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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • KEEP YOUR TEETH CLEAN, 1938

Restaurants

Drink a Banana: 1950

Drink a Banana: 1950

"Banana Burt and Lil at Buzzards Bay Dairy Queen, 1950." Brought to you courtesy of United Fruit. Photoprint by Drink a Banana Inc. View full size.

 

Mission Trails: 1942

Mission Trails: 1942

It's 1942 and we're back in San Francisco for another look at one of the many fine establishments made even finer by the installation of Buckley Music System's "Music Box." The eatery is Andy Wong's "Fair Famous" Mission Trails Restaurant, Harvey Lum, manager, at 500 Sutter Street. Close your eyes and you can practically hear Padre tolling the mission bell while the brothers pound out their tortillas. 8x10 inch acetate negative, photographer unknown. View full size.

 

Beauty Cafe: 1937

Beauty Cafe: 1937

1937. "Tavern, Calhoun Street, Charleston, South Carolina." 8x10 inch acetate negative by Frances Benjamin Johnston. View full size.

 

Jack's Sandwich Shop: 1941

Jack's Sandwich Shop: 1941

        UPDATE: Restaurant ID courtesy of Sagitta.

San Francisco circa 1941. "Restaurant counter." And another shot of the Buckley Music System "Music Box." (Selection No. 1: "Three at a Table for Two" by Dick Todd.) 8x10 acetate negative, photographer unknown. View full size.

 

Mackey's Creamery: 1943

Mackey's Creamery: 1943

        UPDATE: Restaurant ID thanks to tterrace.

June 7, 1943. "Restaurant soda fountain, Sausalito, California." Anyone got a nickel? 8x10 acetate negative, photographer unknown. View full size.

 

Howard's Chicken Shack: 1943

Howard's Chicken Shack: 1943

February 1943. "Daytona Beach, Florida. Street scene." Howard's Chicken Shack -- we're going to phone 9363 and see if they can deliver to 2016. Medium format negative by Gordon Parks for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Midway: 1943

Midway: 1943

February 1943. "Daytona Beach, Fla. Sunday morning street scene in Midway. McGill's Fish Market and Fann Lunchroom, Pine Street and 2nd Avenue." Midway, along with Newtown and Waycross, comprised the "Negro quarters" of Daytona Beach. Photo by Gordon Parks, Office of War Information. View full size.

 
 
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