Santa visiting Swede's Diner, Ann Arbor, December 1950

Santa visiting Swede’s Diner, Ann Arbor, December 1950. From the Ann Arbor District Library “Old News” collection.

Original caption: Stockings wouldn’t hold the Christmas cheer served up by Leonard Carlstrom, proprietor of a lunch counter at 208 S. Fifth Ave., so he used cups. Carlstrom played his own version of Santa Clause this morning when he hung up the “free coffee” sign to old customers and newcomers alike. “Business kind of picked up a little,” Carlstrom noted.