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Monday, June 16, 2008

Day and Night Diner - Palmer, MA

From time to time, we see inquiries about diners being used in movies. Perhaps that's because an authentic vintage diner provides an ambiance that's not easily replicated on a sound stage. In last Friday's post we mentioned U.S. 40's cameo. Not to be out done, the Day and Night will appear in the independent film, "Cruelty" according to Marci Izard's article. Scenes are expected to be shot later this year. Not too long ago Collin's diner made its own appearance in a film.

Karl Williams the owner, is pictured here leaning on the counter. During our visit we noticed the diner retains many of its original features. The counter is an important part of the diner experience. You can see the front wall of the counter is porcelain enamel, rather than tile. Notice the wear on the stool posts--a sign that many customers have eaten there over the years. Though not in Charles Gemme's drawing of the diner, next to Karl on the counter is an Amesbury display case. In the floor tile, the darker squares are actually four individual tiles; two black and two brown positioned diagonally from each other checkerboard style. Above the windows is the commonly seen stained glass feature. Much of the craftsmanship that went into producing these diners just isn't replicated in today's structures.

The Day and Night was manufactured by the Worcester Lunch Car Company and delivered in May 1944.

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