EDITOR'S NOTE: This story originally published on Richland Source in 2014.

If you drove here in 1949 you could get the burger, fries, coke and other fine foods. And they had curbside service. Go there today and you’ll be ordering electronic components for the U.S. military at Energy Technologies, Inc. A car hop will probably not come to get your order.

At the corner of Park Avenue East and Foster Street, the Drive-In-Ette was a sandwich shop with all the hyphens. According to the postcard, the Dining Room was "air conditioned."

From sandwich shop to defense systems … 70-plus years can make all the difference in what it means to walk in and ask for a sub.

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Timothy Brian McKee is a featured columnist on our site every Sunday with a column titled Native SonEvery Tuesday, he taps into his knowledge and collection of historical photos and bring us Then & Now, a brief glance at the way things were.