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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • VINTAGE RIO TRAVEL, c 1950s

Restaurants

Last Call: 1937

Last Call: 1937

August 1937. "Abandoned saloon. Winton, Minnesota." Medium format nitrate negative by Russell Lee for the Resettlement Administration. View full size.

 

Hotel Ste. Claire: 1906

Hotel Ste. Claire: 1906

Detroit circa 1906. "Hotel Ste. Claire, Randolph and Monroe streets." Completed 1893, razed in the 1930s. Note signs advertising CHOP SUEY and CHOP SOY. Panorama made from two 8x10 inch glass negatives. View full size.

 

Tropic Café: 1901

Tropic Café: 1901

Circa 1901. "Hillside residences, St. Thomas, West Indies." To your left, the promise of REFRESHMENTS. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative. View full size.

 

Blossom Restaurant: 1935

Blossom Restaurant: 1935

Oct. 3, 1935. "Blossom Restaurant, 103 Bowery, Manhattan." 8x10 gelatin silver print by Berenice Abbott for the Federal Art Project. View full size.

 

Throwback Sundae: 1920

Throwback Sundae: 1920

Washington, D.C,, circa 1920. "People's Drug Store, soda fountain, 11th & G Streets." Another look at PDS #7, also seen here, here and here. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Light Lunch: 1902

Light Lunch: 1902

Circa 1902. "Window in girls' restaurant, National Cash Register Co., Dayton, Ohio." 8x10 inch glass negative by William Henry Jackson. View full size.

 

Right There: 1957

Right There: 1957

        The teenaged sisters were missing for 25 days before their naked, frozen bodies were found the morning of Jan. 22, 1957, when a passing construction worker spotted what appeared to be two discarded clothing-store mannequins lying next to a guardrail on German Church Road. -- From "True Crime Illinois," by Troy Taylor

"Grimes case -- 1/25/57." Diner employees who say they were among the last to see Patricia and Barbara Grimes, aged 13 and 15, alive. Their murder remains unsolved to this day. 4x5 acetate negative from the News Archive. View full size.

 
 
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