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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • ABOUT PARIS, 1895

Two-Way Traffic: 1935

Two-Way Traffic: 1935

November 1935. "Underpass at the Radburn, New Jersey, model housing community which alleviates the dangers of the highway." Photo by Carl Mydans for the Resettlement Administration. View full size.

 

Galoshes

... is what we always called the rubber overshoes with adjustible buckles.

Arctics

I believe the boy is wearing the style of boot everyone in the northeast wore, including men, women and children, many moons ago. They had metal buckles which clamped down in the front to be easier to put on and off OVER your regular shoes. Having grown up before the middle of the last century I just realized I have not seen them in many, many years because these days, the boots I see are either pull-on or tied with laces, Velcro, snaps, etc. and many do not fit over regular shoes. Nobody pronounced the "c" so it sounded like "artix" and they even came in a high heeled model for ladies. Sometimes we don't realize how old we really are but after looking them up on line, I think they are now extinct. After cleaning out my mom's house in 1996, I must have tossed away over a dozen pairs in various sizes. Perhaps they are now priceless antiques, as am I.

Driving over the underpass

On Howard Ave.


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Good solution

When the topography allows a pedestrian underpass, much less noticeable and distracting then a bridge.

 
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