Over the years, I have photographed many diners. But also, being a member of the Society for Commercial Archeology since 1981, I have been moved to document other roadside places that were interesting. These included what is generally known as “Programatic Architecture”, basically buildings in the shape of what they sell or in the shape of other things such as “ships” and “boats”. Anyway, here are a few images of places that I had included in a power point slide show I did a couple of years ago I called “Local Roadside Memories”.
The Clam Box
Bayrd’s Indian Trading Post
The Ship Restaurant
Sailor Tom’s House
Sailor Tom’s house was part of a unique roadside restaurant that was a destination from the 1940′s through the 1950′s. The restaurant closed by the 1960′s and the house was the only structure that remained to remind anyone of what had been there. A new housing development is now being built there.
The Big Duck
The Big Duck was built by a local farmer to sell duck eggs in the 1930′s. It is currently in it’s third location and is a local landmark, used to sell souvenirs.
The Milk Bottle
Frates Dairy (another Milk Bottle shaped building)
Gallon Measure Gas Station
Salvador’s Ice Cream (Milk Can)
Nipper (on building)
Prince Pizzeria and Restaurant
Originally part of a small chain of resaturants opened by the Prince Spaghetti Company, operated as the Prince Spaghetti Houses. The chain broke up by the early 60′s and this unit was taken over by an employee who through hard work and perserverance made it a huge success. The restaurant has been enlarged over the years.
The Leaning Tower
Route 3A, Quincy, Mass. photo circa 1980′s (since demolished)
This was also part of the Prince Spaghetti House chain.
Notice the small section of building to the left, this is the first
Dunkin’ Donuts store.