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The Keg Diner, North Hollywood, 1940s
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The Keg Diner, North Hollywood, 1940s The Keg Diner, North Hollywood, 1940s

The Keg Diner, North Hollywood, 1940s


This is a wonderful example of American folk art – a menu designed with humor and flair. The owners Mary and Bill – we are assuming they were a married couple – obviously put a lot of love into their humble diner in North Hollywood where the priciest dishes cost $1.35. There is a lot to see on this two-dimensional 1940s menu – the intimidated diner holding a forkful of spaghetti, two potatoes shaking hands with each other and the barbecue that is described as a “knockout.” Both Bing Crosby and Bob Hope lived nearby and we like to think at least one of them and other movie stars dropped in. The Keg is no more, of course, and we’ve been unable to find out much about it. If anyone knows more, we’d love to hear from you.

Courtesy Private Collection.

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