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The Philadelphia

The Philadelphia was celebrating its 39th year in business when this photograph was taken in 1940. It had been opened in 1901 by Eustice Poledor, along with his brothers Andrew and Pendel. You could get a raspberry ice cream soda there for fifteen cents, according to a 1930s menu. A chocolate cashew sundae cost twenty cents as did an egg chocolate milk shake. Sandwiches, soups and salads were also available. The chocolates and candy in display cases were measured and sold by the pound, if you wished. The candy store, located at 116 N. Michigan Street in downtown South Bend, also featured a soda fountain and lunch counter. The establishment closed its downtown location in 1972 and the building that housed it was demolished one year later.

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