12 BIZARRE OLD-TIMEY BURGER MASCOTS
These burger boys graced menus, matchbooks, and paper hats from midcentury stands and coffee shops, and their job was to be as jovial and welcoming as the outlandish architecture.
- 1.Bob's Big BoyBob Wian founded Bob's Big Boy in Glendale in 1936. His double-decker burger and iconic mascot still reign in Toluca Lake.
- 2.Fat BoyJohnie's at Wilshire and Fairfax adopted Fat Boy as their representative when they copied the double-decker from Bob's.
- 3.Bun BoyWe're not sure what Bun Boy's X-Men power is, but he's one heck of a mutant. His restaurant in Baker, CA was replaced by a Big Boy, which also closed.
- 4.The original Harvey's Broiler mascotThis double-pattied dude welcomes you to the Downey drive-in with open arms—or rather, floating boxing gloves.
- 5.Bun 'n Burger mascotThe animated neon chef at this Alhambra restaurant has been running since 1941.
- 6.SpeedeeRichard and Maurice McDonald of San Bernardino came up with this hamburger-headed man when they launched their first franchise in 1952.
- 7.Goody's mascotYour friendly neighborhood chef with a shovel works at Goody's in El Monte.
- 8.Pann's mascotRestaurant founder George Poulos was the model for this dapper fellow who adorns the menus at the 1958 Ladera Heights landmark.
- 9.Chubby the ChampWhat is it with boxing and burgers? The Clock Broiler in Lynwood created this heavyweight in 1941.
- 10.Chubby the Champ 2The Clock drive-in had expanded to 12 locations when their logo got a minor makeover in the 1950s.
- 11.Humphrey Burger guyThe defunct McDonnell's drive-in hired cartoonist Ham Fisher to come up with an ad for their Humphrey Burger.
- 12.Coffee Dan's mascotIs this cartoon chef tiny, or is his hamburger enormous?