Monthly Archives: February 2013

Clark White Diamond

Clark White Diamond serving up sliders since 1947

Clark White Diamond

Clark White Diamond

When you think sliders, the first name that comes to your mind may be White Castle. What you may not know is that in New Jersey independent slider joints are alive and well.

The Clark White Diamond is one such place. Without the corporate homogenized feel of a White Castle, the Clark White Diamond feels more like a local diner.

Long time customer Bill Schaffer has been going to the White Diamond since 1948. ”it’s like home. I used to walk here from the grammar school.” “There was no houses so we walked through the woods. Hamburgers were 2 for a quarter. We would walk over here for lunch.” Schaffer likes the White Diamond’s menu because it’s “consistent and it’s good”

Clark White Diamond Slider

Clark White Diamond Slider

Schaffer recalls that Jimmy Cox came to New Jersey from North Carolina. “He came up here and built four or five white diamonds and he would take all the boys from North Carolina that were borderline bad boys. He would give them a job. He would give them a place to live. Great man did a lot of good. They were very good people. Then the Collins family took over and they have been here a long time”

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Fotomat

Ever wonder what that little shack towards the front of some shopping center parking lot once was?  Before the days of one hour photo developing at your local CVS and  current day digital photography, there was Fotomat.

Now you can buy your coffee and breakfast from a Dunkin’ Donuts drive-thru. Back then people could just drive up to their local Fotomat for most their film developing needs.  Founded in 1965, it reached its peak in the 1980s. At the time of the circa 1987 video below Fotomat had over 1,700 locations and promoted it’s “Inexpensive same day developing”. 

Fotomat kiosks were often found in the parking lots of your local shopping center just as you find Redbox machines in front of your local supermarket nowadays. By the 1990s Fotomat had for the most part disappeared.

Though most of the locations were torn down years ago, a few still stand as reminders of a bygone era. 

Former Fotomat Freehold, NJ

Former Fotomat Freehold, NJ

This Former Fotomat is now a drive-thru watch repair shop located in a shopping center off  of Route 9 in Freehold, New Jersey.

Former Fotomat Marlboro, NJ

Former Fotomat Marlboro, NJ

This vacant Marlboro location on Route 520 is waiting for a new tenant.

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