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A History of Howard Johnson's: How a Massachusetts Soda Fountain Became an American Icon, April 13, 2014

Author Anthony M. Sammarco

Sunday, April 13, 2014, 2:00 p.m.
Community Room, Needham Free Public Library
1139 Highland Avenue, Needham, MA

Free and open to the public

Sponsored by the Friends of the Library

In his book about the orange-tiled chain of restaurants, Boston-area historian and author Anthony M. Sammarco serves up food nostalgia along with details about the business. Beginning with the popular soda fountain in his 1925 Wollaston drugstore, Howard Johnson set a high standard in pleasing the public. From Maine to Florida, and eventually to the West Coast, the creamy ice cream in trademarked twenty-eight flavors would become a major reason, along with a family-friendly menu, to stop at a Howard Johnson's restaurant. And the HoJo's waitress uniforms? Designed by the House of Dior.

Sammarco's slide lecture draws upon the book's sixteen page color insert and ninety photographs. Fittingly enough, the publisher is American Palate, A Division of The History Press.

The book will be available for purchase and autographing.

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