It seems that traffic jams are not a development, which was caused by the advent of the National System of Interstate Highways. Traffic in and around cities and highly populated areas had been congested even before use of the automobile became common. Ten years after it became an accepted form of transportation, the streets and highways around most any metropolis were clogged during rush hour. At this same time the Saturday Evening Post coined a term for it: the traffic jam.
The photo above, circa early thirties, shows a number of cars caught in a traffic slowdown at an unknown location. That is all except for the lone Model “A” Ford seen heading in complete freedom in the opposite direction. Many of the cars are easily recognizable, but we will leave the fun of identifying all of them to our readers. Please do tell us what you see along with where you believe the photograph might have been taken.
And finally for a bit of interesting reading over the weekend about the history of traffic, take a few moments to check in at the Cabinet to read an article titled: Blocking all lanes. There you will learn about one of the earliest traffic controls measures taken which occurred in London, England during 1722 on the London Bridge. Photo courtesy of the Benjamin Ames Collection. Many more traffic jam related photos can be seen here on The Old Motor.