Worcester Lunch Car Company

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Casey's Diner, ca. 1922 diner produced by WLCC

Worcester Lunch Car Company was a manufacturer of diners based in Worcester, Massachusetts from 1906 to 1957.

History[edit]

The building formerly housing the WLC Company manufacturing headquarters with the name still faintly evident in the black area at near the top of the wall
The Miss Worcester Diner (1948) remains across from the former factory headquarters

Philip H. Duprey founded the company in 1906 as the Worcester Lunch Car and Carriage Manufacturing Company. It was named for Worcester, Massachusetts, where the company was based. The company produced over 600 diners between 1906 and 1957, when manufacturing ceased. All of Worcester Lunch Car's assets were auctioned in 1961.

Examples[edit]

Day and Night Diner (1944)
Rosebud Diner (1948)

While most of their diners were located in New England some were purchased as far away as Florida. The Miss Worcester Diner (1948) still exists in its original location across the street from the former factory. The Rosebud (1941) is an example at 381 Summer Street in Somerville, Massachusetts near Davis Square.[1] The Liberty Elm Diner (originally known as Central Diner) is Worcester Lunch Car Company #806 built in 1947 and moved to its current location in 1953 where is still operates in the Elmwood section of Providence RI. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2010 [2]

The Henry Ford Museum in Michigan contains a notable example of a Worcester Lunch Car diner called Lamy's, built in 1946. In January 2012, Lamy's once again began serving food. Many surviving Worcester Lunch Car diners are currently listed on the National Register of Historic Places. [3]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Diners of New England" By Randy Garbin, Edition: illustrated, (Published by Stackpole Books, 2005) ISBN 0-8117-3141-3, ISBN 978-0-8117-3141-6 [1]
  2. ^ http://www.nps.gov/nr/feature/weekly_features/CentralDiner.pdf
  3. ^ Richard J. S. Gutman, The Worcester Lunch Car Company: Images of America (Arcadia Publishing, 2004) [2]

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