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Hot Shoppes Hotties: 1941

Hot Shoppes Hotties: 1941

December 1941. Washington, D.C. "Girls in Hot Shoppes restaurant." Medium format negative by John Collier, Office of War Information. View full size.


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Former Ice Palace demolished

The former Chevy Chase Ice Palace, immediately across the street from this Hot Shoppes location was just demolished in January according to the Ghosts of DC blog.

Deco Gadget

On the wall. Thermostat or jukebox remote? And yes Mr. Mel I remember those napkin holders. But they were still better that what you get today, which is a napkin wrapped around your silverware and that's it. You have to ask for another as if they're made of silk.

[The coinbox was seen here earlier. -tterrace]


The military insignia are a bit indistinct in the photo, but the girl at center seems to wearing three different officers' insignia on the front of her sweater: a "US" collar tab, the winged propellor of the Air Corps, and the crossed rifles of the Infantry. In addition, she's got at least one enlisted man's round lapel insignia on her turtleneck. Maybe two.

She's either a patriotic collector of uniform items, or she's very popular among the various branches of service.

Chevy Chase Ice Palace

A nice history of the building since its construction in 1938 here.

Ice Skating

At the rink on Connecticut Avenue NW, now the local ABC TV studios. This Hot Shoppes, complete with drive-in, was across the Avenue. I've dined there often, back in the day.

From the boy's table...

Must have been some skating party!

Dressed to the nines, back in the day

Presumably these young women were ice skating in those same outfits; doubtless they wear hats and white gloves when shopping at Hecht's or Woodie's as well. Now, here in California, I cannot get organizations that help the homeless re-enter the job market to accept like-new and still fashionable suits and ties, lest their charges intimidate their prospective, jeans-clad employers.

Seventy three years later

The same salt & pepper shakers, and the same napkin dispensers, down the road at my local Coney Island. The ash trays, not so much.

Hot Shoppes Fare Still Available

Those who grew up enjoying the Hot Shoppes burgers will be happy to know that they're available at at least some of the Marriott hotels in the DC area. Our company had a meeting last week at the Bethesda North Marriott and prior to the meeting I had a Marriott Burger with fries. Delicious.

The Mighty Mo burger is also available.


I always hated those restaurant napkin holders. It was a problem getting just one to come out and if I did, it was usually torn.

Those Pins

I suspect the gal in the center has a boyfriend in uniform.

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