WEBR’s “Amanda” interviews an AM&A’s buyer on her midday shopping and fashion tips show at the WEBR-970 studios, 23 North Street, in 1951.
“Amanda” was actually Dorothy Shank, president of the local chapter of American Women in Radio & Television. She later worked in marketing for AM&A’s, had a show on Channel 4, and was a host on WJJL in Niagara Falls through the 1980s. She was 81 when she died in 1989.
But my favorite part of this photo: in the middle, just to the left of the phone, Buffalo’s 1950’s equivalent of a Tim Horton’s cup– a glass “to go” coffee cup/milk bottle from Buffalo’s ubiquitous Deco Restaurants (there were more than 50 Deco locations around WNY when they were most popular.)
With the last of the Deco restaurants set to close, News Reporter Robert J. Summers took a look back at the lunch counters that served up millions of hamburgers and cups of coffee to Buffalonians from 1918 to 1979.
At the high point, there were 50 Decos. By 1976, there were only nine. The Deck family sold the chain to Sportservice in 1961. By the end of the 1970s, the chain was a greasy memory for hundreds of thousands of Western New Yorkers.
July 29, 1979: “Hard times ate into Deco chain’s fortunes”
“Deco was the original fast food place. Back in the days before anyone heard of McDonalds or Burger King, before anyone dared make a ‘shake’ without milk or package hot cherry pie in a rectangle of cardboard, Buffalonians were getting their quick meals at some 50 Deco restaurants.”