Thoughts of the old-time radio shows always evoke a
certain amount of nostalgia, especially among the over-fifty segment of our
population. "Amos 'n Andy" starring Freeman Gosden as Amos and Charles Correll
as Andy was among the most popular.
This photograph provided by Dorothy DelGrosso calls to
mind another favorite of the golden years of radio, "Duffy's Tavern." Ed Gardner
played the congenial saloonkeeper and always answered the phone with a cheerful
"Hello, Duffy's Tavern."
This was another era but there were, indeed, any number of
Duffy's Taverns around the country, and the Bronx had theirs. One with the same
cognomen was located on 138th Street and was run by M. Duffy. It was there from
about 1940. Duffy and Clinch also ran a saloon on Gun Hill Road in the 1940s.
This photograph of the same era shows Duffy's Tavern at
4063 Boston Road. The sign at top is a little blurry in the picture but reads:
Duffy's Tavern & Restaurant, Dining-Dancing. It was run by J. Duffy and opened
up circa 1944.
I drove by the area on August 11 and was happy to see that
the building was still there. When you compare the photograph I took at that
time with the old one, you will note that the lower portion of the building has
been altered. It is now occupied by City Line Auto Parts and is located on the
west side of Boston Road just north of DeLavall Avenue.
Just to the right of Duffy's tavern in the old photograph
you will note the sign advertising brake service by the American Brake Service
Company. This building at 4065 Boston Road is now occupied by Gatti Wheel
Alignment and Balancing.