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Ken Eddy's Drive-In was located at 48th and O Streets in Lincoln, Nebraska

Ken Eddy's Drive-In was located at 48th and O Streets in Lincoln, Nebraska. This photograph was taken by the Macdonald Studio on July 11, 1952. (RG2183.PH001952-00711-2) (above).

There is just something about old drive-ins that brings out the nostalgia in people. In Lincoln, Ken Eddy’s was a legend.  In 1952, Ken Lydic and Eddy Gold opened their drive-in restaurant at the corner of 48th and “O” Streets.  Cleverly named Ken Eddy’s, they served up a full menu of burgers, barbeque, steaks, and seafood.  You could enjoy your Big Boy burger in the dining room or have it delivered to the window of your car by the carhops.

Eddie Gold passes a tray of good out the window to a carhop at Ken Eddy's (RG2183.PH001953-000205-4)

Eddie Gold passes a tray of food out the window to a carhop at Ken Eddy's in 1953. They appear to be serving up the quintessential 1950's drive-in meal: a hamburger, French fries, cherry pie and a cola. (RG2183.PH001953-000205-4) (above).

 

Eddy Gold hands a plate over the diner counter to a waitress at Ken Eddy's (RG2183.PH001953-00205-13)

Eddy Gold hands a plate over the diner counter to a waitress at Ken Eddy's in 1953. (RG2183.PH001953-00205-13) (above).

 

Close-up shot of the Big Boy burger served at Ken Eddy's Drive In (RG2183.PH001953-000702-1)

Close-up image of the Big Boy burger served at Ken Eddy's Drive In. This photograph was taken by Macdonald Studios in July 1953 likely for use in an advertisement campaign. (RG2183.PH001953-000702-1) (above).

Do you remember Ken Eddy’s sign animated with three-color starburst?  I would love to hear your memories of Ken Eddy’s or your hometown’s favorite drive-in.

-Karen Keehr Curator of Photographs

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