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March of Dimes Coffee Day January 1953

UPDATE: The waitress' last name is actually McGath, and the restaurant pictured is the Tasty Bite, 215 E. Washington. Thanks to Jim Sears for figuring that out and sending us an email.

Original Post: On Friday, Jan. 30, 1953, local restaurants donated proceeds from their coffee sales to the March of Dimes and the campaign to combat infantile paralysis, commonly known as polio. Here is waitress Pauline McGrath pouring coffee for truck drivers (left to right) Mack Rutledge, Gene Dreelan, and “Slick” Evans.

Instead of paying the restaurant for their coffee, diners put their money in a special March of Dimes coin collection box (it’s visible behind Miss McGrath’s left arm). We don’t know what restaurant is shown here. If you have any idea, let us know.

Bill Kemp

Bill Kemp

Bill Kemp is the Librarian at the McLean County Museum of History

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