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Diners of the North Shore

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From the time the first handful of night lunch wagons served up their simple fare on the streets of the North Shore in 1890, residents from every social and economic standing have frequented these familiar beacons of hospitality and their descendants, the diners. Over the course of the sixty years that followed, the area's manufacturing, transportation, and recreation centers provided the hungry clientele who helped spur the metamorphosis of the humble lunch wagon into the ...
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Overview


From the time the first handful of night lunch wagons served up their simple fare on the streets of the North Shore in 1890, residents from every social and economic standing have frequented these familiar beacons of hospitality and their descendants, the diners. Over the course of the sixty years that followed, the area's manufacturing, transportation, and recreation centers provided the hungry clientele who helped spur the metamorphosis of the humble lunch wagon into the sleek, efficient, and friendly eatery known as the diner.

Diners of the North Shore is a fascinating collection of many previously unpublished images from the golden age of the diner. Bearing names such as Hesperus in Gloucester, Lafayette in Salem, and Suntaug in Peabody, these eat-on-the-run oases provided their customers with not only a square meal but also an atmosphere as welcoming as one's kitchen. From the primitive Night Owl lunch wagon to the art deco-inspired Sterling Streamliner, Diners of the North Shore showcases each diner's unique character, along with the colorful personalities who ran them.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780738510712
  • Publisher: Arcadia Publishing SC
  • Publication date: 9/15/2002
  • Series: Images of America Series
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 1,391,395
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.20 (d)

Meet the Author


A founding member of the American Diner Museum and an antique and diner restoration specialist, Gary Thomas has aided in the removal and preservation of numerous diners in the northeastern United States. Actively involved as the roadside curator of the Walker Transportation Collection at the Beverly Historical Society, the author has assisted in curating exhibits regarding this subject, as well as documenting many aspects of the industry.
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