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Fuel for the Road

More selections from the fun postcard books at the place I’m house-sitting. Sorry the photographs are poor–it’s really hard to shoot postcard book pages since the bindings are so deep, and without accidentally tearing the postcards out. Hopefully you’ll leave satisfied for the miles ahead anyway!

Hart’s Diner in Ronks, Pennsylvania
While there are a number of postcards floating around the Internet of Hart’s Diner, I haven’t found any other mention of it, so I suspect it may be closed now. (The postcard book was published in 1996.)IMG_6390Ingleside Diner in Thorndale, Pennsylvania
Sadly, this neighbor of the previous Hart’s Diner has closed as well, in 2001. I’m so glad these postcards remain.

Through a nifty roadside architecture database, I learned that the Ingleside Diner, a 1956 Fodero dining car, was opened about that time by a local restauranteur named Christian Zinn. Originally called Zinn’s Diner, it became the Ingleside Diner when Zinn sold it in 1966. The Ingleside had a downstairs banquet room that retained the title of “the Zinn Room,” which could accommodate 99 customers!  IMG_6391Bordentown Grill and Bar in Bordentown, New Jersey
No information found. If you know of this meatloaf haven, please comment!IMG_6389Halfway Diner in Red Hook, New York

Hurrah! The Halfway Diner, est. 1925, is still serving it up. Original owner Lou Dubois first wheeled the Silk City dining car to a spot along Route 9, estimating that it was about halfway between Albany and New York City. And so he named it Halfway Diner. Dubois died just three years later, and his family sold it to one Bert Coons. Coons moved the dining car to its current location in Red Hook. He moved it again after World War II because of a new freeway, but returned Halfway to Red Hook in 1957. When Coons sold it in the 1960s, the new owners renamed it the Village Restaurant, but they kept “Halfway Diner” painted along the dining car’s side. It’s most commonly called the Village Diner now, and was among the first diners to be added to the National Register of Historic Places. No breakfast after noon, but eight kinds of fruit pie.image1(image from

And now for…

IMG_6377IMG_6378Big Fish Supper Club in Bena, Minnesota
I love the perspective here, where the fish looks like it’s eating the shack.

Founded as a hamburger stand in 1958, it was originally called the Big Muskie Drive-In. The fish is 14 feet tall and 65 feet long. The owner built a conventional building for the restaurant in ’63, and the fish became a gift shop. Ol’ Muskie (as I’ve decided to call him) fell into disrepair in the new millennium, what with jerks stealing his teeth. But in 2009, a passionate local undertook Ol’ Muskie’s makeover:
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Big Fish Supper Club has been back in business since 2010. The new owners even added five cabins to rent for fishing vacationers. IMG_6379

The Donut Hole in La Puente, California
This drive-through donut shop opened in 1968. It’s a local tradition for newly-weds to pass through. 2769307890_e4d6f0fd4d(image from

Funnily enough, I passed by a similar classic today, Randy’s Donuts in Inglewood, CA…images(image from’s_

At 22 or 23 feet in diameter (sources differ), the L.A. landmark has been a big hit with film crews, most recently appearing in Iron Man 2.  The shop was built in 1953 as Big Donut Drive-In, a former small LA area chain as the Donut Hole was. Big Donut closed in the ’70s, when a new donut guy bought the Inglewood location, naming it after his son, Randy. It’s now owned by his cousins.IMG_6380Longhorn Bar & Grill in Amado, Arizona

Built in the early ’70s, the horns reach 30 feet high. The Longhorn closed last July. I guess I’ll never know why the sign on the fence says “fax.”IMG_6381Kelbee’s Ice Cream Stand in East Winthrop, Maine
Can’t find anything about this bizarre specimen. If you know of Kelbee’s, please comment!IMG_6382Christie’s Restaurant in Houston, Texas

Houston’s oldest restaurant to be run by one family. Known for its whole flounder and fried butterfly shrimp, Christie’s started out in Texas’ port of Galveston in 1917. IMG_6383Flight 97 Restaurant in McMinnville, Oregon
Only found one brief mention online because it’s now closed. Apparently customers entered the restaurant on the plane via the traffic control tower which you can see here behind the plane.IMG_6384

Fred’s Tavern in Dodge City, Kansas
Once again, couldn’t find any specific info, only that the barkeep operator of Fred’s Tavern passed away in 2010. So perhaps the bar got out of Dodge too. IMG_6387Salvador’s Ice Cream in South Dartmouth, Massachusetts 

According to the website, the Salvador family began a dairy farm in 1890. One of the Salvador sons started his own dairy in the 1930s, commissioning a giant “milk can” landmark for it in 1935. With their dairy farm, his wife and her sister learned to make ice cream, and in 1936, the family opened Salvador’s Ice Cream. The business remained in the family until 2005, when a new family purchased it, restoring it to its original style:tumblr_l5bohneSoP1qb5oqdo1_500(image from

Speaking of cows, I saved  perhaps the most absurd postcard for last:IMG_6385Valley View Lodge in Chittenango, New York 

I’ve gotten hits for a Valley View Restaurant in Chittenango, but no info other than an address. As always, comment if you’ve got the scoop!

Check back tomorrow for more postcard book discoveries.

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3 thoughts on “Fuel for the Road

  1. Pingback: Get Your Kicks | Snail's Postcard Post

  2. Received a message about this post, “Fred’s Tavern Dodge City Kansas Coors beer can bar painted by Stan Herd in early 70’s. Herd is now a world renowned artist.” Turns out, inspired by his Kansas roots, Herd has made a name for himself creating aerial-view artwork from agricultural crops! Thanks for the tip, Tabasco.

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