SHORPY Historic Photo Archive & Fine-Art Prints
The Shorpy Archive
9000+ fine-art prints suitable for framing. Desk-size to sofa-size and larger, on archival paper or canvas.
Join and Share

Support Shorpy

Shorpy is funded by you. Help by purchasing a print or contributing. Learn more.

Social Shorpy


Join our mailing list (enter email):

Member Photos

Photos submitted by Shorpy members.

Colorized Photos

Colorized photos submitted by members.

About the Photos

Our holdings include hundreds of glass and film negatives/transparencies that we've scanned ourselves; in addition, many other photos on this site were extracted from reference images (high-resolution tiffs) in the Library of Congress research archive. (To query the database click here.) They are adjusted, restored and reworked by your webmaster in accordance with his aesthetic sensibilities before being downsized and turned into the jpegs you see here. All of these images (including "derivative works") are protected by copyright laws of the United States and other jurisdictions and may not be sold, reproduced or otherwise used for commercial purposes without permission.

© 2019 SHORPY INC.

[REV 25-NOV-2014]

JUMP TO PAGE   100  >  200  >  300  >  400  >  500  >  600

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.

On Shorpy:
Today's Top 5
To stay online without a paywall or a lot of pop-up ads, Shorpy needs your help. (Our server rental alone is $3,000 a year.) You can contribute by becoming a Patron, or by purchasing a print from the Shorpy Archive. Or both! Read more about our 2019 pledge drive here. Our last word on the subject is: Thanks!

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!

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!!

SHORPY OLD PHOTO ARCHIVE | History in HD is a vintage photo archive featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1960s. (Available as fine-art prints from the Shorpy Archive.) The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

Syndicate content RSS | Contact Us | Privacy Policy | Photo Use | © 2019 Shorpy Inc.