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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • CARNAVAL EN LA HABANA, 1941

Restaurants

Roeber's Cafe: 1908

Roeber's Cafe: 1908

On the left, champion wrestler and vaudeville impresario Ernst Roeber (1861-1944) and his Manhattan saloon at 499 Sixth Avenue around Easter 1908. 8x10 glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection. View full size. Roeber (aka Ernest or Ernie) also operated a cafe in the Ridgewood section of Brooklyn.

 

The Edward Hopper Cafe: 1936

The Edward Hopper Cafe: 1936

April 1936. "Sunday dinner. Jackson, Ohio." 35mm nitrate negative by Theodor Jung, Resettlement Administration. View full size.

 

Soda Jerker: 1939

Soda Jerker: 1939

February 1939. Corpus Christi, Texas. "Soda jerker flipping ice cream into malted milk shakes." View full size. Photo by Russell Lee. And make mine a double.

 

1904 Tap Room, San Francisco, California

1904 Tap Room, San Francisco, California

A San Francisco taproom in 1904. View full size.

Spud Cellar: 1939

Spud Cellar: 1939

October 1939. Tavern on main street of potato town during harvest season. Merrill, Oregon. View full size. Photograph by Dorothea Lange.

 

A Square Meal for a Nickel: 1910

A Square Meal for a Nickel: 1910

5 cent restaurant in New York's Bowery circa 1910. View full size. 8x10 glass negative, G.G. Bain Collection. What you get for your 5 cents at the People's Restaurant: Stew, Pork & Beans, Oatmeal & Milk. "All with bread & coffee."

 

Blue Bell Hamburgers 12¢

Blue Bell Hamburgers 12¢

The Blue Bell diner at 619 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington. June 1948. View full size | Even larger | Read the menu. The Blue Bell had an upscale cousin on 10th Street, the Waffle Shop. Photograph by Theodor Horydczak.

 
 
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