[“1725 Broadway — New beverage section open to public. Sept. 19, 1949.” From the New York Public Llibrary Digital Gallery. Click for a larger view.]
“For two nickels, a cup of coffee comes spurting from the mouth of an engaging beast, the likes of which Linnaeus never saw”: Harold H. Hart’s Hart’s Guide to New York City (New York: Hart Publishing, 1964). I’m guessing that nothing had changed between 1949 and 1964. A 1914 Automat advertisement (also from the NYPL) shows the same kind of beast at work.
“Lunch Hour NYC”
New York, 1964: Automat
[I remember eating at the Automat in childhood. But what? All I can remember is using coins.]
Thursday, June 21, 2012
By Michael Leddy at 8:07 AM