The Five Cent Cup of Coffee

The Coffeepot Diner, for the mystery novel The Extra, by Mel Anastasiou, line drawings by the author.
The Coffeepot Diner, for the mystery novel The Extra, by Mel Anastasiou, line drawings by the author.

I sure wish I could drive up to this coffee shop and hand over a nickel for a cup of joe with yellow cream.

I love imagining the original owner showing the plans to his friends. “Here’s what I’m building–it’s got a coffeecup on the roof. You wait and see, it’ll be dandy.”

What happened to these ticky-tacky diners shaped like hamburgers and coffee shops shaped like hats? They always looked like they’d been made from papier maché. Melted in the rain, maybe.

This one is for The Extra, my Hollywoodland mystery set in 1934. The Coffeepot is on the road south when Frankie Ray drives her Model A to Hollywood. Tinseltown turns out to be more dangerous than an Edward G Robinson antihero.
melsteps Note from Mel: At Pulp Literature, we’re Kickstarting our Year Two Subscriptions, just until the end of November. Here’s a link to the page for Pulp Lit. I love being part of editing and illustrating this well-regarded short fiction magazine.  Thanks for considering subscribing to Year 2, issues 5 through 8, of Pulp Literature!

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