2012-12-28 / Community

A Window on the Past

Then and now – Dairy Queen
By Kathryn DiPhilippo
South Portland Historical Society


Above, Dairy Queen in South Portland during the 1950s and below, as it appears now. (Courtesy photos) Above, Dairy Queen in South Portland during the 1950s and below, as it appears now. (Courtesy photos) There have been so many changes in South Portland over the years, it’s kind of fun to see a set of then-andnow photos, taken about 60 years apart, that show some things that haven’t changed. There are a few foods that South Portlanders love that give certain businesses staying power, among them are pizza, doughnuts and ice cream. On South Portland’s eastern end, Red’s Dairy Freeze has enjoyed a loyal fan base since 1952, so it’s no surprise that the western side of the city has enjoyed their Dairy Queen for so many decades.

This week’s historic photograph comes to us courtesy of John Plunkett and shows the Dairy Queen at Cash Corner in the early 1950s. Although some renovations have occurred over the years, the basic structure of the building remains the same as it was in its early years. As winter is now settling in around us, we can all look forward to our ice cream shops reopening in just a few months’ time.

All of us at South Portland Historical Society send our wishes to you and your family for a happy and healthy new year.

Return to top