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David Melson

Picturing the Past 50: Mystery diner

Posted Tuesday, March 2, 2010, at 7:40 AM
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  • Thanks David for another great picture. I am sorry, but I can not help you with this one. Maybe ilikeoldsongs or Wilderness 68 or someone like that can help to stir my memory about this place.

    -- Posted by leeiii on Tue, Mar 2, 2010, at 8:20 AM
  • I look forward to someone shedding a little light on this, but there is nothing moving around in my old brain about it.

    I do notice that it seemed to be favored by the ladies, and it's somewhat troubling to ponder the fact that this place somehow escaped my youthful attention.(tongue firmly in cheek)

    -- Posted by ilikeoldsongs on Tue, Mar 2, 2010, at 9:53 AM
  • David, Can you identify the diagonal line in the upper right corner of the photo? Could this possibly be the underside of a stairway?

    -- Posted by leeiii on Tue, Mar 2, 2010, at 10:22 AM
  • I blew up the photo in Photoshop and couldn't tell whether or not it's a stairwell. Are you talking about the longer line or the one in the most extreme upper right?

    But, you know, the more I look at that extreme upper right line, I think we just may be looking at a stairwell.

    Could this have possibly been in the Gunter Building?

    -- Posted by David Melson on Tue, Mar 2, 2010, at 10:34 AM
  • This looks more like a In Plant Break Room Cafeteria than a commercial restaurant.

    -- Posted by MyMrMarty on Tue, Mar 2, 2010, at 11:13 AM
  • David, I was referring to the longer line, but now that I look at the shorter line, I can see that the angle of both lines are identical which makes me think more of a stairway.

    I am not sure about the Gunter Building but I can not be for certain that it is or is not.

    -- Posted by leeiii on Tue, Mar 2, 2010, at 11:55 AM
  • It does look very much like a lunch room in a factory. Wasn't there a lot of sewing factories here at one time...that could explain why all the women were here.

    Of course I am just guessing ..

    -- Posted by Dianatn on Tue, Mar 2, 2010, at 12:54 PM
  • I tend to agree with MyMrMarty and Dianatn on this. My first impression was that the customers might be students of a beauty school, just based on the fact that they all seemed to have fresh, neat hair do's.But then I think it was probably into the 1980's that I recall such a school being here for awhile, just off the square on Holland St. Then again I may be dreaming that.

    But, unless this was a staged photograph, it seems to me that this location was in close proximity to some business that employed a large number of ladies as opposed to male employees.

    I'm not familiar with the entire basement area of the Gunter Building, but the South end, bordering on West Depot, held Roy Pressgrove's Barber Shop on one side(toward the square) and the Tea Room on the other. Roy's side was properly oriented with this picture, if we are looking at a stairway, however I feel pretty sure that I was getting my hait cut there no later than 1953 or 1954, and continued to do so for many years.

    -- Posted by ilikeoldsongs on Tue, Mar 2, 2010, at 1:18 PM
  • I think that restruant was just off the square across from the old post office.

    -- Posted by jim8377 on Wed, Mar 3, 2010, at 7:04 AM
  • jim8377, Even though I still am not familiar with a restaurant being at that place, it makes sense to me. That location would have been close enough to Flys to draw a crowd from there.

    -- Posted by leeiii on Wed, Mar 3, 2010, at 7:52 AM
  • It was also near the southern bell office. Many of the telephone operators ate there.

    -- Posted by jim8377 on Wed, Mar 3, 2010, at 9:11 AM
  • Hey Gang, could this be the Diner we thought of as "Woodsons" in the old alley behind Ben Franklins/Krogers on Depot St.....

    -- Posted by FlaDon on Wed, Mar 3, 2010, at 9:00 PM
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