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Thursday, September 12, 2013

NOSTALGIA: MOTORING ACROSS OLD AMERICA

 

MOTORING ACROSS OLD AMERICA

 

This rare 1928 Mercedes, unearthed after 60 years sitting in a garage without seeing the light of day, is expected to sell for a staggering £1.5million at auction.

Described as the supercar of its generation, the 'S' Type model was one of the world's fastest vehicles when it rolled off the production line in 1928, easily reaching speeds in excess of 100mph.

And it’s Ferdinand Porsche designed engine and hand crafted chassis made it one of the earliest luxury sports cars ever mass produced. Incredibly despite having been locked away since the 1950s, it still runs perfectly.

Rare find: The unrestored 1928 Mercedes S Type was unearthed after 60 years sitting in a garage

Rare find: The unrestored 1928 Mercedes S Type was unearthed after 60 years sitting in a garage

Nippy: The S-Type model was one of the world's fastest cars when it rolled off the production line in 1928 easily reaching speeds of 100mph

Nippy: The S-Type model was one of the world's fastest cars when it rolled off the production line in 1928 easily reaching speeds of 100mph

It has been owned by the same family from new and experts have hailed the discovery one of the most considerable automotive finds, with unrestored cars of its type extremely rare.

The cobweb clad car - first registered on the roads in May 1928 - is set to go under the hammer at Bonhams’ Goodwood Revival sale on September 15.

Automotive expert, Rupert Banner, said: 'At a time when motor cars in original condition and with impeccable provenance are appreciated more than ever, this one-owner car offers an unrepeatable opportunity for collectors.

Upholstery: The car's untouched interior. It is now going under the hammer at Bonhams' Goodwood Revival sale on September 15

Upholstery: The car's untouched interior. It is now going under the hammer at Bonhams' Goodwood Revival sale on September 15

Find: Experts have hailed the discovery one of the most considerable automotive finds with unrestored cars of this type extremely rare

Find: Experts have hailed the discovery one of the most considerable automotive finds with unrestored cars of this type extremely rare

'It has literally been off the radar. No one knew such an untouched and archaic this old existed. It is an incredible find.'

The unidentified owners grandfather - a pioneering British motorist - was one of the earliest buyers of the Mercedes ‘S’ Type, which sparked mass production due to its popularity.

And according to the cars unworn handbook, it was sold under the order number 38130 and bought from The British Mercedes Ltd in London.

Detail: The unidentified owners grandfather - a pioneering British motorist - was one of the earliest buyers of the Mercedes 'S' Type, which sparked mass production due to its popularity

Detail: The unidentified owners grandfather - a pioneering British motorist - was one of the earliest buyers of the Mercedes 'S' Type, which sparked mass production due to its popularity

The motors dark battleship grey bodywork was crafted by London-based coachbuilders Cadogan Motors.

Described as a time warp, the convertibles original blue upholstery is still intact.

The car re-established Mercedes’ reputation for building fast, luxurious and high quality motorcars.

Serial number: According to the cars unworn handbook, it was sold under the order number 38130 and bought from The British Mercedes Ltd in London

Serial number: According to the cars unworn handbook, it was sold under the order number 38130 and bought from The British Mercedes Ltd in London

Built to last: Incredibly despite havign sat in a garagefor 60 years the Mercedes still runs perfectly

Built to last: Incredibly despite having sat in a garage for 60 years the Mercedes still runs perfectly

A spokesman for Bonhams said: 'This newly discovered 1928 Mercedes-Benz 'S' Type Sports Tourer is almost without precedent.

'Motor cars of this type and age have rarely been in the same family ownership from new.

'It is expected to sell for more than £1.5m.

 

Wrapped around a tree, nose down in a ditch and dangling precariously over water.

Fascinating photos from the 1920s and 30s show the dramatic and tragic side effect of the golden age of American motoring.

The pictures were taken in and around Boston, Massachusetts by Leslie Jones, who was staff photographer at the Boston-Herald Traveler newspaper from 1917 to 1956.

Mr Jones captured everything that happened in the city for five decades and when he died in 1967, his family donated a vast collection of 34,000 prints to the Boston Public Library.

They included these fascinating photos of vintage car wrecks from the great motoring boom.

Motor cars became affordable to the masses for the first time in the 1920s. By the end of the decade a Model T Ford cost $298, just a fraction of the $1,200 it cost in 1909.

The introduction of hire purchase also made it much easier for members of the public to buy cars, and by 1929, 20 per cent of Americans were on the road.

Ford, Chrysler and General Motors were all competing for the boom in business and by the time the depression hit in 1929, Ford was producing more than one car every minute.

Technology meant these early cars were capable of achieving speeds of up to 50 miles per hour - but safety measures were nowhere near as advanced as they are today.

Add in the fact drivers didn't need to pass a test before they got behind the wheel, and it's easy to see why accidents were frequent and often spectacular.

Officers examine a car that has wrapped itself around a tree, spilling its interiors onto the street in Boston in 1933

Officers examine a car that has wrapped itself around a tree, spilling its interiors onto the street in Boston in 1933

Passersby try to figure out how this car ended up nose-down in a trench in Boston's West End. A glance at the rough, dirt-covered road provides a clue

Passersby try to figure out how this car ended up nose-down in a trench in Boston's West End. A glance at the rough, dirt-covered road provides a clue

The scene of an accident in 1935. Information with the photo reveals a car stolen by joyriding children crashed into a lawyer's car, killing him

The scene of an accident in 1935. Information with the photo reveals a car stolen by joyriding children crashed into a lawyer's car, killing him

Giving a rare glimpse of the day's fashion, a group of men look over a crumpled car that sits by the side of a residential Boston street

Giving a rare glimpse of the day's fashion, a group of men look over a crumpled car that sits by the side of a residential Boston street

Crowds pose for photographer Leslie Jones alongside a mangled and burnt out wreck in Boston in 1933

Crowds pose for photographer Leslie Jones alongside a mangled and burnt out wreck in Boston in 1933

A police officer poses next to a car that flipped over manoevring around corner in Roxbury, Massachusetts in 1935.

A police officer poses next to a car that flipped over manoevring around corner in Roxbury, Massachusetts in 1935.

This truck stood no chance when it came into contact with a tree on a rural Mass. road, disintegrating on impact - leaving just the steering wheel intact.

This truck stood no chance when it came into contact with a tree on a rural Mass. road, disintegrating on impact - leaving just the steering wheel intact.

A fireboat struggles to haul a car out of the Fore River in Quincy, Massachusetts in 1933. They succeeded, but couldn't save the three passengers, who drowned

A fireboat struggles to haul a car out of the Fore River in Quincy, Massachusetts in 1933. They succeeded, but couldn't save the three passengers, who drowned

This car came out loser in a battle of wills with a trolley bus on Boston's South End in 1932

This car came out loser in a battle of wills with a trolley bus on Boston's South End in 1932

Children peer out of the undergrowth as photographer Leslie Jones captures a nasty wreck smoulding by the side of the road in Hingham

Children peer out of the undergrowth as photographer Leslie Jones captures a nasty wreck smoulding by the side of the road in Hingham

Crowds watch in awe as a car is winched out of the Charles River in Cambridge, Mass. close to the Harvard University campus

Crowds watch in awe as a car is winched out of the Charles River in Cambridge, Mass in 1933. close to the Harvard University campus

Taken in 1934, this photograph shows a truck balancing on a bridge in Dorchester by just one wheel. Workers from the Walter Baker & Co chocolate factory rushed out of the building in the background to watch

Taken in 1934, this photograph shows a truck balancing on a bridge in Dorchester by just one wheel. Workers from the Walter Baker & Co chocolate factory rushed out of the building in the background to watch

Another angle from the same accident shows how close the truck is from toppling into the water

Another angle from the same accident shows how close the truck is from toppling into the water

This car remarkably survived a collision with a utility pole in Cambridge, Mass - with just a mangled bumper to show for the crash

This car remarkably survived a collision with a utility pole in Cambridge, Mass - with just a mangled bumper to show for the crash

The driver of this car was unlikely to have survived this collision. The wreck is wrapped entirely around a tree, which sits in the driver's position

The driver of this car was unlikely to have survived this collision. The wreck is wrapped entirely around a tree, which sits in the driver's position

The shell of a truck is pulled from the Charles River after it careered off the Harvard Bridge

The shell of a truck is pulled from the Charles River after it careered off the Harvard Bridge

Photographer Leslie Jones had to part crowds of onlookers to capture this accident in downtown Boston. An out of control car collided with a shopfront, smashing windows and ending up on its side

Photographer Leslie Jones had to part crowds of onlookers to capture this accident in downtown Boston. An out of control car collided with a shopfront, smashing windows and ending up on its side

Local businessman Byron Harwood and Byron Grover were hurt when their car collided with a bus in Waltham, Mass. in 1921. They were lucky to survive this nasty looking wreck. Their car certainly didn't

Local businessman Byron Harwood and Byron Grover were hurt when their car collided with a bus in Waltham, Mass. in 1921. They were lucky to survive this nasty looking wreck. Their car certainly didn't

Taken in 1934, this photo shows a car that skidded out of control on ice-covered roads and wrapped around a tree in Auburndale, Mass.

Taken in 1934, this photo shows a car that skidded out of control on ice-covered roads and wrapped around a tree in Auburndale, Mass.

A bus hit a truck and flipped over in south Boston, stopping just before it smashed into a cafeteria storefront

A truck collideded with a bus and flipped over in south Boston, stopping just before it smashed into a cafeteria storefront

Another view of the same accident shows eager children posing with the upturned truck. it also demonstrates how close the vehicles came to nearby buildings

Another view of the same accident shows eager children posing with the upturned truck. it also demonstrates how close the vehicles came to nearby buildings

A Cudahy Packing Co. truck is hauled out of Fort Point Channel, which separates South Boston and downtown Boston

A Cudahy Packing Co. truck is hauled out of Fort Point Channel, which separates South Boston and downtown Boston

Even public servants weren't immune to accidents. An early mail truck came out loser in this battle with a tree on the tree-lined Commercial Avenue, Boston

Even public servants weren't immune to accidents. An early mail truck came out loser in this battle with a tree on the tree-lined Commercial Avenue, Boston

Sitting in a Boston wrecking yard, this cross section of a wreck shows how basic car interiors were in the early days of motoring.

Sitting in a Boston wrecking yard, this cross section of a wreck shows how basic car interiors were in the early days of motoring.

November 11th marks the 85th Anniversary of one of the most famous highways in America, U.S. Route 66. Route 66 opened in 1926 stretching from Chicago to Los Angeles and became a western migration route for people looking for work during the great depression of the 1930′s or to escape the Dust Bowl disaster. Later, it offered vacation getaways and driving adventures until 1985 when it was decommissioned as a federal highway. Facing neglect after its decommissioning, many Route 66 enthusiasts lobbied for the highway to be placed on National Historic Registers and Preservation Lists. Today, portions of the road have been designated National Scenic Byways and some have been renamed Historic Route 66 in an attempt to boost its revival.

Route 66 is stenciled on the old road through an abandoned town in California's Mojave desert 14 July 2003. Route 66 is 2,448 miles (3,939kms) of roadway connecting Chicago to Los Angeles, now used by local traffic, road buffs and nostalgia-minded tourists. For midwestern farmers migrating to California to escape escaping the Dust Bowl in 1930's, the long stretch across the Mojave desert was considered one of the most grueling parts of the trip. (ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images) #

Captured: Route 66

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An old cafe along Route 66 in Litchfield, Illinois, 03 July 2003 sits in disrepair and shut down after business screeched to a halt when Route 66 was bypassed by the high speed Interstate. The road which was the main roadway between Chicago and Los Angeles from 1926 to 1984 was realigned to follow different paths throughout it's history. Towns lobbied hard to have Route 66, "America's Main Street," pass through their town because the huge volume of traffic was a boon to local businesses. (ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images) #

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Cars at "Cadillac Ranch" on historic Route 66 in Amarillo, 06 July 2003. As a tribute to America's relationship with one of it's favorite automobiles, a collective of artists called Ant Farm in 1974 placed 10 Cadillacs, ranging from a 1949 Club Coupe to a 1963 Sedan, in a wheat field located west of Amarillo. Visitors are encouraged to draw or paint on the cars. Cadillac Ranch is a popular stopping off point for tourists on historic Route 66 which stretches from Chicago to Los Angeles. (ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images) #

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A waiter picks up his order from the grill at the Big Texan Steak Ranch in Amarillo, Texas, 06 July 2003. The Big Texan, a 450-seat restaurant, is a Route 66 attraction which does a bustling business, drawing customers with their free 72 ounce steak dinner contest promotion. Anyone who can eat the entire 4.5 lb steak dinner, which includes baked potato, salad, shrimp cocktail and roll within a one-hour time limit gets the dinner for free. But challengers are required to pay the dinner's price of 55 USD in advance, and are refunded the money if they finish the entire dinner within one hour. Approximately 30,000 people have taken the challenge since 1960, with some 4,800 people have succeeded, according to the restaurant. (ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images) #

Captured: Route 66

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A statue of Elvis strikes a pose as a nearby McDonalds restaurant is reflected in the window outside the Polk-A-Dot diner along historic U.S. Route 66 June 12, 2007 in Braidwood, Illinois. The restaurant has been serving travelers along the road since the 1956. Route 66 opened in 1926 stretching from Chicago to Los Angeles and became a western migration route for people looking for work during the great depression of the 1930's or to escape the Dust Bowl disaster. Later it offered vacation getaways and driving adventures until 1985 when it was decommissioned as a federal highway. Due to neglect and commercial development Route 66, the first highway to connect the Midwest with the West Coast, was added to the biennially compiled list of the world's most endangered landmarks by the World Monuments Fund and the National Trust for Historic Preservation's yearly list of the 11 most endangered historic places in America. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images) #

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Modern power lines cross the desert on June 16, 2007 in Daggett, California. Route 66 opened in 1926 stretching from Chicago to Los Angeles and became a western migration route for people looking for work during the great depression of the 1930's or to escape the Dust Bowl disaster. Later it offered vacation getaways and driving adventures until 1985 when it was decommissioned as a federal highway. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images) #

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A Marilyn Monroe statue stands along old Route 66 on June 15, 2007 in Rancho Cucamonga, California. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images) #

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A car makes its way across Route 66, the main street in Atlanta, Illinois, 02 July 2003. Atlanta was once a thriving town bustling with commerce to support Route 66 traffic. But since Route 66 was bypassed by the high-speed interstate, Atlanta, and the small towns like it along 66, are now sleepy and quiet, catering only to the nostalgic-seek Route 66 tourists who eschew the high speed Interstate in favor of the two-lane remnants of 66 which pass through towns like Atlanta. (ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images) #

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The US flag flies near the St. Louis Arch to mark the Independence Day holiday, along historic Route 66, 03 July, 2003, in in St. Louis, Missouri. St. Louis is the first big city after Chicago when traveling west along Route 66. (ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images) #

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Historic Route 66 (R) parallels the divided high-speed highway Interstate 40 (L) near Atlanta, Illinois, 02 July 2003. Atlanta was once a thriving town bustling with commerce to support Route 66 traffic. But since Route 66 was bypassed by the high-speed interstate, Atlanta, and the small towns like it along 66, are now sleepy and quiet, catering only to the nostalgic-seek Route 66 tourists who eschew the high speed Interstate in favor of the two-lane remnants of 66 which pass through towns like Atlanta. (ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images) #

Captured: Route 66

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Signs point the way to various portions of historic Route 66 in Litchfield, Illinois, 03 July 2003. The road which was the main roadway between Chicago and Los Angeles from 1926 to 1984 was realigned to follow different paths throughout its history. Towns lobbied hard to have Route 66, "America's Main Street," pass through their town because the huge volume of traffic was a boon to local businesses. (ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images) #

Captured: Route 66

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An old cafe along Route 66 in Litchfield, Illinois, 03 July, 2003, sits in disrepair after business screeched to a halt when Route 66 was bypassed by the high speed Interstate. The road which was the main roadway between Chicago and Los Angeles from 1926 to 1984 was realigned to follow different paths throughout it's history. Towns lobbied hard to have Route 66, "America's Main Street," pass through their town because the huge volume of traffic was a boon to local businesses. (ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images) #

Captured: Route 66

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A visitor walks up to the Blue Whale, a classic Route 66 landmark and curiosity, in Catoosa, Oklahoma, 04 July 2003. The park closed down long ago and was left to crumble but was recently restored through fundraising efforts. Route 66 travelers bring their children here to visit the whale and recount stories about how they visited the place when they were children themselves. (ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images) #

Captured: Route 66

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The neon sign of the Lincoln Motel is reflected in the windshield of a camper 04 July, 2003, along Route 66 in Chandler, Oklahoma. The Lincoln is a vintage motel in the classic style of the motor courts made popular during the heyday of recreational travel along Route 66 in the late 1930's to the 1970's. The motor court hotels, or motel, allow travelers to park directly in front of their cabin room for easy access to their cars. The meandering Route 66 in this part of Oklahoma has been largely abandoned in favor of the high-speed Interstate 40 but nostalgia-seekers still enjoy the friendly, personalized service one no longer finds in chain hotels along US roadways. (ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images) #

Captured: Route 66

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Once the main thoroughfare between Chicago and Los Angeles, Route 66, as seen 05 July 2003 in Chandler, Oklahoma, is used almost exclusively by local traffic and nostalgia-seekers. Interstate 40 accommodates most long distance traffic. (ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images) #

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Route 66 souvenirs, including imitation road signs, shot glasses, salt and pepper shakers and bells are for sale in a shop along the road in Elk City, OK, 06 July 2003. Kitschy souvenirs of every description can be found in shops large and small along the road, which was America's main artery from Chicago to Los Angeles from 1926 until 1984. Fondly referred to as "America's Main Street," Route 66 is a living timeline of contemporary American history and a throwback to earlier times. (ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images) #

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A car passes the Round Barn, a much loved Route 66 landmark in Arcadia, OK, 05 July 2003. The barn, originally built in 1898, was recently restored. Like many other colorful personalities along Route 66, caretaker Ernest Lee Breger freely showers visitors with stories of his family's history along Route 66 and the heyday of Route 66, as well as the history of round barns around the world. Breer keeps and displays and a comprehensive image gallery of round barns around the world. (ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images) #

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Harley (R) and Annabelle Russell, the self-proclaimed "Mediocre Music Makers" entertain passing Route 66 tourists at their Sandhills Curiosity shop, a former meat store, in the largely deserted main strip of Erick, OK, 06 July 2003. (ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images) #

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A pickup truck drives along Route 66 past the mostly shuttered doors of abandoned businesses in Erick, OK, 06 July 2003. In 1999, the National Route 66 Preservation Bill was passed by Congress and signed into law by US President Bill Clinton. The act provided 10 million USD in matching fund grants for the purpose of preserving or restoring historic properties along the legendary route. (ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images) #

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A lone motorcycle rider travels on historic Route 66 across the western Arizona desert on the approach to Oatman, AZ, 12 July 2003. Route 66, 2,448 miles (3,939 km) of two-lane highway, was once the main artery between Chicago to Los Angeles. Between the early 1970's and 1984 the road was slowly bypassed as Interstate 40 was built. Now remaining sections of 66, including this desolate and winding 50-mile stretch from Kingman, AZ to the California border, still serve local traffic and attract motorcycle riders and tourists in search of classic Americana. (ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images) #

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A man reaches out of his van window to pet a wild burro, 12 July 2003, in the former mining town of Oatman, AZ on Route 66. Oatman transformed itself into a tourist town from a once thriving mining town after the mining was exhausted and Route 66 bypassed by the Interstate. Now the town thrives on tourism, Route 66 travelers, and others who come to see the historic Oatman hotel and the burros, descendants of the mining burros who were let free once mining was ending. (ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images) #

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Cross Country in Color: The Road Trips of Charles W. Cushman, 1938 – 1949

Posted Jun 06, 2012

From the late 1930s to 1969, amateur photographer Charles W. Cushman traveled the country documenting American life and landscapes with color photographs. Upon his death in 1972, he bequeathed his collection of 14,500 Kodachrome color slides to his alma mater, Indiana University, where they remain today. Below are a selection of Cushman’s photos from 1938 to 1949. You can see the entire collection and read more about his life and work on the Indiana University website.

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Sep. 3, 1938 - Sep. 4, 1938: Golden Gate Bridge - Marin End, San Francisco, California #

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Sep. 17, 1938: Street scene. Victoria, B.C. #

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Sep. 18, 1938: City Hall, Victoria, B.C. #

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Sep. 21, 1938 - Sep. 22, 1938: Hwy bridge over Columbia , central Washington #

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Sep. 21, 1938 - Sep. 22, 1938: More of the Columbia from its left bank, Washington #

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Sep. 22, 1938: Grand Coulee Dam under construction, Grand Coulee, Washington #

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Sep. 23, 1938 - Sep. 24, 1938: Looking up Along The Garden Wall, Glacier Park, Montana #

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Sep. 21, 1938: Leaving Rainier National Park on the way up to Chinook Pass, Washington #

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Sep. 23, 1938: Cushman Little old mining town Alberton, Montana #

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Sep. 24, 1938: north end of Flathead Lake, Montana #

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Sep. 17, 1938: A retired Britisker's home at Victoria, B.C. #

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Sep. 29, 1938: North across Midway Geyser Basin & Prismatic Lake in foreground. Excelsior Geyser in distance, Wyoming #

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Feb. 1939: Pre-war Airplane over Miami #

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Mar. 1939: Wofford Hotel Beach Miami Beach #

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Mar. 1939: Jean and Charles on Wofford Beach, Miami Beach, Florida #

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Mar. 1939: South Bay Shore Drive, Miami #

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Mar. 1939: Across Biscayne Bay, from the County Causeway, Miami Skyline #

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Mar. 1939: Star Island in Bay Biscayne Miami, Fla. #

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Mar. 1939: Blimp over Miami Beach, from Million Dollar Pier. #

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May 1939: Road south of Miami, Fla. #

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Oct. 1939: Fall colors at Dune Acres, Ind., looking past tree-covered dune to Lake Michigan #

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Oct. 1939: An October Sunday afternoon along Indiana's Dune Island shore with the Reeds. Jean and Mary. Hank to right. #

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Nov. 1939: Pink Rock below Rim between Yavapai and Yaqui, Arizona #

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Nov. 29, 1939: Looking across Grand Canyon from Yaqui Point, Arizona #

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Dec. 1, 1939: Works of Man and Native vie at Boulder Dam [Hoover Dam], Arizona #

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Dec. 1, 1939: Lake Meade at Sunset from Nevada heights back of Boulder Dam. Fortification Mtn. across the Lake #

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Jan. 1940: San Xavier Mission near Tucson, Arizona #

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Feb. 1940: Flagship Texas at Tucson Airport #

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Feb. 1940: Kangaroo Court along-side the Calaboose, Tucson, Arizona #

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Feb. 1940: Tucson, Saturday Afternoon in February #

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Feb. 1940: Tucson dude ranch, Testing out new saddle horse, Ft Lowell Rd., Tucson, Arizona #

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Feb. 1940: Tall sahuaros in foothills of Santa Catalina Mtns. North of Tucson, Arizona #

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Feb. 1940: Two Mexican boys fly a kite. South, main st. Tucson, Arizona #

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Feb. 23, 1940: Rodeo Parade, Tucson, Arizona #

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Mar. 17, 1940: Palm Sunday procession San Xavier Del Bac Tuscon, Ariz #

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Apr. 1940: Emmet Flynn as old Leather face in Movie "ARIZONA" on the set. Tucson, Arizona #

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Jun. 1940: Fisherman's Wharf San Francisco #

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Jun. 1940: Angel Island, S.F. Bay East Bay Hills #

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Jun. 20, 1940: California's Hills along Morro bay - Atascadero Road in June #

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Jun. 23, 1940 - Jul. 1, 1940: Sunday afternoon Band concert at S.F. Fair. #

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Jul. 4, 1940: Harbor of St. Francis Yacht Club Marina in background San Francisco #

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Jul. 4, 1940: Marina Beach Holiday crowd, Marina Beach, San Francisco, California #

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Jul. 4, 1940: Gayway G.G.I.E. Treasure Island, San Francisco, California #

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Jul. 4, 1940: Telegraph Hill San Francisco #

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Jul. 9, 1940: Lower end, Lake Walker, Nevada #

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Jul. 9, 1940: Tonopah, Nevada #

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Jul. 14, 1940: Hopi Indians. El Torar Hotel, Arizona #

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Jul. 18, 1940 - Jul. 26, 1940: Johnstown, Penn. #

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Jul. 18, 1940: San Jose, New Mexico #

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Jul. 26, 1940: Johnstown, Pa. Children of the Mill. #

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Jul. 26, 1940: Street Shower Hagerstown, Md. #

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Sep. 6, 1940: Drayman Baltimore docks, Maryland #

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Sep. 7, 1940: Georgetown Univ. High Tower, Washington, District of Columbia #

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Sep. 16, 1940 - Sep. 23, 1940: Row of old brick houses, half block from State Capitol, Annapolis #

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Sep. 16, 1940 - Sep. 23, 1940: Hillsboro, Virginia #

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Sep. 27, 1940: Harpers Ferry from Potomac river bridge, Harpers Ferry, West Virginia #

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Oct. 13, 1940 - Oct. 31, 1940: Posey County children. These live near the Ohio river at Mt. Vernon, Indiana #

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Nov. 2, 1940: Summer homes in Indiana's dune country Porter Co. at Lake Michigan #

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Nov. 17, 1940: White House and South Lawn, Washington, District of Columbia #

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Dec. 21, 1940: The Governor's Palace as seen from the Palace Green, in late afternoon, Williamsburg, Virginia #

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Feb. 1, 1941: Factory and mill smoke rise from Harrisburg's industrial valley. Harrisburg, Pennsylvania #

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Feb. 1, 1941: Pennsylvania farm west of Harrisburg #

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Feb, 9, 1941: Chicago's lake front skyline in winter from Northerly Island. Chicago, Illinois #

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Feb. 18, 1941: South Works, Carnegie- Illinois, from [91th] St., Chicago, Illinois #

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Feb. 18, 1941: Scudding mist, Calumet river from 92nd St. Bridge. A cold day, Chicago, Illinois #

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Feb. 19, 1941: Wrigley Bldg. and Tribune Tower Chicago, Chicago, Illinois #

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Mar. 5, 1941: Chicago's loop bldgs. Northeast of board of Trade Tower. Chicago, Illinois #

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Apr. 16, 1941: Proud grandpa watches solo rope skip. New Harmony, Indiana #

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May 24, 1941: Across south part of Country Club grounds. Chicago, Illinois #

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Jun. 6, 1941: South St. Along East River front. New York City. #

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Jun. 6, 1941: Battery Park New York City. #

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Jun. 6, 1941: Wall Street New York, toward Trinity Church. New York, New York #

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Jun. 6, 1941: South Ferry New York. Looking up into Financial District from South Ferry. New York, New York #

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Jun. 17, 1941: Stewardess of American Airlines takes in a tan on Lake Michigan Shore. Chicago, Illinois #

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Jul. 1941: Little Butch and big beach ball. Chicago, Illinois #

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Aug. 2, 1941: The flying concellos hag out their wash back of the Big top. Chicago, Illinois #

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Aug. 21, 1941: Wrigley and Tribune towers from Wacker and Wabash, Chicago, Illinois #

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Aug. 12, 1941: Old Otis home at 1709 Prairie Avenue, Chicago, Illinois #

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Sep. 12, 1941: Rainbow Bridge and American Falls. Niagara. #

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Sep. 13, 1941: South shore, St. Lawrence from 1000 Islands Suspension bridge. #

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Sep. 17, 1941: Thuya Castle Mt. Desert Island, Maine #

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Sep. 18, 1941: Boat harbor at Camden, Maine - late afternoon. #

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Sep. 19, 1941: The old Short House circa 1717-1733 - Newbury Port Mass. #

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Sep. 20, 1941: Boats off Rocky Neck, in Gloucester harbor. Gloucester, Massachusetts #

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Sep. 20, 1941: Gloucester harbor Late Sun afternoon, Gloucester, Massachusetts. #

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Sep. 21, 1941: Faneuil Hall, Boston. #

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Sep. 22, 1941: A wedding party leaves church. Boston's Little Italy. Boston, Massachusetts #

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Sep. 22, 1941: Downtown Boston From Cambridge Bank of Charles River. A Sunday Regatta. Boston, Massachusetts #

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Sep. 23, 1941: Provincetown, Mass. #

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Sep. 27, 1941: An old house in any old anthracite town just south of Hazleton, Pa. #

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Sep. 27, 1941: Manhattan's skyscrapers from Jersey City ferry boat. New York, New York #

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Sep. 27, 1941: Lower East Side Corner Broome St. and Baruch Place. New York, New York #

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Sep. 27, 1941: On New York's lower East Side, Lower Clinton St. New York, New York #

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Nov. 5, 1941: New Orleans River steamer Capitol, New Orleans, Louisiana #

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Nov. 5, 1941: Street in negro section, Vieux Carre #

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Nov. 5, 1941: Vieux Carre New Orleans, Louisiana #

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Nov. 6, 1941: L.S.U. campus, Baton Rouge, Louisiana #

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Oct. 7, 1942: Chinatown. New York, New York #

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Nov. 8, 1942: The Marshall Field Mansion, Chicago, Illinois #

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May 29, 1943: Fox river in Evening sunlight Waukesha, Wisconsin #

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Jun. 21, 1945: Michigan Ave towers from LaSalle - Wacker Bldg, Chicago, Illinois #

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Jun. 23, 1945: Sheila McPeck at 8mo. - laughing. Chicago, Illinois #

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Sep. 11, 1945: Get out and get under-190? Cadillac At Rosenwald Museum. Chicago, Illinois #

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Oct. 13, 1945: Posey county farm house west of St. Philip, Indiana #

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Dec. 6, 1945: Two Steel Corp. ore boats at 100th St. bridge over Calumet river, South Chicago, Illinois #

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Mar. 7, 1946: North side of Sullivan St. 400 block. Chicago, Illinois #

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Apr. 25, 1946: C.B. and Q wreck, Naperville, Illinois #

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Jul. 5, 1946: Old [1872] St. Xavier's Academy 29th and Wabash. Chicago, Illinois #

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Jul. 24, 1946: Oak Street Beach. #

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Oct. 23, 1946: Stripped coal land along Ind. Hwy 63 south of Perrysville, Indiana #

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Nov. 15, 1946: Mary feeds Jackson Park ducks. Chicago, Illinois #

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Jul. 20, 1948: Hyde Park Church of 1895 comes down at 56 and Dorchester. Chicago, Illinois #

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Aug. 5, 1948: Pueblo at Santa Fe exhibit Chicago RR fair. Chicago, Illinois #

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Nov. 17, 1948: Wrigley Bldgs. seen from Mich. and So. Water. Chicago, Illinois #

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Jan. 14, 1949: Enolia Brown and brother Leonard Jr. at window, first floor of 250 W. 23rd St. Chicago, Illinois #

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Jan. 16, 1949: Ruins of fire swept Bldg. at 4600 S. Paulina St. Chicago, Illinois #

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Feb. 11, 1949: Final stage of fire at 9246 Harbor Avenue. Chicago, Illinois #

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Mar. 1, 1949: Food and drink Store at 1000 Maxwell St. Chicago, Illinois #

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Mar. 28, 1949: Confectionary cart at Lexington & Dekalb. Chicago, Illinois #

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Apr. 9, 1949: Rear of 611 Liberty St. Chicago, Illinois #

 

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Feb. 1, 1941: Univ. of Pittsburgh Late evening, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

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The sign outside the 66 Motel in Needles, CA 12 July 2003. (ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images) #

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A swimming pool in the shape of the state of Texas at the motel of the Big Texan Steak Ranch in Amarillo, Texas 06 July 2003. The Big Texan, a 450-seat restaurant, is a Route 66 attraction which does a bustling business, drawing customers with their free 72 ounce steak dinner contest promotion. Anyone who can eat the entire 4.5 lb steak dinner, which includes baked potato, salad, shrimp cocktail and roll within a one-hour time limit gets the dinner for free. But challengers are required to pay the dinner's price of 55 USD in advance, and are refunded the money if they finish the entire dinner within one hour. Approximately 30,000 people have taken the challenge since 1960, with some 4,800 people have succeeded, according to the restaurant. (ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images) #

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Vintage cars set the ambience at the front office of the Wigwam Village on Route 66 in Holbrook, Arizona, 10 July 2003. The rooms, renovated and restored with the original hickory furniture and fixtures from they hotel's heyday in the 1950's and 1960's, attract visits from as far as Europe and Japan to experience this classic example of American roadside kitsch. (ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images) #

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The Route 66 Museum in Clinton, Oklahoma, along Route 66, 05 July 2003. Historic Route 66 passes through eight states from Illinois to California, and every state has made efforts to support and highlight the old in an effort to revitalize the history and capitalize on the tourist trade associated with the historic route. (ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images) #

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A stencil denoting "historic Route 66" decorates the road outside of Kingman, Arizona 12 July 2003. Authorities in the eight states crossed by Route 66 have been involved in efforts to develop tourism along the 2,448 miles (3,939 km) of two-lane highway which once served as the main artery between Chicago and Los Angeles. Between the early 1970's and 1984 the road was slowly bypassed as Interstate 40 was built. Now remaining sections of 66, including this desolate and winding 50-mile stretch from Kingman, AZ to the California border, still serve local traffic and attract motorcycle riders and tourists in search of classic Americana. (ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images) #

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Four-year-old Sarah Mercer of Amarillo, Texas visits "Cadillac Ranch" on historic Route 66 in Amarillo, 06 July 2003. As a tribute to America's relationship with one of its favorite automobiles, a collective of artists called Ant Farm in 1974 placed 10 Cadillacs, ranging from a 1949 Club Coupe to a 1963 Sedan, in a wheat field located west of Amarillo. Cadillac Ranch is a popular stopping off point for tourists on historic Route 66 which stretches from Chicago to Los Angeles. (ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images) #

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A sign advertises land for sale along Route 66 in California's Mojave desert 14 July 2003. Route 66, 2,448 miles (3,939kms) of roadway connecting Chicago to Los Angeles, is now a historic road used by local traffic, road buffs and nostalgia-minded tourists. For midwestern farmers migrating to California to escape escaping the Dust Bowl in 1930's, the long stretch across the Mojave desert was considered one of the most grueling parts of the trip. (ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images) #

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A neon figure is displayed on Santa Monica Boulevard, the historic Route 66, in West Hollywood, California on August 6, 2010. (GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images) #

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A BSNF train makes its way across California's Mojave Desert 14 July 2003. Historic Route 66 follows the train tracks across the desert. Route 66 is 2,448 miles (3,939 km) of roadway connecting Chicago to Los Angeles which in the 1930's offered desperate Midwestern farmers suffering from the Dust Bowl a pathway out of poverty, and after World War II became associated with tourism, affluence and the concept of the American "good life." (ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images) #

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Andrea Pruett, owner of the Bagdad Cafe in the Mojave Desert on Route 66, serves milkshakes 20 November 2006 in Newberry Springs, California. The establishment used in the movie "Bagdad Cafe", about 40 miles west of the original Bagdad site on historic Route 66 outside the town of Newberry Springs, was originally named the Sidewinder Cafe, but after its use as a filming location, was later changed to the Bagdad Cafe. (GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images) #

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The desolate looking area around the Bagdad Cafe in the Mojave Desert on Route 66 is pictured 20 November 2006 in Newberry Springs, California. (GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images) #

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A weed grows through a crack in a closed section of historic U.S. Route 66 June 12, 2007 near Countryside, Illinois. Route 66 opened in 1926 stretching from Chicago to Los Angeles and became a western migration route for people looking for work during the great depression of the 1930's or to escape the Dust Bowl disaster. Later it offered vacation getaways and driving adventures until 1985 when it was decommissioned as a federal highway. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images) #

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Patrons wait in line for ice cream at the Rich & Creamy stand along historic U.S. Route 66 June 12, 2007 in Joliet, Illinois. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images) #

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A sign marks the route through town of historic U.S. Route 66 June 12, 2007 in Joliet, Illinois. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images) #

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A rusting truck is parked by an old drive-inn restaurant along historic U.S. Route 66 June 13, 2007 in Lexington, Illinois. Sections of the old road near the town have been turned into a park and walking and biking trails. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images) #

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The Big Texan Steak Ranch in Amarillo, Texas, 06 July 2003. The Big Texan, a 450-seat restaurant, is a Route 66 attraction which does a bustling business, drawing customers with their free 72 ounce steak dinner contest promotion. (ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images) #

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A traveler passes by new and old power lines along historic U.S. Route 66 June 13, 2007 near Dwight, Illinois. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images) #

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A sign declares an old section of historic U.S. Route 66 closed June 13, 2007 near Dwight, Illinois. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images) #

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An old corn crib stands above a stretch of historic U.S. Route 66 June 13, 2007 near Odell, Illinois. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images) #

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A pre-dawn sky is reflected in the windows of the Sportmans' Club on June 16, 2007 in Daggett, California. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images) #

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A collection of car license plates is displayed on the fence in front of a home on June 16, 2007 in Daggett, California. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images) #

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An old gas station along Route 66 is preserved on June 16, 2007 in Newberry Springs, California. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images) #

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A cat walks past a Route 66 signs at the El Rancho Motel, once a major Route 66 landmark but now in a state of decline, on June 15, 2007 in Barstow, California. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images) #

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The old Daggett Garage is seen on June 16, 2007 in Daggett, California. The building was an auto repair shop until when it became a mess hall for U.S. Army troops guarding railroad bridges during World War II. After the war it was a garage and machine shop until the mid-1980's. It was built in the 1880's in the borax-mining town of Marion, California as a locomotive repair roundhouse. In 1896 it was moved by 20-mule team to the Waterloo Mine south of Calico and finally to Daggett in 1912. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images) #

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A neon figure is displayed on Santa Monica Boulevard, the historic Route 66, in West Hollywood, California on August 6, 2010. (GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images) #

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The Wigwam Motel, built in 1949 on old Route 66, consists of teepee-shaped individual rooms on June 15, 2007 in Rialto, California. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images) #

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More than 100 Irish motorcyclists arrive at the Santa Monica Pier in Santa Monica, California, on October 6, 2010, as part of a 2,448-mile (3940 kilometers) Route 66 ride to raise money for Temple Street Children's Hospital in Dublin, Ireland. (GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images) #

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New housing and shopping mall developers use new Route 66 signs as a marketing theme along old Route 66 on June 15, 2007 in Rancho Cucamonga, California. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images) #

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Aging hotels, many used by long-term residents, are seen along old Route 66 on June 15, 2007 in Barstow, California. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images) #

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Route 66 carries little traffic on June 16, 2007 east of Daggett, California. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images) #

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A car passes "Gemini Giant" a fiberglass spaceman which marks the location of the Launching Pad restaurant along historic U.S. Route 66 June 12, 2007 in Wilmington, Illinois. The restaurant has been serving travelers along the road since the 1960s. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images) #

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A garage stands destroyed along old Route 66 on June 16, 2007 in Ludlow, California. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images) #

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The Desert Market stands near the dilapidated remains of the Stone Hotel, built in 1883, where Death Valley Scotty stayed in 1900 and 1903 and Wyatt Earp reportedly stayed during his travels to mining claims outside of Parker, Arizona, on June 16, 2007 in Daggett, California. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images) #

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A motel stands abandoned on June 16, 2007 in Newberry Springs, California. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images) #

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The El Rancho Motel, once a major Route 66 landmark, has years-long residents and is in a state of decline on June 15, 2007 in Barstow, California. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images) #

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A car passes a burned out building on old Route 66 on June 15, 2007 near Oro Grande, California. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images) #

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New housing and shopping mall developers use new Route 66 signs as a marketing theme along old Route 66 on June 15, 2007 in Rancho Cucamonga, California. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images) #

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The sign on the El Rancho restaurant, a Route 66 landmark, has been turned off and the restaurant converted into a sushi and Asian Barbecue restaurant on June 15, 2007 in Barstow, California. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images) #

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Wigwam Motel, Route 66, Holbrook, Arizona on October 7, 2006. The brain child of Frank Redford. There were originally seven Wigwam Motels. The wigwams have a steel frame covered with wood, felt and canvas under a cement stucco exterior. (Carol M. Highsmith's America, Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division) #

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Rusty Bolt souvenir store, Route 66, Seligman, Arizona on July 4, 2006. (Carol M. Highsmith's America, Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division) #

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Rusty Bolt souvenir store, Route 66, Seligman, Arizona on July 4, 2006. (Carol M. Highsmith's America, Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division) #

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Abandoned cars, Route 66, Arizona on July 4, 2006. (Carol M. Highsmith's America, Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division) #

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Vintage Phillips 66 Gas Station and historic cars, Route 66, Chandler, Oklahoma on October 11, 2006. (Carol M. Highsmith's America, Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division) #

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Historic Cottage Hotel, Route 66, Seligman, Arizona on May 3, 2009. (Carol M. Highsmith's America, Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division) #

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Old gas pumps, Hackberry General Store, Route 66, Hackberry, Arizona on May 3, 2009. (Carol M. Highsmith's America, Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division) #

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"Ice Cold Pop" sign and American flag advertised on Route 66, Seligman, Arizona on May 3, 2009. (Carol M. Highsmith's America, Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division) #

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Chain of Rocks bridge, Route 66, St. Louis, Missouri on September 10, 2009. The bridge is for walking only and is one mile long. (Carol M. Highsmith's America, Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division) #

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Old motel sign, Route 66, Truxton, Arizona on May 3, 2009. (Carol M. Highsmith's America, Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division) #

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Cuba, Missouri is known as the Route 66 Mural City. (Carol M. Highsmith's America, Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division) #

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The largest rocking chair in the world on Route 66 in Fanning, Missouri on September 10, 2009. (Carol M. Highsmith's America, Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division) #

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On Route 66--worlds longest map of Route 66, Meteor City, Arizona photographed on July 4, 2006. (Carol M. Highsmith's America, Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division) #

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Night comes to the El Rancho Motel, once a major Route 66 landmark but now in a state of decline, on June 15, 2007 in Barstow, California. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images) #

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Although collectors of bottles and other items found in the desert have all but gone by the wayside, Elmer Long carries on the tradition with his continual creation of a forest of bottle trees on old Route 66 on June 15, 2007 near Oro Grande, California. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images) #

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An iron fence surrounds the dilapidated Stone Hotel, built in 1883, where Death Valley Scotty stayed in 1900 and 1903 and Wyatt Earp reportedly stayed during his travels to mining claims outside of Parker, Arizona, on June 16, 2007 in Daggett, California. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images) #

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The old California Inspection Station mentioned in John Steinbeck's 1930 book The Grapes of Wrath and used from 1930 to 1953 stands abandoned on June 16, 2007 east of Daggett, California. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images) #

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An old house stands on June 16, 2007 in Daggett, California on Route 66. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images) #

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In this Thursday, May 5, 2011 picture, Angel Delgadillo pedals past his souvenir store and barber shop in Seligman, Ariz. Delgadillo, 84, has witnessed the rise and fall of America's most historic byway and gets credit for helping it rise again as Historic Route 66. Telling his story and the road's has become his life's work. (AP Photo/Matt York) #

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A train that runs along old Route 66 passes a railroad building before dawn on June 16, 2007 in Daggett, California. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images) #

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A colorful sunset takes place over the El Rancho Motel, once a major Route 66 landmark but now in a state of decline, on June 15, 2007 in Barstow, California. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images) #

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In this Thursday, May 5, 2011 picture, tourists walk on Route 66 in Seligman, Ariz. The 84-year-old Angel Delgadillo was the driving force behind the formation of the Historic Route 66 Association of Arizona, which lobbied the state to dedicate U.S. 66 as "Historic Route 66." Highway signs were erected, the association launched an annual "Fun Run" of classic cars, tourists and media began converging and Seligman was reborn. (AP Photo/Matt York) #

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A train that runs along old Route 66 transports military tanks on June 16, 2007 in Daggett, California. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images) #

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A house is abandoned to make way for a new development on old Route 66 on June 15, 2007 in Rancho Cucamonga, California.(Photo by David McNew/Getty Images) #

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A destroyed cafe stands along old Route 66 on June 16, 2007 in Ludlow, California. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images) #

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Aging hotels, many used by long-term residents, are seen along old Route 66 on June 15, 2007 in Barstow, California. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images) #

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A French tourist takes pictures of the Bagdad Cafe on May 29, 2008 in the Mojave Desert on Route 66, in Newberry Springs, California.(GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images) #

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A view of the Bagdad Cafe,is seen on May 29, 2008 in the Mojave Desert on Route 66, in Newberry Springs, California. (GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images) #

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A roller coaster at the Pacific Amusement Park on the historic Santa Monica Pier, which is celebrating it's centennial year in Los Angeles on July 23, 2009. The iconic pier built in 1909 is a major tourist attraction and has been the backdrop for countless Hollywood movies as well as the end of the famous Route 66 highway. Almost destroyed by a pair of violent storms in 1983, it was rebuilt after local residents rallied to save it from demolition. (MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images) #

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Historic Route 66 runs in front of the Munger Moss Motel in Lebanon, Mo., as seen Sept. 5, 2002. The motel, built in 1946, is a favorite stop among the nostalgia lovers of Route 66. (AP Photo/John S. Stewart) #

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A truck travels a portion of U.S. Route 66 east of Galena, Kan., early Wednesday morning, May 28, 2003. Once one of the most famous and traveled highways in America, U.S. Route 66 is a travel route for sight seers and local traffic today. (AP Photo/Mike Gullett) #

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The Route 66 Museum still dwarfs the landscape in Elk City, Okla., Jan. 31, 2006. A flurry of home building, packed hotels, the new cars and trucks cruising the red dirt prairie 110 miles from the nearest metroplex announce a prosperity that hasn't been seen in the western Oklahoma oil patch in nearly 25 years. (AP Photo) #

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Pops Restaurant on Route 66 in Arcadia, Oklahoma on July 19, 2009. This sculptural take on a soda bottle and straw soars 66 ft. into the sky. (Carol M. Highsmith's America, Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division) #

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66 Drive-In Theatre, Route 66, Carthage, Missouri on August 12, 2009. (Carol M. Highsmith's America, Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division) #

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In this Thursday, May 5, 2011 picture, Angel Delgadillo sits in his barber shop in Seligman, Ariz. Delgadillo, 84, has witnessed the rise and fall of America's most historic byway and gets credit for helping it rise again as Historic Route 66. (AP Photo/Matt York) #

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Entrance sign to Hamel, Illinois on Route 66. Hamel is where the two Metro East alignments of Route 66 part ways, the earlier path heading through Edwardsville and Mitchell towards the Chain of Rocks Bridge and the Show Me State. The later corridor heads further south towards Troy and Collinsville before heading into Missouri from East Saint Louis. Title: Entrance sign to Hamel, Illinois, Route 66 on July 22, 2009. (Carol M. Highsmith's America, Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division) #

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Abe Lincoln sits on a wagon on Route 66 in Lincoln, Illinois. Lincoln is a city in Logan County, Lincoln, Illinois, United States, is the only town in the United States named for Abraham Lincoln before he became president; he practiced law there from 1847 to 1859. First settled in the 1830s, Lincoln is home to three colleges and two prisons. Title: Abe Lincoln sits on a wagon, Route 66, Lincoln, Illinois. (Carol M. Highsmith's America, Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division) #

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A sign marks the end of U.S. Route 66 on Jackson Boulevard near the intersection of Michigan Avenue June 12, 2007 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images) #

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