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Red Top Diner on Route 66, Edgewood, New Mexico by Mitchell Tillison
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This Valentine Diner was manufactured by the Arthur Valentine company and was once part of a chain of identically constructed, individually serialized diners that stretched across the United States and operated using the Valentine Lunch System. This diner is no longer in working condition, but a surprising number still are. Of those, some are still located on old Route 66.

Due to its location and orientation, it is impossible to get a shot of this diner that does not include power lines and other distractions. So, I did quite a bit of work to clone those out and put in a nice evening sky from Santa Fe.

Pentax K20D, 1/80 @ F8, ISO 200, 18mm

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rural, highway, historic, byway, eatery, edgewood, new mexico, route 66, fast food, valentine diner, lunchsystem, red top, lunch counter, blue mesa, bluemesaphotography

Comments

  • fauselr
    fauselrabout 5 years ago

    very nice

  • Thanks!

    – Mitchell Tillison

  • VonMcKnelly
    VonMcKnellyabout 5 years ago

    Kick butt drop dead killer image dude…
    I lived on places like this years ago traveling through the Southwest.

  • Von, you’re comments are killer, too! Thanks!

    – Mitchell Tillison

  • Carla Jensen
    Carla Jensenabout 5 years ago

    Outstanding find and capture…TheBlindHog!!! they sure did design this to really standout did they !! Fantastic work wtg!!

  • I agree, Carla, they did a good job with the design and then the owners have been mighty creative with them, too. This one is a bit dinged and dented, but some of the luster shines through. Thanks for your comment!

    – Mitchell Tillison

  • Patricia Montgomery
    Patricia Montg...about 5 years ago

    Fascinating narrative on the Valentine Diners! And what a great image! Excellent post processing work – well done!

  • Thanks very much, Patricia! I appreciate your comments. I hope all is well with you.

    – Mitchell Tillison

  • Tom Vaughan
    Tom Vaughanabout 5 years ago

    what a wonderful piece of the U.S. I’d love two fried eggs over easy, hold the grease.

  • Sorry, Tom. The cook is “out to lunch.” Thanks very much for your comment!

    – Mitchell Tillison

  • stagni
    stagniabout 5 years ago

    mother but there is only him !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    however beautiful picture, great colors, congratulations!

  • La ringrazio molto, Valentina!

    – Mitchell Tillison

  • BigD
    BigDabout 5 years ago

  • Big D, thank you very much for the big “thumbs up”!

    – Mitchell Tillison

  • Kathleen Stephens
    Kathleen Stephensabout 5 years ago

    Edgelwood is an interesting town. Considered living there at one time. Settled on Rio Rancho instead.

    Love your Redtop – great job with it :)

  • Thanks, neighbor!

    – Mitchell Tillison

  • joyousmoon
    joyousmoonabout 5 years ago

    Congratulations on your feature! Nicely done. Great classic piece!

  • Thanks, Pam!

    – Mitchell Tillison

  • Birgitta
    Birgittaabout 5 years ago

    This would look so good at night with a tripod & long exposure..
    really good capture here & interesting place!

  • Thanks for your interest, Birgitta. I might take your suggestion for a long exposuere this winter, when the nights are longer!

    – Mitchell Tillison

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