Ship Mates Drive-In, Laguna Beach 1950s
Waiting staff in sailor suits would take orders from customers in their cars at the Ship Mates Drive-In in Laguna Beach, California. A black and white photograph of this long-lost establishment also shows a circular diner, topped by a ship’s mast and a cheery sailor figure using a nautical telescope to look out to sea.
On the menu which greeted customers with the phrase Good Morning Shipmates! Start The Day Right, there were numerous breakfast specials – the most expensive cost $1.25. Coffee was 10c a cup, hamburgers cost 50c and a cherry phosphate, an effervescent soft drink, cost 15c.
The simple artwork on the menu cover, in navy blue fonts and illustrations, beautifully reflects a quieter scene in this beautiful Orange County coastal city in the 1950s.
We’ve found two owners of The Shipmates Drive-in which was located at 1201 South Coast Blvd – E J Jones and Parky Crosby.
Crosby renamed it The WheelHouse and offered seafood dishes and cocktails in its later incarnation.
There is now a Jack In The Box at the site.
Courtesy Private Collection.
Each print is accompanied by a copy of the interior menu or cover.