Cartoons: The Diner Things in Life

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Customer in a diner starts in disbelief at the cook

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Butler leads customers to the bar chairs in a diner
“You must admit he gives the joint class!”
Lundberg
May 26, 1951

 

Diner patron struggles to make a decision
“Anything catch your fancy?”
Irwin Caplan
May 10, 1952

 

Diner patron struggles to make a decision
“While you’ve been sitting here trying to decide, broiled mackerel has gone up a dime and pot roast has gone up fifteen cents.”
Robert Day
April 14, 1951

 

Diner chef yells out to a customer while he holds a plunger
“Want them potatoes mashed?”
Jerry Marcus
October 9, 1954

 

Man demands service in a 24-hour diner, but the chef is asleep under the counter
“Hey! How about some service here!”
Tom Henderson
March 13, 1954

 

Man giving a overly complicated order to a diner chef
“…toast…not too light…not too dark…coffee…not too strong…nor too weak…bacon…”
Martin Giuffre
February 14, 1953

 

Two diner servers talk
“So he says, ‘Marry me and you’ll be in gravy.’ How was I to know he owned this dump?”
Jerry Marcus
November 8, 1952

 

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Comments

  1. It’s hard to choose favorites today because they’re ALL great, right? #2 with the eyes and body language, #4 with the plunger (!), #5 with Joe sleeping under the counter, #6 the neurotic “Starbucks” customer, and finally #7. The piece de resistance of degradation. The waitress/wife saying this to the customer with her husband mere feet to her right, and a sink full of dirty dishes behind her. Can you get any more American than that?

    I like the variations of simplicity-complexity of the cartoon artwork. A lot (minus the prices) hasn’t changed that much, including the tempting cake/pie displays with the clear lids.

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