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11. Department stores had actual dining rooms

There are stores like Nordstrom that have their own full-service restaurant, but back then they had actual, full dining rooms in department stores. Bloomingdale’s and Macy’s were among the many that sold sandwiches, salads, and desserts onsite for their shoppers.

12. Literally everyone had a Diner’s Club card

Travel and entertainment charge cards were the next best thing and everyone had them unless you were paying with cash (which everyone carried on their person).

13. Restaurants with air conditioning were not common and a big deal

Being able to come by a restaurant with air conditioning was very few and far between, so it was a very large selling point to have air conditioning in your restaurant, especially in the summertime!

14. Customers controlled the music

Those jukeboxes you see in the movies are all very much real! Customers controlled what music the restaurant played via jukeboxes.

15. 24-hour restaurants were very few and far between

Today, we see 24-hour McDonald’s and Dunkin’ Donuts locations. Back then, they were extremely scarce. You could certainly find a 24-hour diner, but your traditional restaurants would be closed.

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