Eating Out: Mind-Blowing Mid-Century Restaurant Postcards

In the 20th Century we began to eat out in our droves. In this gallery, we see restaurant postcards, pass-it-on souvenirs of memorable and special meals. The harsh modern critic suggests the busy decor existed to distract attention from the food, those oft-tried combinations of pineapple, cheese and aspic. But the interiors also tell us that these places were not bland chains. These were individual small businesses full of large pendant lighting, food-shaped furniture and other furnishings that mattered to their owners.

 

Sir Nicholas Restaurant & Tavern, Toronto, Ontario

Sir Nicholas Restaurant & Tavern, Toronto, Ontario

Strolling Violinists At The Casino Restaurant, Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Strolling Violinists At The Casino Restaurant, Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Shangri-La Restaurant, Chicago, Illinois

Shangri-La Restaurant, Chicago, Illinois

The Art Gallery Lounge, Kapok Tree Inn, Clearwater, Florida

The Art Gallery Lounge, Kapok Tree Inn, Clearwater, Florida

The Dolphin Lounge, Peter Pan Inn, Urbana, Maryland

The Dolphin Lounge, Peter Pan Inn, Urbana, Maryland

Petite Marmite, Palm Beach, Florida

Petite Marmite, Palm Beach, Florida

Cafe Des'Artistes, New York

Cafe Des’Artistes, New York

Pancake Palace, San Francisco International Airport, California

Pancake Palace, San Francisco International Airport, California

Chandelier Room, Kapok Tree Inn, Clearwater, Florida

Chandelier Room, Kapok Tree Inn, Clearwater, Florida

The Gallery Dining Room, , Kapok Tree Inn, Clearwater, Florida

The Gallery Dining Room, , Kapok Tree Inn, Clearwater, Florida

The Anniversary Room, Danny's Hideaway, New York

The Anniversary Room, Danny’s Hideaway, New York

The Red Fox Saloon, Moran, Wyoming

The Red Fox Saloon, Moran, Wyoming

Nancine's, Great Neck, New York

Nancine’s, Great Neck, New York

The Plumed Horse, Saratoga, California

The Plumed Horse, Saratoga, California

The San Franciscan Restaurant, Salt Lake City, Utah

The San Franciscan Restaurant, Salt Lake City, Utah

Polonaise, A Restaurant Of Distinction, New York

Polonaise, A Restaurant Of Distinction, New York

Cafe Renaissance, New York

Cafe Renaissance, New York

The Franz Josef Viennese Restaurant And Cabaret, Toronto, Ontario

The Franz Josef Viennese Restaurant And Cabaret, Toronto, Ontario

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Arctic Lounge, Lac Ouimet Resort, Quebec

Arctic Lounge, Lac Ouimet Resort, Quebec

A & Eagle Room, Pepin Distributing Company, Tampa, Florida

A & Eagle Room, Pepin Distributing Company, Tampa, Florida

The Newfoundland Room, Swimwesto Hotel-Motel, Grand Falls, Newfoundland

The Newfoundland Room, Swimwesto Hotel-Motel, Grand Falls, Newfoundland

The Fallsview, Ellenville, New York

The Fallsview, Ellenville, New York

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