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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • THE TOY DEPARTMENT, 1913

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Grill Noir: 1940

Grill Noir: 1940

May 1940. "A hamburger shop in Durham, North Carolina." George's Grill, open all night. 35mm nitrate negative by Jack Delano. View full size.

 

Majestic Lunch: 1909

Majestic Lunch: 1909

1909. "Majestic Building from Detroit Opera House." With "ServSelf Lunch in Basement." 8x10 inch glass negative, Detroit Publishing Co. View full size.

 

Good Eats: 1937

Good Eats: 1937

1937. "Restaurant in Mobile, Alabama." Welcome to the Wooden Shoe, where you can order your eggs "dressed up" (but not too loudly, because it's a "Quiet Zone"). Photo by Arthur Rothstein, Resettlement Administration. View full size.

 

Special Pleating: 1941

Special Pleating: 1941

January 1941. "Old buildings in New Orleans." Custom Buttons and "Sandwiches of All Kind." Photo by Marion Post Wolcott. View full size.

 

Franco-American: 1913

Franco-American: 1913

July 14, 1913. "French fete." Bastille Day in New York 101 years ago, where the Continental lunch menu included Frankfurters, Clam Chowder, "All Kinds of Sandwiches" and Ice Cold Milk. Bain News Service glass negative. View full size.

 

Tavern on the Green: 1944

Tavern on the Green: 1944

January 5, 1944. "Tavern on the Green, Central Park, New York City. Christmas exterior. Arthur Schleifer, client." The former sheepfold, recently (April 2014) reopened under new management. Gottscho-Schleisner photo. View full size.

 

TWA Coffee Shop: 1962

TWA Coffee Shop: 1962

August 29, 1962. "Union News restaurants, Idlewild Airport. TWA coffee shop. Raymond Loewy Associates." Gottscho-Schleisner photo. View full size.

 
 
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