It was a surprise to me, too, that McDonald’s hadn’t always used everyone’s favourite yellow-and-red clown, Ronald McDonald as their mascot. He didn’t appear until 1963.
Almost all traces of Mr Speedee, McDonald’s original mascot are gone. Introduced in 1948 to celebrate the “Speedee Service System” which turned the kitchen into a production line and made the restaurant self-service, Mr Speedee was a chef with a hamburger for a head.
Muncie, Indiana is home to one of only three remaining signs in a style that was once commonplace across the USA: a single yellow arch with a running Mr Speedee.
This sign probably dates originally from 1958-1959. It was restored in 2006 and even lights up at night.
1950’s McDonald’s Sign
Address: 500 E Charles Street, Muncie, IN 47305