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:


  1. 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.

  2. 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.

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