Car culture and the Los Angeles drive-in — where Deco meets Googie meets Camp

1949 –  Van de Kamps Bakery and Drive-In:

1939 – Simon’s:

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  1. September 13, 2012

    Oh, the prices! ‘Fried Spring Chicken- 50c’ 🙂

    • September 13, 2012

      And I bet it wasn’t processed or soaked in brine until it tasted like a salty sponge…

  2. September 13, 2012

    Van de Kamps!!! I loved the one in Lakewood …I think it was in a Von’s supper market. I was just tall enough to see the goodies on the second shelf on the display counter. I can still remember the wonderful smell of that place.

  3. September 16, 2012

    So cool. I’ve been researching AMERICAN GRAFFITI and it made me sad to read about the Original Mel’s being demolished after the film was over. At least it helped to bring the place back, even if it can’t be the ‘original’ building.

    • September 16, 2012

      Fun! I can’t wait to read about it on your blog — Simon’s was on Wilshire kind of down in the Hancock Park area. Hope your cold is better, V

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