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Another Mystery Boston Diner! Was it Real?

Posted on: December 10, 2010

Mod Betty will be busy being the Hostess with The Mostess this weekend, but here’s something for the diner sleuths in the audience to chew on while I am unable to post.

Is this diner real, or just a figment of the artist’s imagination?


All I can tell you is that this was painted in the 1930’s – 1940’s and the artist was from the Boston area. What details can you folks fill in? Put on your Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew/Sherlock Holmes hats, it sure would be cool to know if this was a real diner!

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  • Lori

    Are you positive it is a BOSTON diner? Or is the artist just FROM Boston?

  • Does not look real. Could be anywhere. Not a factory-built diner, possibly an artist’s conception.

  • Gary MacDougall

    Looks to be South Street Diner on South Street Boston.

    As soon as I saw the painting, thats what I thought.

  • George

    Real or not, this is a great painting! Lots of action- people coming and going, sitting in the diner. Who wouldn’t want to visit this diner on a cold rainy night?

  • I agree George, it definitely looks like a good diner to be in on a night like that!

  • It looks strangly like the A1 Diner in Gardiner, Maine


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    • Interesting! I know the painter was from New England so maybe he was inspired by the A1. Thanks for the suggestion!

  • Roger P.

    No question,it’s the South Street Diner, Boston, formerly the Blue Diner. The Blue diner sold was sold to Sol Sidel on the condition he change the name It’s at the corner of Kneeland and South St.

    • Roger – I’d be interested in your thinking behind why this would be the Blue Diner? I remember that diner (and it’s most recent incarnation) – isn’t the entrance on the corner vs the side? Inquiring minds want to know 🙂