Walker Evans (American, 19031975)
Gelatin silver print; 4 5/8 x 7 1/4 in. (11.7 x 18.5 cm)
Gift of Arnold H. Crane, 1971 (1971.646.35)
As early as the 1870s, the quick-lunch counter had become commonplace in New York City. With the introduction and success of the coin-operated automat in the 1910s, lunch and coffee could be had in a New York minute. Walker Evans discovered this trio of natty, prestock market crash consumers near Grand Central terminal at a lunchroom at the corner of Lexington Avenue and 44th Street.