[Delano, Jack, 1914-, photographer. Sylvia Sweets Tea Room, corner of School and Main streets, Brockton, Mass. 1940 Dec. [or] 1941 Jan. ]
I absolutely love looking at old photos of main streets from all across America. Shots like this one offer a very detailed peak at the past.
For instance, if you look closely you will see signs in the windows advertising some of the specials as well as a movie poster. The local movie theater and the eatery had a symbiotic relationship. Sylvia Sweets Tea Room advertised the current movie and stayed open late to cater to the movie crowd after the nightly film.
I can make out a few of the specials – Scallops 60¢, Fried Clams 40¢, and some kind of Fresh [not sure] Dinner for 30¢. You can read some great stories from the son of the lawyer who had the law office above Sylvia’s and from the daughter of the owner of Sylvia’s over at the photo’s flickr page. This is just some great local history.
Sadly, the original building no longer stands at the corner of School and Main Street. It’s just another piece of Vanished Americana which is why I run this blog – to show people the rich beauty of America’s past. Today, there is just another nondescript building housing a travel agency where Sylvia Sweets Tea Room once provided delicious meals, chocolates, and ice cream for a fair price.
Photo via Google Street View.