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My dad used to take me here as a little kid.    "If you were a working stiff in New York any time during the mid-twentieth century, there’s a good chance that your daily lunch breaks were spent at one of the fifty Automat restaurants around the city. At the height of their popularity, they served around 350,000 customers a day. With their vast walls of chrome-and-glass food-dispensing machines offering everything from Salisbury steak to cream spinach to apple pie.

My dad used to take me here as a little kid. "If you were a working stiff in New York any time during the mid-twentieth century, there’s a good chance that your daily lunch breaks were spent at one of the fifty Automat restaurants around the city. At the height of their popularity, they served around 350,000 customers a day. With their vast walls of chrome-and-glass food-dispensing machines offering everything from Salisbury steak to cream spinach to apple pie.

woolworth's lunch counter 1900 | Yep they strill make Bosco, but sadly Woolworths is no more!

woolworth's lunch counter 1900 | Yep they strill make Bosco, but sadly Woolworths is no more!

Vintage Diner - note the roof line, hard to decide if this was perhaps a 'temporary' structure or by design

Vintage Diner - note the roof line, hard to decide if this was perhaps a 'temporary' structure or by design

Folks looking for something good to eat have never had to look far in New Jersey. For years, a rich mix of diners, drive-ins, ice cream shops and luncheonettes have lined the roads that cut through the state. And, small,...

Folks looking for something good to eat have never had to look far in New Jersey. For years, a rich mix of diners, drive-ins, ice cream shops and luncheonettes have lined the roads that cut through the state. And, small,...

1950s Malt Shop Hamilton Beach Milk Shake Triple Mixer 3 Head Milkshake Maker Vintage Model 40DM.

1950s Malt Shop Hamilton Beach Milk Shake Triple Mixer 3 Head Milkshake Maker Vintage Model 40DM.