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BIG BOY BOB | Bob's Big Boy in Burbank is an example of the emerging California coffee shop style that exploded in Los Angeles in the 1950s and a point of historical interest in California. Built in 1949, the structure is related to World Fair pavilions of the pre-war period by its long, low, horizontal roof line and wide canopies. Its asymmetrical shape alternates from sharp angles at the entrance to smooth, inward curving picture windows facing the street. Certainly the building's most striking aspect is the monumental freestanding Bob's sign which soars vertically 70 feet and its trademark chubby boy in red-and-white checkered overalls holding a Big Boy sandwich (double-decker cheeseburger). Johnny Carson frequently mentioned Bob's Big Boy on the Tonight Show and the Beatles ate there during their 1965 US Tour.

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