The creators of this Samurai costume made of pizza boxes won free pizza for a year from Little Caesars.
After WWII and continuing through the 1960s, an emphasis on kitschy culinary arts kept little women busy in their places: the kitchen. How else do you explain the Joys Of Jell-O?
Perhaps the best thing about the miracle of gelatin based foods was the fact that, other than boiling water, one didn’t ruin their makeup in the heat. No, I don’t think the best thing was food stuff themselves… So bright, yet so wrong. Vegetables? Waldorf Salad? Shrimp?! Even the photos of the desserts make my teeth hurt. …Although that Jell-O and ice cream gum-drop number might be worth it. For more on the miracle of gelatin foods, check out Retro Mimi (my interview with her here) and my Things Your Grandmother Knew blog.
A snazzy gang of girls; circa 1940s.
A vintage negative of a 1950s drive-in waitress.
Spotted at a thrift store today; I didn’t handle him, but I’m pretty sure he’s this one by Hasbro. Price on his shoe is $9.99.
No, that’s not a euphemism; check out the sign in the background of this malt shoppe photo from the 1940s.
Naturally, the Hoot Hoot I Scream sold ice cream. According to Future Studio, the Hoot Hoot was a real recycling project:
The head rotated; the eyes, made from Buick headlamps, blinked; the sign: Hoot hoot, I scream, used elements of a theater marquee. For over 50 years, Tillie Hattrup ran this L.A.-area refreshment spot designed and built by her husband, Roy in 1926-27. It was demolished in 1979.
More info on the building, with additional digital recreation images, can be found here.
I found this photo via Old Chum when I found these other classic roadside attraction food stand photos. Old Chum (aka Walter Manning of the Old Faithful Shop) says they are from California Crazy: Roadside Vervancular Architecture, compiled by Jim Heimann and Rip Georges; more pics here at his other blog.
If I had been older when Burger King employed these ads, I might have asked just what was in those burgers…
Image Tiki Ranch.