I have always liked car washes. There is something therapeutic about them. All you need is some quarters and the car wash makes a hot, humid day tolerable. And you get your car cleaned.
I never do the actual washing. That’s what husbands are for. I like to put the quarters in or to sit inside and simply watch.
Do you know that most Americans spend a huge part of their lives in the car? It’s like a second home.
The main difference between European and American cars is …. the number of cup-holders. If it doesn’t have at least three, it won’t sell in the USA.
The self-service car wash is another convenience determined by the American lifestyle. Just like the drive-in pharmacy, movie theatre, or restaurant. Always on the go.
If my cat was in the car, she would freak out by now 😉
Some people pride on their cars, for others they are simply a necessity that gets them from one point to another. Whatever the reason, it is hard to do without a car these days.
“1940s.The dawn of the car wash era has begun. By the mid-1940s, there were approximately 32 drive-through car washes nationwide. In 1946, a semiautomatic car wash system was developed with a conveyor belt that hooked to the bumper of automobiles. It had an overhead water sprinkler with three sets of manually operated brushes and a 50 HP air blower to help dry the car. All of these elements would become an important part of the car wash industry in the future.”
In less than 10 minutes, you can have your car cleaned. Convenient, fast and easy. And so American.
Why are you reading this blog post? Because I happened to have the camera with me in the car. And I like car washes.
I don’t know who owns and operates the car wash on Jefferson and Market. But I am sure it has lots of stories to tell.