until white side wall tyres became available.

Postwar newcomer

Mostly hidden behind the shrubbery appears to be a Frazer rounding out the excellent representation of auto makes driven by the restaurant's patrons.

Westchester Candlelight

Patricia Murphy's had a branch in Yonkers. It was where we went to celebrate graduations and similar occasions. There were two main attractions: the popovers and the very nicely landscaped grounds and gardens.

Expensive Restaurant

So in 2017 dollars, the $5.25 sirloin dinner is over 42 bucks. Pricey joint, even in 1962.

Quatre Chevaux

Well, driving a Renault 4CV near NY in 1951 is surely nonconformist!

What's on the menu? (1962)

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