Sunday, July 27, 2014

Hair Cut

This is a great hair cut picture from 1943. The picture was taken in a logging camp in Maine. The camp was 35 miles from the nearest real barber, so the workers would give each other hair cuts. The guy seems to be doing a pretty good job!

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Barber Shop

Welcome to Barber Shop Week here at OPOD. We will be looking at the Old School men's barbershops. These too seem to have quickly disappeared. They have been replaced by these large Supercut type places that cut women, children and men's hair. The old Barber Shops were places men gathered to discuss politics, business and the weather. I can remember growing up going to places like this one. Another nice little part of life that has faded away.

Friday, July 25, 2014

William Penn Diner

We wrap up Diner Week with this picture of the William Penn Diner on Route 40 in Delaware. The picture was taken in 1939. At first glance it looks like an airplane has crashed into the diner. Upon further thought, I am pretty sure that it is just an advertising gimmick being used by the diner. I think if a plane hit a roof at that angle, both the plane and the diner would be destroyed. I don't think there is any way you would  have a plane so gently crash into a roof. In any way, it is a neat visual effect.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Milk Bottle Diner

Talk about an out of the ordinary eatery . . . this diner is shaped like a milk bottle. I am curious how this came about. Some guy is sitting somewhere and gets an idea . . . I can make a diner shaped like a milk bottle. In any event, it adds interest to life when all cafes are not shaped the same.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014


If there is anything even more gone than the old independently owned diners, it is the Drive-Ins. The Malt Shop above is reminiscent of many drive ins I can remember from my childhood. We had "Nita's". It served hamburgers, fries, milk shakes, malts, lime aids and all types of good things. There was no place to sit inside, and you drove up and ate in your car, or at outside picnic tables. I guess the Sonic chains are drive-ins, but really no at all the same.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Diner Patrons

Today's picture features the interior of the White Crystal Diner, which we showed the outside of yesterday. This picture has all the elements that I remember from these old diners . . . hand written menu on the wall, countertop and stools, big coffee makers and the like. I bet they served home made pie as well. Yes, it is sad that these places have pretty much been displaced by McDonald's and Burger Kings.

Monday, July 21, 2014

White Crystal Diner

Today's picture features the White Crystal Diner. It was in Atlantic Highlands, New Jersey.

Yesterday Sue mentioned in the comments that she orders BLT and Milkshake at diners. I had forgotten about the BLT. Yes, that is one of my favorite menu items as well.

I do miss these old diners. We really don't have any left in this area. They have pretty much all been displaced by the big chain places.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Diner Interior

Today we take a look at the interior of the Day and Night Diner which we shows an exterior view of yesterday. The picture shows all the things you remember from these old diners. I am going to bet they served pretty good burgers and milk shakes.