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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • NORTH TUSCANY COAST, 1948

Freeway to Another World: 1965

Freeway to Another World: 1965

This shot always made me think of Chesley Bonestell's science-fiction planetary paintings, or else the Night on Bald Mountain section of Fantasia. It's July 1965, on a brand-spanking new section of Interstate 5 about, oh, I'd say eleven miles south of Weed, California. That's Black Butte, a sort of offspring of nearby Mt. Shasta. Kodachrome slide. View full size.

Now vs Then...

Other than some new concrete, and new reflective signage (which now says Weed is 2 miles close), nothing much has changed. Although, unlike this dull Google Maps screengrab, I will say there is nothing like the rich colors and hues of 1960s Kodachrome!

http://goo.gl/maps/z0EEW

Memories of '66

I love seeing this photo! Eleven months later, we were in that exact spot, on our way from Oceanside, California, to Dad's next duty station of Fort Knox, Kentucky. No, that wasn't the most direct route to Kentucky. We went by way of Washington, where both of my parents are from. Dad had just returned, safely, from his first tour of duty in Vietnam. Other than there being a heat wave across the country, it was a great trip that I would love to take again, now!

Wallpaper perfect!

I think i finally found the perfect desktop wallpaper. Thank you!

Close Encounters of the Third Kind

Roy Neary (Dryfus): "I know this sounds crazy, but ever since yesterday on the road, I've been seeing this shape. Shaving cream, pillows... I know this! I know what this is! This means something. This is important."

I know that road!!

Wow, that could have been taken from my car window over many years. We lived in Klamath Falls, Orgeon and regularly drove to Yuba City California to see my grandmother. I know *exactly* where this sign is on that road..

wonderful picture!!

 
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