Having left Chicago one of our early stops on our three week journey along Route 66 was at the Polk-a-Dot Drive In at Braidwood, Illionis. The weather was cold and gloomy and the very friendly staff not only let us in before the official opening time but also gave us coffee. This typical 1950s style diner had a Wurlitzer amongst other memorabilia.
The Wurlitzer is a jukebox although the name refers to the Rudolf Wurlitzer Company that produced a range of musical instruments as well as jukeboxes.
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timecapturer (49288) 2013-05-17 4:39
I love this! So retro and American but also delightful and a fitting tribute to your R66 trip. Executed and composed perfectly and a really wonderful presentation.
Have a great weekend - Brian.
Sergiom (78729) 2013-05-17 4:42
C'est une route que beaucoup de canadiens et d'américains voudraient suivre durant leur vivant. Beaucoup d'opportunités de photos. J'aime bien celle-ci qui comporte beaucoup d'éléments vintage.
snunney (98371) 2013-05-17 4:49
I've always fancied owning a jukebox and this is rather a splendid example, much more elegant and imposing than the little machines you get nowadays. The composition is excellent and the light management beyond reproach. Great colours and clarity. I take my hat off to you.
Ilducabianco (940) 2013-05-17 5:16
not really my kind of photo, but intrigued by the clever use of the mirror in the left corner giving a more "comprehensive" vision of the scene.American pop culture is well summed up in a few of its more characteristic elements.
tyro (24716) 2013-05-17 5:27
This is a lovely photograph from the beginning of your wonderful "Route 66" trip! And how wonderful that you've included that iconic Wurlitzer too - I've always fancied having a go on one of their massive theatre organs. :o)
Your photograph is well composed, the brightly coloured and illuminated jukebox well placed in the frame and the mirror in the corner similarly so. You were clever to avoid including your own reflection in that! And the mirror, of course, gives us yet a wider view of this place. And the picture (of Mustangs ot Thunderbirds?) above the jukebox completes the scene perfectly.
Although the light was quite poor here, you have managed it very well, the colours are vibrant, your exposure perfect and the depth of field and sharpness exquisite.
A fine memory of your trip - and I hope to see some more too!
P.S. And did you know that the term "jukebox" came into use in the United States around 1940, apparently derived from the familiar usage "juke joint", derived from the Gullah word "juke" or "joog" meaning disorderly, rowdy, or wicked?
carlo62 (47581) 2013-05-17 5:27
una foto inusuale per testimoniare l'importante strada.
Ottima esposizione, la foto è ben leggibile in tutti i particolari, con il 66 bene in evidenza.
emilbo (22616) 2013-05-17 6:18
Très intéressante cette photo avec le jukebox qui me rappelle les années '50 où on en voyait dans presque tous les restaurants. J'ai justement une copie exactement pareil, en plus petit format, à mon chalet. On peut y faire jouer des CD et la radio. Excellente présentation.
Toutes mes amitiés et bonne journée,
Nicou (141280) 2013-05-17 7:25
quel reflet dans la vitre dans le coin de l’image sueprbe effet et ce jux box sueprbe ici il y en a plus c'est merveilleux avec la fameux chiffre de la route 66 génial.
Bravo et amitié
eldancer1 (36343) 2013-05-17 7:45
There's a diner in Barstow, California, near Route 66 with decors from the 1960s including the jukebox. Good pov and dof with nice details. Well done, tfs.
worldcitizen (8586) 2013-05-17 8:39
Nice details in this photo. It's a great throwback to the days of drive-ins and jukeboxes. It reminds me of the musical "Grease". :-) I like the reflections in the mirror, and it's great that there is actually a Route 66 sign on the floor. There is no mistaking where this diner sits. :-)
gojo (1769) 2013-05-17 9:21
A wonderful portrait of days almost gone, and with the Route 66 symbol as well. And, very well executed!
ACL1978 (7511) 2013-05-17 12:51
Ooh, I've been waiting for the real start to this series! I'm going to be a frequent visitor to your gallery for these especially, Ann. And I love how you've arranged this - so much Americana here, from the inlaid floor to the jukebox to the car pictures to the funhouse mirror.
Glad the staff was friendly here as well.
bukitgolfb301 (41484) 2013-05-17 23:52
Hi dear Ann
This is another your signitured image of so tasteful and arstic one indeed. Perfect composition and well balanced framework are so wonderful to see.
Thanks a lot and have a good weekend!
Takero from Tokyo
Royaldevon (38562) 2013-05-18 16:29
It sounds as if you left a very cold England to continue the same weather mode.
I do love the clarity of your shot and, of course, the subject. I love the old juke box and the extended view via the mirror.
We used to have an old juke box which had the most awesome speakers. Sadly it broke down and we were unable to get it repaired!
Looking forward to further shots of your mammoth journey,
mcmtanyel (22216) 2013-05-18 20:22
I've been checking out your gallery to see what you will upload next. My wait has been worth it. A nice photo of an electronic gadget for an electronic geek like me!
I love the colors and clarity of it. So noise-free! My high-end point-and-shoot camera cannot handle indoor scenes without a detectable amount of noise. But I did it today, I just ordered a Nikon D7000 from Adorama this morning, yay!
mjw364 (850) 2013-05-19 12:13
Typical Americana. The mirror is a drive in to an alternate, parallel universe it seems given that reflection, or given American culture!
Nice composition - very balanced.
Good to have you back on here!
lousat (90790) 2013-05-20 15:07
Hi Ann,magnificent capture of this juke box,it's a part of our history and it's nice to see one again after long time,perfect pic whit bright details and colors,i like your choice and the result.Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano
chrisvek (7001) 2013-05-21 6:54
Very unique and great composition.So clever look ad colors.Splendid lightning usage,POV and framing.Very well done!
All the best
Romano46 (18472) 2013-05-21 10:45
in questo scatto ha condensato molto bene un periodo della vita degli Stati Uniti ed una famosa strada, la Route 66.
In questa foto, a parte l'eccellente composizione, è pregevole la nitidezza, veramente di ottimo livello, che permette di apprezzare appieno i soggetti fotografati e di cogliere tutte le ionfinite sfumature di colore di questi oggetti.
Un eccellente lavoro. Complimenti!
Ciao e buona serata
freakywindow (233) 2013-05-22 8:17
wolf38 (31296) 2013-05-23 8:35
Hello Ann. The famous Jukebox as we know it. When I see the interior, I think of the famous black and white photos by Robert Frank. The writing of Route 66 fits perfectly to the scene. Well seen and presented. Great colors and best technical quality.
Best rgds, Wolfgang.
delpeoples (57730) 2013-05-24 23:28
Hi dear Ann
Even in thumbnail and without looking at the location, you can tell this is America. There is no other place it could be. Such a characteristic shot, full of atmosphere and images of the Wild West flooding to mind. I love the colours, the light is great and the image is incredibly well-defined, considering the difficult lighting conditions.
macjake (67534) 2013-05-31 10:50
I'm so jealous of this road trip along route 66!
I'll have to get off my butt and do this trip one of these days.
everything here screams out the 1950's!
love it, love the styling.
enjoy your weekend
fabbs99 (17167) 2013-06-04 0:00
Beautiful shot with nice warm colors.Superb sharpness and clarity.