The first AUTOMAT

We were walking in Philadelphia and passed by this building. It’s the site of the first Horn & Hardart AUTOMAT. It opened in 1902 at 818 Chestnut Street, ten years before Horn & Hardart opened its first AUTOMAT on Times Square in NYC.

The number of locations in New York quickly expanded. At its height in the 1950’s, there were 27 H&H’s just on Broadway. Including Brooklyn, Queens and the Bronx, there were close to one hundred H&H Automats, Restaurants and Retail Shops in New York.

Al Mazzone