Day one of the month-long A to Z blogging challenge! I’m so excited for this year’s challenge. Last year I found out about this blogging bonanza a few days before it began so I blogged random bits as the month went on. This year I’ve decided to blog about the 1940’s. And in the spirit of the 1940’s, at the end of the month, I’ll be giving away an ebook copy of one of my favorite books, Summer at Tiffany, to one of my newsletter subscribers (sign-up on the sidebar if you are so inclined.) It’s a light-hearted memoir of two college girls let loose in New York for a summer. What a hoot.

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The Horn and Hardart Automat was a chain of cafeteria-style self-serve restaurants popular with all classes of people in Philadelphia and New York. From kids to celebrities, everyone loved all the choices and the cheap, fast food. You could get nickel change for your dollar bills from the cashiers who exchanged the money so quickly they were called nickel throwers. The food was stored behind a bank of vending-machine-like windows. You served yourself by plunking in your nickels and opening the little door. Food included items such as: mashed potatoes, creamed spinach, beans, and huckleberry pie. People have fond memories of the Automat, and you can get some of the recipes in the book: The Automat: The History, Recipes, and Allure of Horn & Hardart’s Masterpiece

Trailer for the upcoming documentary:

The Automat was also popular in a lot of old movies such as: EASY LIVING (1937),

 

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