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Melrose Diner Collection, 1938-1988

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Interviewees:
Melrose Diner owners and employees
Author:
Ellsworth, Scott Dr
Interviewee:
Kubach, Richard
Collector:
Community Life, Div. of, NMAH, SI
Subject:
Jerry O'Mahony Company
Physical description:
1.5 cu. ft.: 5 document boxes
Type:
Interviews
Collection descriptions
Audiotapes
Oral history
Place:
Philadelphia (Pa.)
Pennsylvania
Philadelphia
New Jersey
Date:
1938
1938-1988
1940-1979
1940-1980
Notes:
Built by the Jerry O'Mahony Company of Bayonne, N.J., to specifications of Richard Kubach, opened March 18, 1940, in south Philadelphia, Pa. In 1956 Kubach moved his business to a new location. Jim D'Andrea bought the vacant diner in 1959 and moved it to a site on Rt. 130 in Washington Township, Mercer County, N.J., where it operated under a series of managers who leased it from D'Andrea. In this location, the diner was popular with truckers. The restaurant remained in business until 1979, when it was extensively damaged by fire.
This project originally was undertaken by the Museum in connection with the "Material World" exhibition.
Summary:
Correspondence, advertisements, accounting records, and 19 audio tape interviews documenting the history and operation of Melrose Diner in Philadelphia, Pa.; interviews conducted by oral historian Scott Ellsworth, 1987; and notes written by him.
Cite as:
Melrose Diner Collection, 1938-1988, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
Topic:
Diners
Restaurants
Truck stops
Truck drivers
Restaurateurs
Data Source:
Archives Center - NMAH

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