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Brochure circa 1960s: Kummerlowe

Lamplighter Rooms were often used as meeting space for civic groups such as Rotary and Kiwanis Clubs. Often Lamplighter Rooms served as overflow dining areas and were sometimes a touch fancier!


Screen capture from "2001: A Space Odyssey" © Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM), Stanley Kubrick Productions, et al.

Above: A Howard Johnson's Restaurant with its "Earthlight Room" was on the space station in 2001: A Space Odyssey!

Brochure circa 1960s: Larry Passaro
Photograph October 2003: Phil Edwards
Photographs 2000: Kummerlowe
ABOVE: Note the circa 1970s Taco Bell recycled as a Budget rental location to the left of the Restaurant.
Photograph April 2003: Kummerlowe
Photograph October 2003: Phil Edwards
Photographs April 2003: Kummerlowe
Above: Circa 1980s "Rounded Edge no apostrophe s"street sign twice recycled.
Photographs 2000, 2003 & 2008: Kummerlowe
Photograph January 2005: Bob Venditti

Future Past
The bright future predicted by the vibrant roadside architecture of the middle 20th century nearly arrived. For a short time we believed that it had, for every time we patronized a Howard Johnson's it felt as if we had entered that future--Under the Orange Roof!

Right: Recycled as the Crab Shuttle, the former Howard Johnson's still played to a place in space! But by the 2010s was La Bamba featuring authentic food. More recently it became Quam's Schoolhouse Burgers and Grinders.

Take out menu 2005: Kummerlowe
Photographs April 2005: Kummerlowe
Photograph April 16, 2008: Kummerlowe
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