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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • TO EUROPE THE AMERICAN WAY

Restaurants

Cafe Martin: 1908

Cafe Martin: 1908

New York circa 1908. "Cafe Martin, Fifth Avenue and 26th Street." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

The Club: 1900

The Club: 1900

Huron County, Michigan, circa 1900. "Dining room at the Club, Pointe aux Barques." 8x10 inch glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Mayfair Restaurant: 1948

Mayfair Restaurant: 1948

February 10, 1948. Washington, D.C. "Potomac Electric Power Co. -- commercial kitchens, restaurants and lighting. Mayfair Restaurant dining room." You'll come for the food and stay for the flattering indirect illumination. 8x10 acetate negative by Theodor Horydczak. View full size.

 

The Grill Room: 1912

The Grill Room: 1912

Detroit circa 1912. "Edelweiss Cafe -- The Grill Room." There may be a slight wait. 8x10 inch glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Eats: 1975

Eats: 1975

Can it be that a mere 36 years ago it was still a world of neon signs, diners that offered "eats," public telephones and gigantic vinyl-roofed hardtops? It was on Water Street in Petaluma, California. Already those days were numbered. Beasley's, in the c.1850 Wickersham Building, had only 5 years to go before being replaced by a fancy Italian restaurant - at which I enjoyed many a zabaglione, it must be admitted. Water Street, formerly an access alley of tar, asphalt patches and plain old dirt, is now a cobbled promenade, though the now-unused railroad tracks are still there. The rest of the business district is populated by boutiques, wine shops, shabby-chic antique emporia, nail-, hair- and skin-care parlors and lots more upscale restaurants. Somehow it all makes me want to belly up to a counter for a burger and a shake. Car is a Ford LTD, film Kodacolor II, photographer me. View full size.

Oyster Bay Cafe: 1905

Oyster Bay Cafe: 1905

Ann Arbor, Michigan, circa 1905. "Oyster Bay Cafe." Continuing the bivalve theme. 8x10 inch glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Sad Cafe: 1908

Sad Cafe: 1908

Lake George, New York, circa 1908. "The cafe, Fort William Henry Hotel." Welcome to the Purgatory Room, with cocktails and dancing nightly in the Limbo Lounge. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative. View full size.

 
 
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