Swenson’s Ice Cream

Copyright Larry Johnston
Copyright Larry Johnston

Swenson’s Ice Cream and Drive-in

Akron, Ohio

In the late 1980s and early 1990s, I was busy taking photos of old restaurants and diners, to use as a subject for my paintings. Some of them had been around for years and we lived with them on-a-daily- basis, but we never thought that one day they would be gone.

Some of the buildings were torn down literally days after taking pictures of them.  Others were remodeled and new signed installed. What I captured was the memories of the beginnings of many of these businesses.

While exhibiting in Akron, Ohio, I found Swenson’s on Cuyahoga Falls Avenue and took photos of it.  After finishing the painting, the drive-in was remodeled with a canopy to park under while ordering and waiting for your order.

It was popular in North Akron when I was there, serving Hamburgers, French Fries, Malts, Shakes and other great food, that became famous in the 1940s and 1950s.

Prints:
ALL PRINTS are printed on canvas and stretched on wooden stretcher bars and prices vary according to size ordered. Most are 2:3 proportion
Options:
wrapped print- part of the image is wrapped
around the sides of the wood.
Non-wrapped print- The full image is on the face, with white or black edges
(frames and hardware are not included)

11″ x 14″Black Edge………. $148.82

11″ x 14″ White Edge………. $148.82

11″ x 14″ Wrapped Edge………. $148.82

16″ x 20″ Black Edge ………. $204.72

16″ x 20″  White Edge………. $204.72

16″ x 20″ Wrapped Edge………. $204.72

16″ x 20″ ………. $375.00 original painting on stretched canvas not available.

 

 

The Classic Milk Shake

Copyright Larry Johnston
Copyright Larry Johnston

The Classic Milk Shake

 In the years of the roadside Diners, the Hamburger, French Fries and Milk Shake were the order of the day.  In the painting here, it shows a typical Milk Shake, with the silver mixing container that always came with it, because the glass was never big enough to hold it all.  It was like a bonus, being able to drink your milk shake, which was usually topped with whipped cream and a cherry.  The cherry must have fallen off this one.  Of course, there was always that glass of water sitting close by, in case of “Brain Freeze” from drinking the cold shake too fast.  They always came with 2 straws, so you could share with your sweetheart.

Prints:
 
ALL PRINTS are printed on canvas and stretched on wooden stretcher bars and prices vary according to size ordered. Most are 2:3 proportion
 
Options:
 
wrapped print- part of the image is wrapped
around the sides of the wood.
 
 
Non-wrapped print- The full image is on the face, with white or black edges
 
 
(frames and hardware are not included)

11″ x 14″………. $148.82

16″ x 20″ ………. $204.72

16″ x 20″ ………. $375.00 Original painting on stretched canvas