Thursday, June 21, 2012

Automat beverage section

[“1725 Broadway — New beverage section open to public. Sept. 19, 1949.” From the New York Public Library 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.

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[I remember eating at the Automat in childhood. But what? All I can remember is using coins.]

comments: 2

zzi said...

Love that coffee dispenser. Check out "Touch of Mink" for a good viewing of Horn & Hardart (59-60?)

Michael Leddy said...

Thanks for the recommendation. There’s a good one in Easy Living too.