by G. Jack Urso
Fading Memories: Happy days at the Metro Diner, circa 1959.
Left to right: Joe (Pop) Sr., Maria, Fran, Joe Jr.
"Metro Diners" were ubiquitous throughout mid-century, post-war America.
This image resembles the original look of the Metro Diner in Albany, NY
(Louis K. Meisel Gallery, New York).
On more than one occasion, the old man paid for the funeral of one of the cooks or dishwashers — jobs often occupied by a string of nameless men with various levels of substance abuse or mental problems and whose presence or absence on this planet was rarely enjoyed or missed.
and Joe (Pop) Sr. with two unidentified patrons, circa 1959. |
Note the juke box and black marble countertop.
Metro Diner, circa 1985. The aluminum sliding long gone.|
A shadow of its former chrome-plated self.
|Joe "Pop" Urso, at his favorite booth in the Metro Diner, circa 1964.|