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The Pig Stand 41, also known as the Calder Pig, is a nationally recognized chain restaurant known for its unique "California-style" design. Built in 1941, it continues to operate today and is featured in a book on the history of American chain restaurants.
This painting depicts a scene from a young lady's 14th birthday party, which took place on March 2, 1959, and also celebrated Texas 123rd birthday. The scene captures the lively atmosphere of the restaurant, with patrons dancing in the aisles to popular songs of the time, such as "Red River Rock," "Kansas City," "16 Candles," "Sea of Love," or "Matilda." The neon sign above the restaurant, which reads "Eat a pig sandwich," adds to the nostalgic ambiance. The painting also includes a child riding a Columbia bicycle, adding a touch of realism to the scene.
The artist behind this painting, wanted to include personal touches in the painting, such as the Columbia bicycle, which was the artist's first new bike, and the Mad Magazine and "caped crusader" that can be found in the background. The artist also made use of Collectible Automobile Magazine for the accurate representation of the classic cars like the '59 Impala convertible, '57 Dodge, and '53 Buick Skylark. The artist also included a representation of the artist sitting at the counter with a cup of coffee, adding a personal touch to the painting.
The Pig Stand #1 was the first Drive-in restaurant in the world built in Dallas in 1921, and this painting is featured on their menu. The painting has also been featured in "Reminisce Magazine", "Down Memory Lane" and on Collector CD "tins" which demonstrates its popularity and historical significance.
In addition to its unique design, Pig Stand was also known for its innovations, such as "curb service" and coining the term "car hop", where kids would take customer's orders by hopping on the running board of their cars. The restaurant has been a beloved establishment for many years, and this painting captures a moment in time, preserving its history and memories for future generations.
Description by the Artist
Watch this video presentation by the artist describing the painting process, the research, and the hidden trivia in the painting.
The original painting is 36x24" on masonite panel, completed in 1992.
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