Classic Diners of Massachusetts

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The Commonwealth of Massachusetts was birthplace to the burgeoning "night lunch wagon" manufacturing industry in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. These horse-drawn food carts eventually evolved into classic American diners. For many years, diner builders like the Worcester Lunch Car Company and J.B. Judkins Company operated in the Bay State, while few new diners opened for business after 1960. This left the state with a high concentration of some of the best-preserved diners built during the early to mid-twentieth century, including the Capitol Diner in Lynn, the Route 66 Diner in Springfield and Buddy's Diner in Somerville. Eatery historian Larry Cultrera discusses this appetizing history and the not-be-missed items on unforgettable diner menus.
ISBN: 9781609493233
Format: Paperback
Publisher: The History Press
State: Massachusetts
Series: American Palate
Images: 65
Pages: 160
Dimensions: 6 (w) x 9 (h)
Larry Cultrera is an archivist/photographer of the American roadside, specializing in documenting the American diner through his photographs. He is a longtime member of the Society for Commercial Archeology (SCA). Since October 2007, Cultrera has authored the Diner Hotline Weblog (, which is a continuation of a column he penned for the SCA's Journal Magazine for over eighteen years. He has been researching diners and their history since 1980, although he can trace his interest back to his childhood in Medford, Massachusetts. Cultrera has been featured on various TV shows that covered the subject of diners, such as CBS Sunday Morning with Charles Kuralt and Bob Elliot Presents New England Diners (WCSH Channel 6, Portland, Maine), which also ran on cable TV's Discovery Channel. He has been interviewed for numerous newspaper and magazine articles including the Boston Globe, the Syracuse [New York] Post Standard and the Portland [Maine] Press Herald, as well as Smithsonian Magazine, Insight Magazine and Yankee Magazine. He also conducts popular slide presentations on subjects such as the history of diners entitled “From Lunch Carts to Mega Restaurants, 1872 to the Present—The Ever-Changing Appearance of the American Diner.
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