Lamy's Diner, 1946

Summary

World War II veteran Clovis Lamy dreamed of owning a diner. After his discharge in October 1945, he ordered this 40-seat, 36- by 15-foot model from the Worcester Lunch Car Company, a premier New England diner builder. Lamy's diner was transported to Marlborough, Massachusetts, Lamy's home town, where it opened for business in April 1946. Local factory workers stopped in for lunch and those returning from a movie or show dropped in for dinner. Though Clovis Lamy enjoyed standing behind the counter talking to people, the work day was long and he seldom had time to eat with his family. Lamy moved the diner a year later, and then sold the business in 1949.

World War II veteran Clovis Lamy dreamed of owning a diner. After his discharge in October 1945, he ordered this 40-seat, 36- by 15-foot model from the Worcester Lunch Car Company, a premier New England diner builder. Lamy's diner was transported to Marlborough, Massachusetts, Lamy's home town, where it opened for business in April 1946. Local factory workers stopped in for lunch and those returning from a movie or show dropped in for dinner. Though Clovis Lamy enjoyed standing behind the counter talking to people, the work day was long and he seldom had time to eat with his family. Lamy moved the diner a year later, and then sold the business in 1949.

Artifact

Diner (Restaurant)

Date Made

1946

Driving America
 On Exhibit

at Henry Ford Museum in Driving America

Object ID

84.43.1

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford.

Material

Steel
Porcelain enamel
Stainless steel

Color

Blue
Silver (Color)
Yellow

Dimensions

Height: 11 ft

Width: 15 ft

Length: 36 ft

Inscriptions

Painted on exterior side: Lamy's / Booth Service

Specifications

Title: Lamy's Diner, 1946

Maker: Worcester Lunch Car Company, Worcester, Massachusetts

Capacity: Seats 40 at 16 stools and six 4-seat booths

Location history: Installed in Marlborough, Massachusetts, May 1946 Moved to Framingham, Massachusetts, 1947 Moved to Hudson, Massachusetts, 1949 Moved to Henry Ford Museum, 1984

Width: 15 feet

Overall length: 36 feet

Weight: 25 tons

Price: about $20,000

Average 1946 Wage: $2,473

Time you'd work to buy this diner: about 8 years, 1 month

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