Vintage photos of 1950s diners show the quintessentially American restaurants in their heyday

Teenagers sitting at a diner counter circa 1950.
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Once the go-to hangout spot for American teens and a symbol of opportunity for small business owners, diners are one of the most beloved remnants of mid-century America.

Scattered across the country, diners come in many shapes and forms, from roadside railcar-style establishments to tiny hole-in-the-wall restaurants in the country’s biggest cities.

Here’s what diners looked like during their heyday, and why they are still such a strong symbol of American life. View pictures from article in link…