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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • DIVING FOR SUCCESS, 1929

Restaurants

The Draper: 1907

The Draper: 1907

1907. "Northampton, Massachusetts -- Draper Hotel." Where the amenities include an American Express office and Boyden's "Dining Parlor." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Good EAT Food: 1938

Good EAT Food: 1938

January 1938. Washington, D.C. "Cafe on L Street." Where the only thing flakier than our delicious biscuits is the peeling paint! 35mm nitrate negative by Russell Lee for the Resettlement Administration. View full size.

 

Record Time: 1921

Record Time: 1921

New York circa 1921. "New York Band Instrument Co., East 14th Street." Dealer in Victrolas and Victor records, also seen here in its window display. Next door: Great China Chop Suey. 5x7 glass negative, Bain News Service. View full size.

 

Crown Restaurant: 1904

Crown Restaurant: 1904

"Superior Street, Duluth, 1904." Last glimpsed here, five years in the future. The latest installment of Minnesota Monochromes. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Dogs to Go: 1923

Dogs to Go: 1923

San Francisco circa 1923. "Buick touring car at Victor's Dog." Not to be confused with Nipper, that other (RCA) Victor dog, and where's the bun? 6½ x 8½ inch glass negative, originally from the Wyland Stanley collection. View full size.

 

Midnight Snackers: 1943

Midnight Snackers: 1943

        "We'll have what she's having."

April 1943. "Baltimore, Maryland. Third-shift defense workers getting snack at drugstore on corner where their shared car will pick them up around midnight." Photo by Marjory Collins for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Kewpee Hamburgs: 1930s

Kewpee Hamburgs: 1930s

Circa 1930s. "Kewpee Hotels hamburger stand." This early fast-food chain ("Hamburg / Pickle on top / Makes your heart / Go flippity-flop") got its start in Michigan in the 1920s. Location and photographer unknown. View full size.

 
 
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