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The Worcester Lunch Car Company, Massachusetts (Images of America Series)

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by Richard J. S. Gutman
     
 

The Worcester Lunch Car Company monopolized the New England market with its colorful diners. Although Worcester sent a smattering of diners as far as Florida and Michigan, the cars were most popular in their home territory. From 1906 to 1961, the company built six hundred fifty-one diners, with as few as ten or as many as seventy seats. Known for their small size

Overview


The Worcester Lunch Car Company monopolized the New England market with its colorful diners. Although Worcester sent a smattering of diners as far as Florida and Michigan, the cars were most popular in their home territory. From 1906 to 1961, the company built six hundred fifty-one diners, with as few as ten or as many as seventy seats. Known for their small size, solid construction, and old-fashioned styling, the cars featured oak and mahogany woodwork, intricate ceramic tile patterns, and a backbar of stainless steel. Their distinctive porcelain enamel exteriors with names emblazoned on them proudly proclaimed their presence along the roadside. Day and night, these diners fed generations of New England's working class; today, fewer than one hundred lunch cars still operate.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780738535838
Publisher:
Arcadia Publishing SC
Publication date:
05/01/2004
Series:
Images of America Series
Pages:
128
Sales rank:
1,138,272
Product dimensions:
6.46(w) x 9.32(h) x 0.34(d)

Meet the Author


The Worcester Lunch Car Company features unpublished materials from the company archives, preserved at the Worcester Historical Museum. It also draws on the personal collection of the author, Richard J. S. Gutman, who owns two thousand slides and photographs of Worcester diners. Photographs show the first and last diners built by Worcester, and all styles in between.

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