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Old September 24th, 2012, 09:40 PM   #521
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San Francisco 1957
Looks like some sort of testing ground. That is quite an incline even for San Francisco!
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Old September 25th, 2012, 04:15 AM   #522
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Circa 1954, I don't know the location. Maybe California?
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Old September 25th, 2012, 01:10 PM   #523
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Looks like the Hollywood Freeway:

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Old September 25th, 2012, 02:56 PM   #524
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I think you're right

Here some pics of truckstops in the USA

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Old September 25th, 2012, 05:18 PM   #525
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Orange County, Harbour Blvd, 1963
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Old September 25th, 2012, 06:48 PM   #526
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Well motorway photos from England won't be that historic as the first didn't open until 1958!

This isn't a motorway although it was later proposed to become one!

Its Hanger Lane in the 50s whilst being widened!

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Old September 25th, 2012, 06:50 PM   #527
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Is there a particular reason why the British motorway network developed one to two decades later than in other industrialized countries? The Netherlands already realized one sixth of its motorway network by 1958.
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Old September 25th, 2012, 07:07 PM   #528
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(..)This isn't a motorway although it was later proposed to become one!

Its Hanger Lane in the 50s whilst being widened!(..)
However, this stretch of Hanger Lane (part of A406 and North Circular) looks very motorway-ish currently.
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Old September 25th, 2012, 09:01 PM   #529
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New York, 1936
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Old September 25th, 2012, 09:11 PM   #530
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Cool pic´s from the States! Some of them really got a feeling to them!

Here´s an nice, old aerial over the city motorway (national route 40) through the town of Borås, not far from Gothenburg, Sweden.
From the 1960´s I would guess?

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Old September 25th, 2012, 09:16 PM   #531
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Is there a particular reason why the British motorway network developed one to two decades later than in other industrialized countries? The Netherlands already realized one sixth of its motorway network by 1958.
Interesting question. Obviously Britain was disrupted and impoverished by two world wars which can explain why developments were later than the USA, but that doesn't explain being later than the Netherlands.
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Old September 26th, 2012, 10:23 AM   #532
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Is there a particular reason why the British motorway network developed one to two decades later than in other industrialized countries? The Netherlands already realized one sixth of its motorway network by 1958.
They want to keep the reputation to be the biggest outdoor museum in the world.
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Old October 7th, 2012, 12:50 PM   #533
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Is there a particular reason why the British motorway network developed one to two decades later than in other industrialized countries? The Netherlands already realized one sixth of its motorway network by 1958.
Lots of reasons, but basically all boils down to us being a retarded nation that somehow thinks a country can remain highly developed without continued investment in infrastructure.

The motorway near me was first planned in the 1930s, but not as a motorway, just as a high standard divided highway with at-grade junctions. Unfortunately, the eastern section of the road was open or under construction at the time they decided the new road should be a motorway as late as 1968. The sections that were planned, built and opened as motorway have required little improvement over the years, as they were built properly in the first place. However, the sections that were built before this decision was made, and at a time when the planners did not seem to know what they wanted, required upgrading shortly after opening, and after all that extra investment remain the worst parts of the road and still non-motorway. The non-motorway part of the road is probably about 8km in length. One section opened in 1965, then another bit opened in 1968, and another bit opened in 1970. Then in 1973 they grade separated a junction linking the 1968 and 1970 built sections, in 1979 the junction linking the 1965 and 1968 built sections got grade separated, and in 1980 the 1968 and 1970 built sections were widened by 50-100%. Then in 1985 a junction on the 1965 built section was grade separated. The end result was around 17 years of almost continuous roadworks on a brand new road so that improvements could take place. Meanwhile, the bits that opened as motorway as early as 1975 are perfectly fine to this day.

The moral of the story is to design and build the road properly in the first place, to build the road to a high enough standard at the start rather than building a road that, as a result of cheap, low standard design, will become congested straight after opening.
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Old October 8th, 2012, 07:57 PM   #534
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Even today, the infrastructure in the UK is a lot to be desired for, even though widening takes place in the worst areas. But the M1 from London to Leeds passes through some of the major city's in the UK, making it a very busy motorway, with little alternatives. Also, the UK could be doing with more east-west links. North of London, there is not much choice, apart from a very busy dual carriageway called the A14, which functions as a trunk road for freight between the ports of Harwich and Felixstowe, and a even more busy M62, which almost guarantees congestion in the Leeds area. Traveling from Norfolk and Suffolk to Derbyshire is a major nightmare. You either have to drop down to the A14, which is a long way round, or use the same amount of time to put up with single carriageways and roundabouts.
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Old October 20th, 2012, 03:47 PM   #535
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Trieste, 1971

Viale XX Settembre (now pedestrian)


Piazza della Borsa


Via Giosuè Carducci


Verona, 1971
Those signs were abolished with the new highway code in 1992




Padova, 1971
Another road sign that doesn't exist anymore


Milan, 1972

Central Station


Piazzale Loreto






Strada senza uscita = cul de sac
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Monza, 1973








Apecars Piaggio were the most popular mean of transport for every kind of goods back in those years.

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Old October 20th, 2012, 06:00 PM   #536
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The yellow car.
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Old October 21st, 2012, 02:49 PM   #537
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In Spain we used the same font for directional signage, and also that "give way" sign with the word "Stop" on it. There are some of them left.
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Old October 21st, 2012, 05:19 PM   #538
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That wasn't a simple give way sign, it was actually a stop sign.
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Old October 21st, 2012, 06:52 PM   #539
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Somewhere in Pamporovo Ski Resort, Bulgaria (1960's):




A gas station near Pravets, Bulgaria (1960's):




Downtown Sofia, Bulgaria (circa 1905):




Downtown Sofia, Bulgaria (late 1920's):




Downtown Sofia, Bulgaria (1930's):




Downtown Sofia, Bulgaria (early 1940's):




Downtown Sofia, Bulgaria (1950's):




Downtown Sofia, Bulgaria (1960's):




Downtown Sofia, Bulgaria (1970's):




Downtown Sofia, Bulgaria (late 1970's):




Downtown Sofia, Bulgaria (1980's):




An ad from 1968 of cars made in Bulgaria:

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That wasn't a simple give way sign, it was actually a stop sign.
That's true. I still can remember some of them. It had been used in Poland until 1983 and then, the shape was transformed to the currently used octagonal sign. The new sign was widely commented within all adults I knew and some of my colleagues back then.

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An ad from 1968 of cars made in Bulgaria:

I was not aware that Fiat 850 was built in Bulgaria. I always thought it was imported to Poland from Yugoslavija as Zastavas were.
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