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Rainbow Vets Diner: 1936

Rainbow Vets Diner: 1936

September 1936. "Amoskeag, Manchester, New Hampshire." 35mm nitrate negative by Carl Mydans for the Resettlement Administration. View full size.

 

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Old vs New Rainbow Vet's Diner

I want to point out that the color photos came from my Diner Hotline Weblog. The older Rainbow Vet's Diner is more than likely a 1920's vintage Teirney Diner (or possibly Jerry O'Mahony Diner). The photo shows a very shallow barrel roof with skylight type vents. Worcester Lunch Car Company did not make their barrel roofs that shallow and did not use that type of vent.

Tuned In

Middle of the photo on the far right -- is that an early radio antenna? Rainbow Vets Diner was decked out with the modern conveniences!

[Maybe. Although I don't know if you could call 1936 "early" as far as radio goes. - Dave]

Hoods ice cream

Grew up in New England. Still remember the Hoods milkman delivering to the house 2-3 times a week He would ring the doorbell when he dropped off ice cream unless it was winter.

Diner today ID

The Rainbow Vets Diner looks more like this Worcester Lunch Car, identified as "Kingsley's Diner," shown immediately below the Sterling Streamliner on the Abandoned Lunchonettes site cited by Anonymous Tipster:

Diners for Sale

Here's a place to start your search:

http://www.americandinermuseum.org/site/dfs-summary.php

Green destruction

Anonymous' photo and link are the icing on the cake.

This all makes me want to find a Sterling Streamliner in reasonable condition and start up a diner in my small town.

42nd Infantry Division

The 42nd Rainbow Division, NY State National Guard, served honorably in both World Wars and is still active. The owner(s) of the Diner were probably with the 42nd during the First World War. The Outfit included men from 14 different States during wartime. It is now mostly made up of men and women from New York and New Jersey.

Made it to the '80s, sorta

The fate of this diner is detailed here.

This diner was moved from Manchester, NH into the woods just off the Route 28 Bypass in Hooksett, NH. This single-ended Sterling Streamliner was obviously there a while before I got to take this shot. There was almost nothing left of it. I photographed it on December 5, 1981. It lasted a few more years but was eventually demolished.

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