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Vintage photos of:
Stewart's Root Beer stand on Kanawha Boulevard in Charleston, West Virginia. Fifth girl from the left is my Aunt Doris at 15 years of age. This drive-in was very popular in its day. Later a Shoney's would be built here, and then a Captain D's. View full size.
The staff of a "summer restaurant" somewhere in Southern Ontario. 8x10 black and white print. View full size.
South Carolina, 1956. More from this series of pictures on life in the South. Color transparency by Margaret Bourke-White, Life magazine archive. View full size.
More from the South Carolina roadhouse. So far I've found five pictures of these two mixing it up, either wrestling or dancing. The captions don't say anything about what's going on, but the girl seems delighted. Color transparency by Margaret Bourke-White, Life magazine image archive. View full size.