Brownies Hamburgs

Another Valentine Diners shot from my collection. This photo was originally in the sales portfolio of Valentine salesman O. Glenn Griffin. (1899-1993)

The back of this one is stamped with the name Marquart Photos, 1507 Spy Run Ave., Fort Wayne, Indiana, which leads me to believe this was probably somewhere in the Fort Wayne area.  I can’t find a “Brownie’s” in the Fort Wayne city directory, but there was a restaurant owned by an Alfred H. Brown at 1427 Broadway (later 1510 Wabash) and a restaurant owned by Frank W. Brown at 216 W. Wayne, so these are at least possibilities. It looks like industrial buildings in the window reflections, and two Mobil signs.

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Chicken In The Rough – Valentine Diner

Another Valentine Diners shot from my collection. This photo was originally in the sales portfolio of Valentine salesman O. Glenn Griffin. (1899-1993)

Chicken In The Rough began as a fried chicken chain in Oklahoma City, OK, eventually franchising and expanding to over 300 locations, with branches not just through the continental US, but throughout the globe. Even Silver Spring MD’s Tastee Diner was once a franchisee with one of their neon signs on its roof. While Chicken In The Rough had their own branded china and postcards and signage, they did not have a distinctive franchise architecture, and many of their franchisees were independent restaurants which featured the Chicken In The Rough half fried chicken meal on the menu, but in addition to their own. So, to see a specific Chicken In The Rough location like this is somewhat unusual, and it’s a Valentine no less!

This shot looks like it was taken on a Valentine back lot, with the diner appearing to rest on steel pipes awaiting transport. This unusual downward view really shows how the sign is constructed, as well as what the roof on one of these would have appeared like when brand new.  This model has an outwardly canted pylon and keystone window in the front door.

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Interior View, Diner by Valentine Industries Inc.

Another Valentine Diners shot from my collection. This photo was originally in the sales portfolio of Valentine salesman O. Glenn Griffin. (1899-1993)

This diner was built by the shortest lived incarnation of Valentine Diners, Valentine Industries, Inc., (1945-1947), fitting between Hayes and Valenting Mfg. Inc.. They were located at 800 North Main Street, Wichita, Kansas. This shot was probably taken at the plant, note that the diner has not yet been set up. Check out the Valentine wall safe, large manufacturer tag and wood grain counter base.

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Abandoned Valentine Diner, Victor, Montana

While I’m on this Valentine Diner kick, let me share with you this diner, which I stumbled across while driving from Missoula, MT to Hamilton, MT.  It’s located on the west side of Rt. 93 at roughly 1199 US-93, Victor, Montana. It appears to have arrived at this site sometime around 2009-2011. So far I haven’t been able to find any information on where it was originally.

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Valentine Diner kitchen

Another Valentine Diners shot from my collection. This photo was originally in the sales portfolio of Valentine salesman O. Glenn Griffin. (1899-1993)

It looks like this kitchen pictured here may be in the basement. It doesn’t look like they did a whole lot to clean up before the photographer came, does it?

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Valentine The Navajo

Another Valentine Diners shot from my collection. This photo was originally in the sales portfolio of Valentine salesman O. Glenn Griffin. (1899-1993)

The Navajo, with a wrap around sign pediment and carryout window built by Valentine Mfg. Inc. of Wichita Kansas.  Design by Gilbert.

Could this model have been named after the Navajo Grill, 3212 E Kellogg Dr., Wichita, Kansas?

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