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Kewpee Hamburgs: 1940

Kewpee Hamburgs: 1940

July 1940. "Brick house on main street of Benton Harbor, Michigan." Our focus here is next door, on the Kewpee Hotel restaurant, purveyor of "Kewpee Hamburgs" (a regional chain last glimpsed here). Medium format acetate negative by John Vachon. View full size.


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Kewpee & White's Decorators

It seems Kewpee and White had the same decorator!
Possibly Merritt Riley Worix, a decorator painter who lived nearby in St Joseph MI.

Put it all together

Can you see the Heathkit factory from here?

Lost in transition

A nice home getting surrounded by businesses in a transitional neighborhood is as old as the hills, it seems.

No House, No Hamburgs

It seems our house and hamburgers are both gone. After finding the location of White's Auto Body (248 Territorial Road) in an old directory, I think I have the house's location. (260 E Main Street.) The windows on the building across the alley appear to match.

Nice House

I realize the focus is on the Kewpee Hamburg building, but the substantial and seemingly well-maintained home that was the photographer's intended focus looks out of place in this industrial neighborhood.

Kewpee Was Here

... at 261 East Main Street.

Kewpee Lives on!

A Kewpee burger can still be had in the porcelain flagship in Lima, Ohio. The downtown location had a car turntable to help you exit the parking lot. The square patties and chocolate "thicks" are delicious and said to be Dave Thomas' inspiration for Wendy's burgers and Frosties.

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