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SHADY DEL KNIGHT, ADMINISTRATOR

SHADY DEL KNIGHT, ADMINISTRATOR
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"More than a place, the Shady Dell was and will forever remain a state of mind." - Shady Del Knight

"More than a place, the Shady Dell was and will forever remain a state of mind." - Shady Del Knight
HELLO STRANGER ... IT SEEMS LIKE A MIGHTY LONG TIME!

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Signs of the Times (Part 1)

* Calves Liver & Bacon: $1.50.

* Shrimp in a Basket: 90 cents.

* Memories.....Priceless.


Those were some of the actual menu items that hungry patrons could order at the Shady Dell, circa late 1950s to early 60s.

To satisfy your sweet tooth, Helen Ettline could whip up one of the following.

* Waffles with 3 Flavors of Ice Cream: 50 cents

* Dell Banana Split: 40 cents

* Special Dell Shake: 35 cents.

In today's post and the next, we're gonna take a sentimental journey home; home to the Dell; home to the America of our youth. We'll take a look at some of the Dell’s rare old signs and advertisements.

For an added touch of nostalgia...

I tacked up some vintage soda pop print advertisements from the period.

Ads like these, produced from the mid 1940s through the early 60s, offer clues about the prevailing attitudes of their day.

They tell us what we, as a society, thought we were...

...and what we aspired to be.

Just below is a very rare find, and we have Tom & Toni Deroche, the current owners of the Dell, to thank for it!

You first saw it on the pilot episode of The D-Team. Presenting for the first time, exclusive front and back images...

...of an official Shady Dell membership card signed by Helen and John Ettline!

The card was discovered tucked away behind one of the Dell’s food advertisement signs.

The ad boards were sold in the 1993 auction along with menus and other Dell signage.

A few years ago, the Deroche family acquired the attractively framed Shady Dell artifacts from a Central PA antiques and collectibles dealer.

More revealing signs of the times are coming up in my next post!

Have a Shady day!

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