Another Mystery Boston Diner! Was it Real?

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
    December 10, 2010 at 10:44 am

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

  • Larry Cultrera
    December 10, 2010 at 12:00 pm

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

  • Gary MacDougall
    December 10, 2010 at 12:51 pm

    Looks to be South Street Diner on South Street Boston.

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

  • George
    December 11, 2010 at 3:09 pm

    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?

  • Nona Mills
    December 22, 2010 at 2:06 pm

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

  • Juli
    March 22, 2011 at 3:25 pm

    It looks strangly like the A1 Diner in Gardiner, Maine


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  • Roger P.
    June 18, 2011 at 9:47 pm

    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.

    • Mod Betty /
      June 18, 2011 at 11:53 pm

      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 🙂

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