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Photos Of How Drive-Throughs Have Changed Over The Years  

Jude Newsome
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Few things emblematize mid-century American culture quite like the drive-through and its sister in fast, car-side service, the drive-in. At the old-fashioned drive in - grabbing a burger and shake from the driver's seat of your '57 Thunderbird, turning the wheel toward Route 66 to answer the call of the open road - you're pretty much James Dean. Vintage fast food photos can evoke this feeling in viewers.

Maybe you don't have the '57 Thunderbird at the ready, but old pictures of fast food drive-throughs can still orient your metaphorical wheel toward that most iconic of routes. Vintage fast food signs, classic drive-thrus, and old-fashioned drive-in restaraunts abound on this romp into our fast food past.

Getting The Dry Cleaning At A Drive-Through In Los Angeles, 1956
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Photo:  George/Flickr/CC BY-SA 2.0
Picking Up Milk At The Dairy Drive-Through In Tallahassee, FL, 1957
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Photo: Florida Memory/Wikimedia Commons/Public Domain
Chatting It Up At The Drive-Through, C. 1957
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Pulling Up To The A&W In Orange, CA, C. 1960s
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