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The classic '60s lunch counter
The classic '60s lunch counter

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Posted by Chuck Kopsho at 5:05 pm (PDT) on Sat August 19, 2017   
I remember here in SoCal seeing many lunch counters. Too bad they don't have them anymore.
Posted by GlenEllyn at 10:55 am (PDT) on Sat August 19, 2017   
My older sister's first job was at the lunch counter at Woolworths.  This was back in the mid-1960s.  That particular Woolworth's was located in the local suburban shopping mall (which no longer exists - it was torn down several years ago and is now a Walmart).  

My first job was in the same mall at a department store.  I worked in what we called the restaurant department, which included a full sit-down restaurant, an employee cafeteria, a sit-down snack/sandwich bar (all within the department store itself and served by the same kitchen) as well as another snack bar located out in the common area of the mall.  I worked there all through high school.  By the end I could do any job in the department, from hostess to waitress to cook to snack bar and even dishwasher.  I enjoyed the variety, which is why I stayed for four years - back then it was kind of unusual to stay at a first job for that long.
Posted by Chuck Kopsho at 1:41 am (PDT) on Sun July 24, 2016   
IIRC, they have the original lunch counter displayed at the Smithsonian in tribute to blacks getting equal access to those lunch counters.
Posted by freddo30 at 6:45 pm (PDT) on Tue April 5, 2016   
Good ol' F.W. Woolworth
Posted by Bob Matthews at 8:47 pm (PDT) on Sun March 13, 2016   
Oh, to have one of those 15 cent double rich vanilla malted milks again! They were to die for. Counter guy would ask if I wanted one scoop of vanilla ice cream in it or two? There was never an extra charge for two Tongue Out
Posted by MsKat at 9:13 pm (PST) on Wed March 9, 2016   
@dhultmanjr: So very true. I have seen programs on TV where couples & some singles actually Dress/wear makeup & hair from that era/classic cars/household furnishings ALL from the 50's/60's...Kinda kewl to watch...Wish I could find it on TV again..
Posted by dhultmanjr at 5:15 am (PST) on Wed March 9, 2016   
I agree . . .Those days of a simpler time were soooooooo much more fun . . .
Posted by MsKat at 11:28 pm (PST) on Thu February 18, 2016   
KEWL! My little hometown had a smaller version at the back of our local Rexall Drugstore...Shake machine, grill & all. Those were the days my friends. We thought they'd never end.....Bring them backkkk PLZZZZZZZZZZZZ..

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