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Vintage photos of:
October 1964. U.S. 101 above Sausalito, Calif., the Waldo Grade approach to the Golden Gate Bridge. Similarities after 44 years: same number of traffic lanes. Differences after 44 years: many more cars, but none of them have fins. My color slide with Montgomery Ward brand film. View full size.
Summer 1967. Just think how much more exciting this shot of my mother, father and brother enjoying a Kodachrome vista of the Sierra Nevada would be if, instead of our sedate 1966 Rambler, we had a red 1960 Chevy wagon. View full size.
January 1964. Just up ahead around the bend this roadway, then part of US 99, the major northern highway access to Los Angeles, is today submerged under Pyramid Lake. Traffic was rerouted to Interstate 5 in 1968 when construction of the dam was begun. My color slide on Montgomery Ward film. View full size.
Service Station at 420 Rhode Island Avenue, N.W. (southwest corner of intersection of Rhode Island & New Jersey). Same location as Texaco Station in 1925. There are currenty two service stations at this intersection: the aerial photo in the comments of the Texaco Station in 1925 posting is the station across the street (southeast corner).
Rowhouses on the east side of the 4700 block of 8th Street N.W., Washington D.C.: 2008. For "then and now" comparison with same block in 1923, soon after being built. Note the aerial photo currently in the comments of the 1923 photo is of the west side of 4600 block of 8th (4700 block is between Crittenden and Decatur).
Service Station at Georgia and Upshur Avenues NW, Washington DC; 2008. Location of the Minute Service Station #2 in 1926. Surprisingly, it appears that the pumps are in the same location 80+ years later. Let's hope they have actually replaced the underground tanks along the way.