The Hamburger Stand with the Revolving Top — 1930

by Paula Bosse

hamburger-stand_dmn_120130Dallas Morning News, Dec. 1, 1930

by Paula Bosse

I’m not really sure what these “sandwich stands” were called, but The Dallas Morning News calls this a “Rice Revolving Roof stand.” By December, 1930, there were five of these interesting-looking things in Dallas. “Invented” in Lubbock, there were plans for a revolving-top sandwich-stand empire.


One of these Rice Revolving Roof $4,000 stands is being erected at 500 East Grand, at Barry, for Ed Eady who operates a string of stands glorifying the American hamburger. These stands are at 1111 North Zang, Greenville at Richmond, Preston at Lover’s Lane, 1718 Addison, with the headquarters at Pearl and Canton.

The invention of C. T. Rice of Lubbock, the Dallas unit will be an experiment looking toward erection of similar units over Texas, Oklahoma and Louisiana by Mr. Eady and Mr. Rice. The stands with revolving roofs with neon strips and borders and flood lights bathing the advertising space already are in Big Spring, Colorado City, Sweetwater and Lubbock. The stands are twenty feet in diameter with ten windows and two doors.

Hamburgers made with strictly fresh meat are one of twelve kinds of sandwiches handled at Eady’s stands. He has been in Dallas eleven years, four of which have been devoted to developing his present
business. Quarters of beef are bought and made into hamburger meat at the Pearl and Canton headquarters. A special sauce has been perfected for use on sandwiches. That a strictly quality hamburger sandwich is being produced, Mr. Eady says, can be proven by the increasing volume of business.

Not sure if these “revolving-top” sandwich stands made it any further than the locations listed above, but Charles T. Rice and Charles E. Childs took out a patent on their invention, the main characteristic of which was the multi-faced roof (on which advertisements would be placed) which could be “rotated at any required speed.” Basically, it was a spinning billboard that dispensed hamburgers. I bet this looked really cool at night.



Photo and quote from The Dallas Morning News, December 1, 1930.

Patent drawing for “Revolving-Top Building” from Google Patents; description is here, schematic diagrams are here and here.


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