Sweetwater County, Wyoming
Spring Green, Wisconsin
Los Angeles, California
Pine Bluff, Nebraska/Wyoming
All photos copyright Carol M. Highsmith‘s America Project, Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division.
Thank you for bringing more of Americana to us. Long live our Nation!
Outstanding stuff! Thanks for sharing her work, more of which I need to check out.
I meant to hold this one til I put in the link. I’ll try to add it shortly.
The rest of them I get, but could someone please explain the giant eyeball?
Too creepy for my tastes…
I always figure if we can’t understand it, it must be ‘art’. A lot of work, and quite skilled, but like Roger says – creepy.
The same giant eyeball (I assume, how many giant eyeballs are there anyway) was in display in downtown Chicago a couple years ago just north of the Harold Washington Library.
(Random CC fact that will only interest me and perhaps our Chicago cohort: I still remember where I was when I heard Harold Washington died. I was listening to the radio in my mom’s 1981 Century, powder blue with dark blue vinyl top and cloth interior. Last of the RWD GM G bodies.)
Even as a native Dallasite, I can’t explain the eyeball. It’s ‘art’.
I’m dealing with a sty right now so my eyeball feels like that one looks.
Thank you for sharing this ! .
I have traveled America coast to coast and still have much to see, I am never disappointed .
Attached is a typical photo taken out side the L.A.P.D. Facility where I retired from last year, I rarely take photos that are any good, this one I love .
I really like that row of shotgun style houses. Hoping I can manage to downsize to something like that in the near future; or perhaps a little cabin in the woods. Of course I’d want a Rambler, Dart, or Ranchero (I’m more a truck guy) parked in the dirt drive that leads to it. Yeah, I want to get back to a simpler life. Gotta keep the InterWeb though, so that I can continue reading CC.
I think those are roadside cabins from the pre-Interstate days.
Correct, except for the plastic chairs, in fact, the same chairs are shown in the Austin shot. J P Cavanaugh’s recent restoration project is a more likely original outdoor seating accommodation. The early motorist cabins are at the National Automobile and Truck Museum in Auburn; 2016.
Thanks for the comments re the eyeball. I’m glad to know it wasn’t just me it was confusing!
I guess we will have to go with an art project.
Not to my taste but you know what they say (and of course I’m going to say it)
“Beauty is in the eye of the beholder”
A little Google research tells me she’s shooting digital (mostly Phase One medium format cameras), but boy do these look like they were shot with Kodachrome.
Kodachrome is no longer being made, and I think I read there’s only one lab still processing the remaining rolls aficionados have hoarded. So it’s good so see that the Kodachrome look lives on in the digital age.
Love these photos of what the USA still is if you look for it. It’s easy to see! Get off the interstate highways and start exploring the vast, prior network of the older US Highway system. My wife and I did so, seven or eight years ago, to avoid a highway pileup and discovered US 17 along the Atlantic seaboard. We fell in love with it, and every vacation now we pick a state to visit and drive the older highways that display America rather than bypass it.
Best vacations we’ve ever had, and the possibilities are almost endless. Toss in the decommissioned routes that had their own long history, such as US 99 in California/Oregon/Washington, or the immortal Route 66 and you never will want for something to do or somewhere to go.
That truck stop in Pine Bluffs, Wyoming straddles the border with Nebraska. It appears to be on the old alignment of US 30, which was rerouted years ago onto I-80 to bypass downtown. It’s even older than US 30, as the section of road it’s on is part of the ORIGINAL Lincoln Highway – the USA’s first trans-continental route from around 1921. Looks rather wanting for customers now.
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