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Portland Press Herald Still-Film Negatives Collection

Document Type

Still Image

Call number of Original


Contributing Institution

Portland Public Library Special Collections & Archives


Portland, Cumberland, Maine, USA

Creation Date


Format of Original

35mm gelatin silver negatives


Views of the diner Charley and Mark on The Square, 23 Monument Square.
The popular downtown Portland luncheonette opened on 6 November 1952 (as "Charley's on The Square"), and the photographs accompanied an article commemorating their 25th year in business. Owner Charley Chorney said the name "On the Square" was a play on words, for the diner's Monument Square address and their honest "fair-and-square" business.

Left image: Mark Chorney, Susan Fine, and Charley Chorney serving lunch hour customers at the counter.
Right image: Waitress Susan Fine (Charley's daughter), taking an order from a customer.

Photo at left published in the Evening Express, on 3 November 1977

[Top right image: Detail from the survey, "Congress Street : Portland, Maine," Greater Portland Landmarks.]

[Additional File links- below-
Photo of Susan Fine, holding a Charley and Mark on The Square menu


The complete Charley and Mark- and Susan, too! Menu, from 1982]

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Charley and Mark on The Square waitress Susan Fine, with menu

Charley_and_Mark-MENU-1982.pdf (713 kB)
Charley and Mark- and Susan, too! - 1982 MENU


Portland, Me., Downtown Portland, Businesses, Monument Square, Menu


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In Copyright - Educational Use Permitted.