Posts tagged 1950s
Posts tagged 1950s
Canadian Imperial Bank, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Streamline train depicted on the face of this 1951 building, now the World Trade Centre.
Penobscot Building, Detroit, Michigan
1957 Wire Photo via eBay
Another wire photo of this Detroit landmark.
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.
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Note the ad for the Halloween raffle on that car.
The Meralta Theater at 10912 Downey Avenue, 1953. The theater was demolished in 1978. For more pics of Historic Downey, the Downey Historical Conservancy has an awesome photostream.
That car has such a sense of motion, it’s like it’s going to shoot off the on the beach right through that barrier.
Picture postcard of the Big Rock Beach Cafe, Malibu Beach, 1953.
The Times-Mirror reading room in the Doheny Library, USC, 1950’s.
George & Sally’s Roadside Diner, Hickory Corners, Michigan
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.
Olympia Diner, Newington, Connecticut
by Dave Williams
Classic diner in Connecticut.
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):
Trail Theater, St. Joseph, Missouri
by Jim Good
Mid-Century vitrolite and aluminum theater. Additional view here.
Biltmore Hotel, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Vintage 1950s Ad via Holcroft
Awesome hotel ad for what was (it says) largest hotel in Oklahoma.
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.
Visitors enjoying the view in 1950.
Empire State Building 1950
Photo: George Rodger