Ah, the Mother Road. Nothing captures the imagination of Mid-Century motoring Americana like Route 66. These illustrations are part of a series inspired by the iconic American highway that stretched more than 2,000 miles from Chicago to Los Angeles and served as a thoroughfare to freedom for families, road warriors and dreamers alike from its opening in 1926 through its heyday in the 1940s through 1960s. Even though the U.S. federal highway system made the road largely obsolete by 1985, history buffs can still get their kicks on portions of the old road that deliver cityscapes, desertcapes and great escapes.
Whether it was in a fancy cocktail lounge, a patio cafe, or the greasy-spoon corner diner, waitresses from the 1950s and 1960s offered service with a smile. These three illustrations are from my Mid-Century Modern waitress illustration collection.
This project is part of a series of Waitresses illustrations inspired by Mid-Century Modern Style.