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Classic Diners of Massachusetts

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The Commonwealth of Massachusetts was birthplace to the burgeoning "Night Lunch Wagon" manufacturing industry in the late 19th century and early 20th century. These horse-drawn lunch wagons would eventually evolve into what became the classic American Diner. For many years there were diner builders like the Worcester Lunch Car Company (Worcester) and J.B. Judkins Company (Merrimac) operating in the Bay State, but only a handful of new diners were created after 1960. This left the state with a high concentration ...

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Overview

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts was birthplace to the burgeoning "Night Lunch Wagon" manufacturing industry in the late 19th century and early 20th century. These horse-drawn lunch wagons would eventually evolve into what became the classic American Diner. For many years there were diner builders like the Worcester Lunch Car Company (Worcester) and J.B. Judkins Company (Merrimac) operating in the Bay State, but only a handful of new diners were created after 1960. This left the state with a high concentration of some of the best preserved diners from the early to mid-20th century.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781609493233
  • Publisher: History Press, The
  • Publication date: 10/20/2011
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 943,233
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Larry Cultrera is an archivist/photographer of the American roadside, specializing in documenting the American diner through his photographs. He is a longtime member of the Society for Commercial Archeology (SCA). Since October 2007, Cultrera has authored the Diner Hotline Weblog, which is a continuation of a column he penned for the SCA's Journal Magazine for over eighteen years. He has been researching diners and their history since 1980, although he can trace his interest back to his childhood in Medford, Massachusetts. He has photographed and kept a running log (now a computerized database) of over eight hundred of these truly unique American restaurants and has a collection of memorabilia consisting of everything from postcards, menus, matchbook covers and business cards to toy diner models, T-shirts and actual selected pieces of now demolished diners, such as marble countertops, exterior panels, signs and light fixtures.
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