Date: Thu, 23 Nov 1995 09:14:48 -0500
From: "Allan M. Siegal" siegal[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]NYTIMES.COM
Subject: Re: The Automat
On Nov 23, 1995 07:11:09, 'SETH SKLAREY crissiet[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]IPOF.FLA.NET ' wrote:
I believe the places were
called Horn & Hardardt's Automat, but it was a long time ago. Can anybody
add some info?
The last working Automat, at Lexington Avenue and 42d Street, closed 10 or
15 years ago. It became a Horn & Hardart (sic) restaurant with table
service. The greatest loss was the nickel ladies -- those wonders who could
dip a hand into a bucket of nickels and weigh out a precise dollar's worth
without looking, for customers needing change for the slots.
An Automat -- nonworking, too bad -- is preserved on the ground floor of
the Museum of History and Technology at the Smithsonian.
But we digress.
Allan M. Siegal........................siegal[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]nytimes.com
Assistant Managing Editor
The New York Times