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July 12, 2011

Carhops

By Sablemable aka Jan

 

A big frosty mug of root beer, french fries hot out of the deep fryer and a gooey coney dog delivered to you on a shiny metal tray  by a carhop while you sat in your car.   Yum!

 

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Sometimes the carhop would come to your car and take your order, or sometimes you could call in your order from the stall.  A sweet voice would answer, saying, “May I take your order, please!”

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A CARHOP AND CUSTOMER

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BOB’S DRIVE-IN AND CARHOPS

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JIMMY’S DRIVE INN

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COCA-COLA TOOK ADVANTAGE OF THE DRIVE-IN RESTAURANT TO PROMOTE THEIR SOFT DRINK.

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THE MAJORETTE THEMED UNIFORMS WERE POPULAR ATTIRE FOR THE CARHOPS.

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Here’s a twist to the carhop image; a young man, on roller skates, no less!

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Okay, ‘fess up.  Who out there used to be a carhop?  I’ll be the first!

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9 Responses to Carhops

  1. RetroRuth Reply

    July 12, 2011 at 11:11 am

    Jan! You used to be a carhop?? How awesome!! I could never be one…I never got the hang of roller skates. I was always an embarrassment at Skate Capitol. :)

    We have a new A&W by us that is a drive-in, and Tom and I love it!

  2. Eartha Kitsch Reply

    July 12, 2011 at 11:34 am

    The closest that I’ve ever come to a carhop is the girls at Sonic. And they don’t roller skate. Though one DOES call me “hon”.

  3. Lorie B. Reply

    July 12, 2011 at 12:46 pm

    Jan…where did you car hop at? I worked at Roxy’s for more years than I care to admit to, but they had stopped the car hops by then. Actually, I remember going there and getting food with a car hop.

    They still car hop at Mikey’s in Bridgman. My folks like to go over and have a root beer and share an order of fries. I think it is their ‘date night’. :D

  4. sablemable Reply

    July 12, 2011 at 4:06 pm

    LOL, first off, yes I was a carhop, but not on roller skates!!!!!!!

    Ruuuuuuuuuuuth! Love A&W! Wish they, or Dog ‘n Suds was still around over here.

    Earthaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!!!!!! I heard that Sonic was going to put the carhops on “wheels.” That, would have ended my career!

    Lorieeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!!!! Yep, I worked at Roxy’s Brown Lanturn, starting in 1970. I had just missed wearing the majorette boots (darn) and the corny hats. I worked there through high school, then became a waitress in a bar. Quite a step up, eh? LOL!

  5. Jen Reply

    July 12, 2011 at 9:46 pm

    What a fun post! I’ve never been a carhop—not so awesome on skates—but always loved going to drive-ins with carhops! Still do, in fact, there are plenty of them out there. There’s an A&W by my old apartment in Michigan that I liked stopping into for a root beer float after watching the classic cars cruise on Woodward. The Parkette in Kentucky has ‘hops, too. :)

    Now I really, REALLY want a root beer float…

  6. Andrea Reply

    July 13, 2011 at 1:38 am

    Ahhh, I can remember going to A&W as a kid and the carhops bringing our food out and the trays that hung on your window! I was too young to have been a car hop, but that’s probably ok since I am terrible on roller skates, hah! Too bad all of the A&Ws here are drive through now.

  7. Sara in AZ Reply

    July 13, 2011 at 1:44 am

    Sable! We need to see a pic of you as a carhop ASAP!!!!!

  8. sablemable Reply

    July 13, 2011 at 2:54 am

    PS, Lorieeeeeeeeeeeeee!!! I forgot about Mikey’s!

    Jeeeeeeeeeeeeen! I want a root beer AND a coney dog (or two) Woodward Avenue; you must have lived in Detroit, girl!

    Andreaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!!!!! LOL, our local A&W was located behind a liquor store. You could eat your dog and fries and watch the winos.

    Saraaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!!!!!! You would have to ask for a photo, LOL! Unfortunately, I never had one snapped. But the uniforms changed when I began-no more boots! Waaah! Do they still make majorette boots?

  9. Charlotte Reply

    August 8, 2011 at 7:21 pm

    You can still be one! There’s a drive-in near my mom’s house in Ypsilanti, Michigan called the Chick-Inn. It’s been there since the ’50s and is still open, complete with neon chicken sign and carhops! No skates, though.

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