Teenagers Packed In Car

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Inside: If you obey all the rules, you miss all the fun! -- Katharine Hepburn Happy Birthday

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Gary, Indiana • Circa 1956


Crowded into a Chevy Bel Air, a half-dozen teenagers have happily cruised into the
parking lot of their favorite drive-in restaurant, a fast-food staple of 1950s America
and a popular hangout for the young at heart. Before drive-thru windows became the more convenient choice for hungry motorists on-the-go, drive-in restaurants allowed patrons to park their cars and place an order with a “car hop,” who would rush their food and drinks to a tray clipped to the car door. Enjoying a new mobility that their parents and grandparents only dreamed about, nothing was more delicious for the millions of car-driving teenagers than a momentary escape from adult supervision— well, maybe the cheeseburgers and sodas.