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Monday, February 8, 2010

Today In Diner History. . .

On this date in 1938, Allendale, New Jersey resident, Irving B. Cooper received patent number 2107854 entitled "Vehicle Body Construction." Though he filed on April 21, 1937 it wasn't until the following February when the patent was issued. This patent specifies an arched floor, preventing the floor from sagging once everything is installed. It also mentions the numerous other structural improvements. The entire patent and accompanying drawings may be viewed on the Google Patent website.

According to page 239 of "American Diner Then & Now" by Richard J. S. Gutman, Mr. Cooper, "...was vice president in charge of design and production for the diner division" of Paterson Vehicle Company. This is the company that built diners under the name Silk City Diner.

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Friday, February 5, 2010

In the News - Harley's Diner

Harley's Diner
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update: 2/5/2010 This article was originally posted back on December 20, 2008.

The Diner is expected to reopen as Little Richards Diner on March 1st, under the ownership of Ed and Ann Richards. Read the entire Fairbanks Daily News Miner article. See additional flickr pictures here.

Harley's Diner MC was designed for the extremes of North Pole, Alaska. It's comprised of three modules built in 2007 by Frey-Moss Structures of Atlanta, Georgia. Jan Thacker, writing for the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports current economic conditions, not the weather has closed it for the winter. It's expected to reopen spring 2009.

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Harley's Diner MC
2698 Hurst Rd.
North Pole, AK
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