Saturday, August 17, 2013
LOOKING BACK AT AMERICA, 1956.
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Ah, the good old days of 1956 taking the family out to dinner at the local drive-in restaurant. In Cincinnati, the place to go was Frisch's Big Boy.
This photo is from Houston, Texas and since the family has that nice 1956 air conditioned Caddy to ride in, the drive-in has a special blower for the car hop to blow cold air on them even though the car windows are open.
Notice the clear plastic tube on the far side of the back window where the Caddy air conditioning blew in from the trunk. The little girl in back is drinking a shake from a real glass container while dad chugs down a cold Miller high Life suds. Mom is in front holding her baby.
One commentor nailed it: "Life was so much better when you could drink and drive, kids were sitting on mom's lap and you could stretch out in the back seat and take a nice nap without that pesky seat belt. I have to admit though that I did miss those wing windows when they went away. They made it so much easier to flick your cigarette ashes."
When he refers to "wing windows" he is talking about what we referred to in Ohio as "cozy wings" and the manufacturers called "front and back door ventipanes."
So, today we have safer cars but more idiots driving them while they text useless information.