Is it a market or a garage? This idea didn't quite take off.
Pictures from the newly-released Life Photo Archive are kind of the meme of the week, so I think I'll hop on the bus with a few L.A. food-related photos. Most are from a 1949 issue that must have been devoted to wacky drive-ins. There's the market above where you actually drive your car into the market to pick up your food, which looks like a ridiculous idea. I think 1949 must have been the year Americans got lazy.There's the groovy mid-century Von's where they bring your groceries out front so you won't have to shlep them yourself. I think this is on Crenshaw, anyone know where?Then there's Zinke's, which is a shoe repair shop in Pasadena. It's not related to food, but what's amazing is that it's still there.My favorite is this moderne-meets-the-fifties drive-in restaurant in Pasadena -- it's Gwinn's in Pasadena, according to coffee shop architecture expert Chris Nichols. Thank you, Life!