Los Angeles has always been the heart of American's love affair with cars. And the city's car washes are monuments to our pampered automobiles. But to get from the growing suburbs to workplaces and city centers, you needed a car. Block after block, drive-in diners and movie theaters, gas stations and car washes were opening to cater to the main mode of mobility in LA. The bright signs and colorful pillars were designed to catch the attention of drivers and photographer George Tate documented these once ubiquitous building types.