Wednesday, May 07, 2008

An American roadside curiosity from decades past. The Buckeye Drive In menu order board. Rushville Indiana USA. November 2002.

I took this photo while on a business trip with a previous company I had worked with, back in November of 2002. This once common North American roadside curiosity from the 1950's and 60's era, is the drivers side ordering menu from the Buckeye Drive In, wich was located in Rushville Indiana near the city of Indianaopolis.
Roadside Drive In restaurants wee once very common in the days before corporate fast food establishments with drive through windows.
"Car Hops", or parking area waitresses, would bring Your food order out to You on a special tray with hooks that would mount to Your window.
There are still a small number of these roadside Drive In restaurants today scattered around North America, mainly in small farming towns.
The greater Chicagoland area had a number of these when I was growing up in the 1960's and 70's. Most of the Chicago area Car Hop Drive In's were gone by 1975 unfortunately. The west suburban towns of Berwyn and Countryside Illinois actually had several of them back then.

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