October 9, 2009
Automat, New York City
Photograph by J. Baylor Roberts
This Month in Photo of the Day: Images from the National Geographic Archive
Patrons line up "like payday depositors" in a bank, waiting to drop a few nickels in a slot for favorites like baked beans and Salisbury steak, freshly made each day and kept in "post-officelike boxes." This New York City Automat, described in the March 1942 National Geographic, was part of an East Coast chain that sold 72,000 pieces of pie a day.
From the National Geographic Image Collection