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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • VINTAGE ALASKA, c. 1920s

Near Newark: 1939

Near Newark: 1939

April 1939. "Highway. New Jersey, near Newark." Medium format negative by Arthur Rothstein for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

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Tar strips

I can feel them now bump-bump-bump.......
geezer

[Technically, those are control joints, sometimes called expansion joints. - tterrace]

Sigh

If only any road in New Jersey were so empty now.

Programmatic architecture?

That's the term I recall for roadside commercial buildings shaped like pigs, elephants, coffee pots, etc. That sort of thing peaked in the 20s and 30s. What is the roofline to the left of the Mobilgas signs, anyway? Not a gable, hip, mansard or gambrel, I'd say.

Also, it's interesting seeing photos of four-lane highways before they became common, and before some engineer hit on the idea of dashed lane lines to save on materials during the war.

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