In looking back through some of my older images, I came across this one. What I thought of when I saw it was how sweet it was in the 50’s and 60’s to have diners in local communities where the servers, chef and owners know their customers by name and the customers know the servers, chef and owners. This image reminds me of the soda fountain that was in my parents’ corner Drug Store, Gold Coast Drug in Los Angeles. I pretty much grew up in that store and I had fun behind the counter of the soda fountain. I think this is one reason why we are regular and frequent customers of some of our local family restaurants where we’ve gotten to know the staff and owners.
What are your memories of diners and soda fountains in the 50’s and 60’s? Share them in the comments section below.