Are you old enough to remember when most diners consisted of a lot of chrome, had wall box jukebox players at each table, and served cream for coffee in tiny little glass containers instead of plastic ones? Do you have other memories of actual car hops coming out to your car and taking orders for food, and then delivering it on tray that hooked to the car by the driver's window? Have you ever had a hamburger, fries and a coke for $.50? Oh good! You are a kindred spirit!
I have strong memories of diners and car hop places going way back to the fifties. For years I could not hear a doo-wap song on the radio without seeing myself sitting in a diner booth. I have always loved diners, their aesthetic and their ambience.
Somewhere around 1979 0r 1980 I purchased this book.
Oh, good! I thought Someone else loves diners and appreciates them.
Little did I know then that I would actually get to know Richard Gutman when our children were at the same school in the 1990s! Here is a nice article about him. I mentioned that I had the book and he told me even THEN it was already a collectible. I subsequently bought this book:
Since then, some years have passed. I have a book of my own in progress and I continue to seek out as many authentic period diners as humanly possible to enjoy a nice burger in. I also bought one of these, by Jerry Berta:
Until my own book comes out, I have my own little tribute available now: my latest fabric collection! Check it out and look for it at your favorite quilting fabric stores on line and in person.
The gals come in cream,too:
And, how would you know where to pull over, if not for a great roadside sign?
You can see the entire collection here. All prints come in black or cream backgrounds. It's called? What else? Barbara's Diner! Bon appetit!