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Bienvenue! Welcome! Seat yourself at any diner in Montreal, and chances are this is what the placemat in front of you will read—a cheery invitation to the world of poutine and steamés. This chorus of greeting is also emblematic of the dynamic that makes this city so interesting. Montreal’s historic “two solitudes” are just two parts of the city’s ever expanding spectrum of city-dwellers. Diners, known in Quebec as casse-croûtes, are a quintessentially North-American institution. However, their informality, low prices and long business hours invite hungry people from all walks of life, making them a site of cultural exchange. Bienvenue / Welcome wants to explore the individuals, objects and places that make up Montreal and invites all those who encounter it to explore it as well.

Issue 2 was launched at Nouveau Palais on April 5th to the beats of DJ Cadence Weapon and is now available at Patati Patata, The Main , Casse-Croute du Coin, Green Spot and Mademoiselle Jean Talon . Stop by these fine institutions for a good meal and brief exploration of how food defines culture in Quebec.

MONTREAL, QC


madelinecoleman:

Vancouver, as seen on a White Spot diner placemat circa 1947. I always hated White Spot, but I will make an exception for this.
(Via Vancouver is Awesome.)

madelinecoleman:

Vancouver, as seen on a White Spot diner placemat circa 1947. I always hated White Spot, but I will make an exception for this.

(Via Vancouver is Awesome.)

— 2 years ago with 9 notes
#diner  #placemat  #vancouver  #white spot  #archives  #1940s  #canada 
Over easy: a soda jerk tosses ice cream into a malted milkshake. Corpus Christi, TX, 1939.
(Via the US Library of Congress.)

Over easy: a soda jerk tosses ice cream into a malted milkshake. Corpus Christi, TX, 1939.

(Via the US Library of Congress.)

— 2 years ago with 9 notes
#photography  #archives  #milkshake  #ice cream  #texas  #united states  #soda jerk 
Knishes and sweet corn! Coney Island, NYC, 1966.
(Photo by James Jowers.)

Knishes and sweet corn! Coney Island, NYC, 1966.

(Photo by James Jowers.)

— 2 years ago with 6 notes
#new york city  #archives  #photography  #knish  #corn  #coney island 
"This is one place in the city where woman in her hours of shopping dallies with her hygienic conscience. Pastry is the chief attraction here, and it is to be found in many forms. Here may be seen the stout woman whose plump double chin is broader than the rest of her face, promising it increasing dimensions as she disposes of a rich chicken patty in generous mouthfuls. There is the young school girl with a pebbly complexion which bespeaks the pastry habit hurrying through a ham sandwich and a cup of chocolate with ‘plenty of cream in it,’ and there is the woman with the strong-minded face who gives her earnest attention to a very big and very yellow bun."
A description of a lunch counter from "The Maid and the Menu: Can a Woman Order a Dinner?" from the New York Times, 1904. (Via Michele Humes.)
— 2 years ago with 4 notes
#archives  #new york times  #lunch counter  #new york  #United States 
A drive-in restaurant in Brantford, Ontario, in 1959—complete with carhops! In fact, this photo looks like it might have been taken through a car window.
(Photo courtesy of the Archives of Ontario.)

A drive-in restaurant in Brantford, Ontario, in 1959—complete with carhops! In fact, this photo looks like it might have been taken through a car window.

(Photo courtesy of the Archives of Ontario.)

— 2 years ago with 7 notes
#ontario  #canada  #archives  #drive-in  #1950s  #photography 

A streetcar converted into a diner. Langford, BC, 1951.

(Photos courtesy of the British Columbia Archives.)

— 2 years ago with 21 notes
#archives  #british columbia  #canada  #photography  #streetcar  #1950s 
Thanks, Debbie So! I also want to see a photo of the in-house restaurant advertised on the sign.

Early depanneur in Montreal from 1942.
This goes out to you, Bienvenue/Welcome.

Thanks, Debbie So! I also want to see a photo of the in-house restaurant advertised on the sign.

Early depanneur in Montreal from 1942.

This goes out to you, Bienvenue/Welcome.

— 2 years ago with 21 notes
#montreal  #depanneurs  #archives 

The proprietor, dining room and kitchen of the Peking Café, Calgary, in 1975.

(Photo courtesy of Library and Archives Canada’s Chinese Canadian photo gallery.)

— 2 years ago with 5 notes
#calgary  #canada  #archives  #chinese 
The diner as crossroads →

Via ofanotherfashion:

The lunch counter is a vexed symbol in U.S. cultural history. It is at once a key site of struggle against everyday and institutional racial segregation and a romanticized site of many hopes where young lovers share milkshakes and budding ingenues are “discovered” (e.g., the myth of Lana Turner).

Because there’s no identifying information that I could find for the photo above, it draws, in some way, on both histories for me. But for the flower in her hair, the woman in the foreground of the photo in the skirt suit might be a career woman having a quick read during her lunch break. The hair accessory, though, suggests something more glamorous. I’m going to guess that the photo was taken somewhere in the northern part of the country in an already integrated lunch counter since from their clothes, it doesn’t appear that this photo was taken in the post-Civil Rights era.

— 2 years ago with 77 notes
#of another fashion  #photography  #archives  #united states