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Another ‘history mystery’ photo

September 14, 2011
By Marybelle Beigh, Current Westfield Historian
As explained in last week’s Buzzings from BeeLines, a Great Things About Westfield, or GTAW, member recently submitted several photos from the 1930s and 1940s, some of which were not labeled, nor were the locations, dates, or persons recognized.

This week’s History Mystery photo shows a portion of a “lunch trailer” or concession stand that appears to be set up in a park-like location next to a hexagonal-roofed building such as might be found in one of the parks along Lake Erie. The person who submitted the photo guessed that the sandwich trailer might have been located in Forest Park.

As of the writing of this story, despite being posted on the GTAW Facebook website for several weeks, there have been no other suggestions regarding the location or proprietor of this former small business enterprise.

Examining the signs on and around the concession stand, it is especially interesting to notice the prices that are visible. Candy bars are five cents; cigarettes are 17 cents; hot dogs are ten cents.

Notice that the Coca Cola sign shows the glass bottle. On the back or end of the trailer, to the upper right of the open door, it is hard to read some of the words, but the top of that sign reads “Cold Sandwiches” and underneath the line, the second one listed is “CHEESE.”

Perhaps some readers can decipher the other two sandwich item names?

Readers’ input is requested to identify the location, the proprietor, the approximate date, and anything else that will assist in identifying this week’s mystery photo. Please contact Westfield Historian, Marybelle Beigh in any of the ways listed at the end of this story. Thanks.

Marybelle Beigh is the current Public Historian for the Town and Village of Westfield. Her office is located at 3 East Main Street in Westfield, N.Y, 14787 — inside Parkview Ice Cream Parlor. Her scheduled office hours are Monday through Friday 9 to 11 a.m.; other hours by appointment.

Beigh can be reached at or by calling 326-2457 (office), 326-6171 (home) or 397-9254 (cell).

Article Photos

Submitted photo
A food concession trailer, assumed to be from the 1940s, has quite a few clues to aid with its as of yet unknown identification.



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