1939 Sterling Diner
1939 Sterling Diner constructed by the J. B. Judkins Co. of Merrimac, Mass.. Car buffs will remember the J. B. Judkins Co. as the builder of many custom car bodies of the 20's and 30's. Lincolns and Rolls-Royce of America were just a few of the many cars which had Judkins bodies on them. During the depression of the late 20's and early 30's the market for custom made car bodies disappeared and the Judkins Co. remade themselves by constructing diners. They are most famous for their Sterling Streamliner diners which featured a rounded end either on one or both ends. This Sterling Diner was the ninth diner made in 1939 by Judkins and was their standard model. It has an all porcelean exterior and a porcelean interior ceiling. All the trim is Mahogany wood. Judkins was one of the very few diner makers which made a sectionlized diner. It is constructed in 4 foot long sections which are bolted together. Most diners were constructed as one piece units. By being constructed in sections the customer could specify any length and the diner could be more easily transported to the site where it was assembled. This diner is currently disassembled for transportation and is presently in storage in a climate controlled enviornment near Chicago. The photos were taken when the diner was being moved from it's prior location in New York. It is unrestored but complete, including 12 counter stools, the original procelean panels and the original mahogany wood trim. The current length of the diner is 31 feet and the width is 11 feet.