Vintage Snapshots: Traffic Across America In The Early ’70s

Some months ago I shared an image gallery showing rather heavy traffic in the 1970s. On that occasion, I sensed I unintendedly brought up too many ‘stuck in traffic’ memories to our readers. Not quite what I intended… so I’ll give it a different spin this time.

So, for this series, I made sure to pick images with moving traffic. As always, the fun in these is to compare today’s locations with the past, particularly for those familiar with the sites. The images come from the Documerica Project of the National Archives, and have been slightly color-corrected. The lead pic is in Las Vegas (where else?), taken in 1972.

Main Street, Moab, UT, 1972.

I-676, Philadelphia, PA, 1973.

H-1 Freeway, Honolulu, HI, 1973.

Rifle, Garfield County, CO, 1973.

C1 Highway, East Boston, MA, 1973.

H-1 Freeway, Honolulu, HI, 1973.

East Boston, MA, 1973.