Business Card for J. M. Colquhoun, Central Night Lunch Wagon, Detroit, Michigan, 1901-1927

Summary

John Colquhoun operated a night lunch wagon in Detroit. He offered simple, affordable food to hungry customers after regular restaurants closed for the night. Henry Ford patronized Colquhoun's wagon while working at the Edison Illuminating Company in the 1890s. After a city ordinance banned lunch wagons in 1926, Ford acquired the fondly-remembered wagon from Colquhoun for use in Greenfield Village.

John Colquhoun operated a night lunch wagon in Detroit. He offered simple, affordable food to hungry customers after regular restaurants closed for the night. Henry Ford patronized Colquhoun's wagon while working at the Edison Illuminating Company in the 1890s. After a city ordinance banned lunch wagons in 1926, Ford acquired the fondly-remembered wagon from Colquhoun for use in Greenfield Village.

Material

Paper (Fiber product)
Cardboard

Technique

Printing (Process)

Color

Black-and-white (Colors)

Dimensions

Height: 2.75 in

Width: 4.625 in

Inscriptions

on front: J. M. COLQUHOUN, / Central Night Lunch Wagon, / West Ford Street, / Between Griswold and Woodward. DETROIT, MICH. / For information in regard to Car Service, / Call Me Up, Main 103. on back: DON'T KNOCK [...] COME OVER TO THE WAGON AND GET A CUP OF COFFEE AND SANDWICH BEFORE GOING HOME

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