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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • ENGLISH AND AMERICAN BAR, c. 1890

Restaurants

Canteen Scene: 1943

Canteen Scene: 1943

December 1943. Washington, D.C. "In the canteen for enlisted men at the United Nations Service Center on a Saturday night." Medium-format safety negative by Esther Bubley for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Fast Food: 1943

Fast Food: 1943

March 1943. "Pearlington, Mississippi (vicinity). Truck driver eating at a trucker's stop along U.S. Highway 90." Hey buddy, pass the salt? Medium-format nitrate negative by John Vachon for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Nighthawk: 1943

Nighthawk: 1943

April 1943. Washington, D.C. "Girl sitting alone in the Sea Grill waiting for a pickup. 'I come in here pretty often, sometimes alone, mostly with another girl, we drink beer, and talk, and of course we keep our eyes open -- you'd be surprised at how often nice lonesome soldiers ask Sue, the waitress, to introduce them to us.' " Medium-format nitrate negative by Esther Bubley for the OWI. View full size.

 

Hancock's: 1914

Hancock's: 1914

"Hancock's, the Old Curiosity Shop, 1234 Pennsylvania Avenue," probably around 1914, the final year of its existence. The restaurant, the Washington Post reported in 1927, "was noted particularly for two things -- its cocktails and its fried chicken." Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Oysters Hot Waffles: 1920

Oysters Hot Waffles: 1920

Circa 1920. "Herald, Seventh and H streets N.E." Continuing our culinary tour of the nation's capital, we present the New Olive Cafe, next door to H. Bennett, Barber, and Blechman's Fashion Shop. National Photo Co. View full size.

 

Napoleon's Pastry Shop: 1924

Napoleon's Pastry Shop: 1924

Washington, D.C., circa 1924. "Cathedral Mansions, bakery," 3000 Connecticut Avenue. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Happy, Happy: 1937

Happy, Happy: 1937

1937. Washington, D.C. "Elder Michaux, Happy News Cafe." The radio evangelist and a young admirer at the Happy News, where indeed everyone is beaming with delight. Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

 
 
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