|Photo by Nat Farbman, April 1959 from LIFE Photo Archive|
Pie n'Burger in Pasadena, CA
I'm also listing some trivia about diner history and of course diner lingo. You can also visit this awesome website for more: http://www.dinerlingo.com
- The word diner comes from "dining car" because a diner is supposed to be a prefabricated structure that is brought to a permanent location where it will serve as a dining establishment.
- Diners started as converted wagons in the late 19th century (the earliest of lunch trucks). When electric steetcars began replacing the horse drawn wagons, they were converted into dining cars for a cheaper price than actually purchasing a new prefabricated dining car.
- After women got the vote in the twenties, diners begain re-vamping their image in order to gain a feminine following. They basically prettied up their places with flower boxes and fresh coats of paint. Bathrooms were also added.
- Streamlining of dining cars began in the 1930's and when buses replaced trollies, trollies were converted into dining cars as well.
- The 1940's and 1950's were the boom era of the diner. Demand for them skyrocketed and designs followed a more futuristic appeal, especially in the fifties.
- Many diners were and are open 24 hours and many were located strategically near factories that were open all night to cater to night crew laborers.
- Typical wallet-friendly menu items of most diners include hamburgers, fries, shakes, coffee, and of course classic breakfast items like pancakes, eggs, bacon and waffles (you know, all the healthy stuff).
Can you guess what this order would be in regular talk:
"A Stack of Vermont with a Baby and Throw it in the Mud"
|Photo by Will Hastings from Flickr Creative Commons|