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(Messy Nessy Chic)   Cool pics from the 70s of roadside buildings built in the 50s   ( messynessychic.com) divider line
    More: Cool, gas station, now-demolished art-deco building, Long Beach Boulevard, California State Route 1, Hoot Owl Cafe, Main Street, mid-century modern diners, modernist trend.John  
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2018-10-12 11:30:05 AM  
I came of age in the 70s and was too busy being a teenager to care about  these places. They were everywhere. I wish I had taken photos of everything especially because I lived right along Rt 66 and watched things die.
 
2018-10-12 11:41:27 AM  
Hat n' Boots is still there!

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2018-10-12 11:57:25 AM  
Some of those remind me of Fallout 4.
 
2018-10-12 12:23:00 PM  
Don't click on the Library of Congress link in that story, that's a crazy rabbit hole to go down.
 
2018-10-12 12:29:17 PM  
Leon's Frozen Custard is still there, still looks exactly like that and still serves some of the best frozen custard in town.
 
2018-10-12 12:35:11 PM  
I have always thought those airstream-looking diners were incredibly cool. There was one on St. Pete Beach for decades. Sunset Diner maybe? I don't think the cook changed his clothes any more than once a month, but the patty melt was righteous.
 
2018-10-12 12:45:27 PM  
I'm guessing Mammy's Cupboard would not exactly fly today.
 
2018-10-12 12:50:54 PM  

pdieten: Leon's Frozen Custard is still there, still looks exactly like that and still serves some of the best frozen custard in town.


Yes, it's a treasure
 
2018-10-12 01:00:53 PM  
I remember more of those So Cal buildings from my youth than I actually wanted to. Including the Hoot Owl cafe and the Tower Bowl sign. I'm old.
 
2018-10-12 01:04:33 PM  
The world has gotten less innocently crazy and idiosyncratic. Fewer "one crazy person" decisions backed up with "ain't no rule against it."
 
2018-10-12 01:20:39 PM  
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Opened in 1947. My parents went there on dates. I am now 58.
 
2018-10-12 01:25:32 PM  

edmo: I came of age in the 70s and was too busy being a teenager to care about  these places. They were everywhere. I wish I had taken photos of everything especially because I lived right along Rt 66 and watched things die.


Pretty sure that most of that was due to the interstates taking all the traffic away from the old "US routes" that could be dotted with gas stations, restaurants, and stores.  The rest of it (all the idiosyncratic stuff) was corporations realizing that the most valuable property for that type of thing was the business plan: find something that works and then punch out as many cookie-cutter copies as you can.

/was a kid during the 1970s doing kid stuff, not nearly as sure of what happened
//the local drive in closed after 1978 (I know it showed Star Wars), possibly 1979
///my grandparents lived in Steubenville, Ohio.  Pretty sure everything there in the 1970s-80s was built in the 1950s-60s (it was a steel town).
 
Ant
2018-10-12 01:32:03 PM  
That looks like my childhood
 
2018-10-12 01:39:51 PM  

pdieten: Leon's Frozen Custard is still there, still looks exactly like that and still serves some of the best frozen custard in town.


I looked through the entire collection at tfa's link, and with the exception of the gas stations, the other Milwaukee buildings still exist: the Bradford beach bath house, and that neat deco building with all the terra cotta bas-reliefs on Prospect kinda sorta across the street from Colectivo.

This one

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you can still see the ghost of where it used to be on the side of a building on KK just south of National. There used to be dozens of pagoda gas stations around Milwaukee, but now there are very few. There's a very fine one in Cedarburg, a nice one kinda kept up as a museum on 76th & National in Dirty 'Stallis, and I think there's another broken-down one on a crappy used car lot on da sout' side. Sadly, that's it.
 
2018-10-12 01:51:26 PM  
Original purpose



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Now, current age

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When, I used to jog when I was in California I thought it looked more like WW2 ordinance
then a tamale.
 
2018-10-12 01:53:38 PM  

dj_bigbird: Don't click on the Library of Congress link in that story, that's a crazy rabbit hole to go down.


Thanks for the heads up.  I can't get enough of this stuff!

Thanks for the links whomevermitter!
 
2018-10-12 02:16:17 PM  

brap: dj_bigbird: Don't click on the Library of Congress link in that story, that's a crazy rabbit hole to go down.

Thanks for the heads up.  I can't get enough of this stuff!

Thanks for the links whomevermitter!


I clicked. Some of these are certainly FARK worthy.

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2018-10-12 02:49:18 PM  

Lee451: [img.fark.net image 248x203]


Opened in 1947. My parents went there on dates. I am now 58.


Is that in Fredericksburg?
 
2018-10-12 03:21:54 PM  
I remember the Boot Owl. They served some very tasty ice cream.
 
2018-10-12 04:31:56 PM  

phaseolus: pdieten: Leon's Frozen Custard is still there, still looks exactly like that and still serves some of the best frozen custard in town.

I looked through the entire collection at tfa's link, and with the exception of the gas stations, the other Milwaukee buildings still exist: the Bradford beach bath house, and that neat deco building with all the terra cotta bas-reliefs on Prospect kinda sorta across the street from Colectivo.

This one

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you can still see the ghost of where it used to be on the side of a building on KK just south of National. There used to be dozens of pagoda gas stations around Milwaukee, but now there are very few. There's a very fine one in Cedarburg, a nice one kinda kept up as a museum on 76th & National in Dirty 'Stallis, and I think there's another broken-down one on a crappy used car lot on da sout' side. Sadly, that's it.


Huh, never really thought about that. I just google street viewed the locations and I see what you're talking about. Strange how much interesting stuff is hidden in plain sight.

I've been past the one on 76th a few times but never got there on the occasions when they open it to the public. I should do that one of these days.
 
2018-10-12 04:52:43 PM  
I have to say, America is the best as making huge oversized representations of small objects, and then letting them decay after about 15-20 years.
 
2018-10-12 05:00:45 PM  
Most striking is the absence of graffiti...
 
2018-10-12 05:17:55 PM  

dletter: I have to say, America is the best as making huge oversized representations of small objects, and then letting them decay after about 15-20 years.




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/sorry. but to easy
/ yes it was longer than 20 years
 
2018-10-12 05:42:40 PM  

dletter: I have to say, America is the best as making huge oversized representations of small objects, and then letting them decay after about 15-20 years.


It think Australia is up there too for 'big things'.
https://www.australiangeographic.com.​a​u/travel/destinations/2017/09/a-list-o​f-australias-big-things/
 
2018-10-12 05:44:38 PM  
 
2018-10-13 07:44:14 PM  

brap: dj_bigbird: Don't click on the Library of Congress link in that story, that's a crazy rabbit hole to go down.

Thanks for the heads up.  I can't get enough of this stuff!

Thanks for the links whomevermitter!


I apologize in advance if you end up "wasting" even more time, but I recommend looking at Shorpy's
 
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