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September 2, 2017

Traffic on Arroyo Seco parkway at 05:00, Los Angeles, 1948

Think your rush hour traffic is bad? Check out this rush hour traffic from Los Angeles from the Forties. USC’s Digital Library, where we came across the photo, notes that it was taken at 5:00 p.m. on the Arroyo Seco Parkway, and thanks to a few landmarks, including the sign for Adobe Street, we see that this is right before the Hill Street interchange, with Chavez Ravine (what would later become Dodgers Stadium) on the left.

But this rush hour traffic is also good, because it slows the cars down enough for us to get a good look at them. What do you see here?

(Image: USC’s Digital Library, via Hemmings Daily)


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