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Penobscot Building, Detroit, Michigan1957 Wire Photo via eBay
Another wire photo of this Detroit landmark.
From eBay:

1957 Detroit Michigan Penobscot Building Wire Photo
You are bidding on an original 8 x 10 Wire Photo of Detroit Michigan Penobscot Building. Photo is dated Sep 24,1957.
We have acquired one of the largest collections of Original AP, UPI and various other news service photos from several news media outlets. Most of our photographs are in great condition considering they are 20 - 90 years old. 

Penobscot Building, Detroit, Michigan
1957 Wire Photo via eBay

Another wire photo of this Detroit landmark.

From eBay:

1957 Detroit Michigan Penobscot Building Wire Photo

You are bidding on an original 8 x 10 Wire Photo of Detroit Michigan Penobscot Building. Photo is dated Sep 24,1957.

We have acquired one of the largest collections of Original AP, UPI and various other news service photos from several news media outlets. Most of our photographs are in great condition considering they are 20 - 90 years old. 

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George & Sally’s Roadside Diner, Hickory Corners, Michiganby mrkyle229
Awesome diner interior. Wow.
And BTW, about diners (from Wikipedia):

A diner is a prefabricated restaurant building characteristic of North America, especially on Long Island, in New York City, in New Jersey, and in other areas of the Northeastern United States, although examples can be found throughout the US and in Canada. Some people apply the term not only to the prefabricated structures, but also to restaurants that serve cuisine similar to traditional diner cuisine even if they are located in more traditional types of buildings. Diners are characterized by offering a wide range of foods, mostly American, a casual atmosphere, a counter, and late operating hours. “Classic American Diners” are often characterized by an exterior layer of glimmering stainless steel—a feature unique to diner architecture.
Like a mobile home, the original style diner is narrow and elongated and allows roadway transportation. In the case of the diner, this is a carry-over from the first “true” diners ever built, which were never intended to remain stationary. The original diners (as opposed to “dining wagons”) were actual dining cars on railways. When a dining car was no longer fit for service, it was often employed as a cheap restaurant at a (stationary) location near a train station or along the side of the railroad at some other location.
Later, tradition—along with equipment designed to build railcars—kept this size and shape. In this original floorplan, a service counter dominates the interior, with a preparation area against the back wall and floor-mounted stools for the customers in front. Larger models may have a row of booths against the front wall and at the ends. The decor varied over time. Diners of the 1920s–1940s feature Art Deco elements or copy the appearance of rail dining cars (though very few are, in fact, refurbished rail cars). They featured porcelain enamel exteriors, some with the name written on the front, others with bands of enamel, others in flutes. Many had a “barrel vault” roofline. Tile floors were common. Diners of the 1950s tended to use stainless steel panels, porcelain enamel, glass blocks, terrazzo floors, Formica and neon sign trim.

George & Sally’s Roadside Diner, Hickory Corners, Michigan
by mrkyle229

Awesome diner interior. Wow.

And BTW, about diners (from Wikipedia):

A diner is a prefabricated restaurant building characteristic of North America, especially on Long Island, in New York City, in New Jersey, and in other areas of the Northeastern United States, although examples can be found throughout the US and in Canada. Some people apply the term not only to the prefabricated structures, but also to restaurants that serve cuisine similar to traditional diner cuisine even if they are located in more traditional types of buildings. Diners are characterized by offering a wide range of foods, mostly American, a casual atmosphere, a counter, and late operating hours. “Classic American Diners” are often characterized by an exterior layer of glimmering stainless steel—a feature unique to diner architecture.

Like a mobile home, the original style diner is narrow and elongated and allows roadway transportation. In the case of the diner, this is a carry-over from the first “true” diners ever built, which were never intended to remain stationary. The original diners (as opposed to “dining wagons”) were actual dining cars on railways. When a dining car was no longer fit for service, it was often employed as a cheap restaurant at a (stationary) location near a train station or along the side of the railroad at some other location.

Later, tradition—along with equipment designed to build railcars—kept this size and shape. In this original floorplan, a service counter dominates the interior, with a preparation area against the back wall and floor-mounted stools for the customers in front. Larger models may have a row of booths against the front wall and at the ends. The decor varied over time. Diners of the 1920s–1940s feature Art Deco elements or copy the appearance of rail dining cars (though very few are, in fact, refurbished rail cars). They featured porcelain enamel exteriors, some with the name written on the front, others with bands of enamel, others in flutes. Many had a “barrel vault” roofline. Tile floors were common. Diners of the 1950s tended to use stainless steel panels, porcelain enamel, glass blocks, terrazzo floors, Formica and neon sign trim.

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Olympia Diner, Newington, Connecticutby Dave Williams
Classic diner in Connecticut.
From Flickr:

The Olympia Diner, on the Berline Turnpike in Newington, was built around 1950. It was one of many diners made by the Jerry O’Mahoney Company in the 1950s. Diners of the period retained many aspects of the earlier art deco style. The Olympia Diner continues to operate as a popular restaurant and historic landmark.

Web site: olympiadiner.net
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Olympia Diner, Newington, Connecticut
by Dave Williams

Classic diner in Connecticut.

From Flickr:

The Olympia Diner, on the Berline Turnpike in Newington, was built around 1950. It was one of many diners made by the Jerry O’Mahoney Company in the 1950s. Diners of the period retained many aspects of the earlier art deco style. The Olympia Diner continues to operate as a popular restaurant and historic landmark.

Web site: olympiadiner.net

Second pic (same photographer):

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Biltmore Hotel, Oklahoma City, OklahomaVintage 1950s Ad via Holcroft
Awesome hotel ad for what was (it says) largest hotel in Oklahoma.
From seller:

1950s Hotel Advertisement - Biltmore Oklahoma City - Vintage Antique Retro 50s Era Pop Art Ad for Framing 50 Years Old
This advertisement is from 1958.Page Measures aprox. 8.75x5.5For sale is the real deal, NOT a reproduction.

Biltmore Hotel, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Vintage 1950s Ad via Holcroft

Awesome hotel ad for what was (it says) largest hotel in Oklahoma.

From seller:

1950s Hotel Advertisement - Biltmore Oklahoma City - Vintage Antique Retro 50s Era Pop Art Ad for Framing 50 Years Old

This advertisement is from 1958.

Page Measures aprox. 8.75x5.5

For sale is the real deal, NOT a reproduction.

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