A number of similar surviving images containing views of traffic in large cities were taken for street and highway departments to document traffic patterns for later study in an effort to ease congestion. This photo according to source materials was photographed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, at the intersection of Broad and Poplar Streets in mid-afternoon on July 18, 1953.
If enough time is taken to study this picture, an interesting detail included in it will be noticed. The vast majority of the automobiles on Broad Street are postwar, and Ben J. Franks’ Used Car lot is visible on the left-hand side of the thoroughfare.
Share with us what you find of interest in the image or can add to the story. The lead photograph is courtesy of PhillyHistory.
Over one-hundred and twenty five other pictures containing traffic jams and congestion can be seen in earlier posts here on The Old Motor.