Super-Highway System

In September 1960 a south London family received this postcard of Los Angeles Harbor Freeway at night.

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The Freeway was described on the reverse of the card as:

…a vital segment of the fabulous Super-Highway System, connecting all parts of the vast Los Angeles Basin. One of the world’s most heavily traveled highways.

The message on the card read:

How about trying your hand on roads like these? This is a terrific city, very prosperous. Temperature has been 90 degrees today. Had a fine week-end in N. York with J.T. Jr. Sent your love to Mr Midgley and got a picture of him. Went to Chicago for two days to see Bob Bacon. Please excuse scribble.

 

“Manchester is Oppressive”

In September 1962 an unmarried woman received this colourful postcard of Piccadilly Gardens in Manchester from a male friend.

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The message on the reverse of the card read:

Dear Jen,

Here I am in the middle of the Derbyshire Moors, very flat and featureless on top but deep, steep sided valleys are fairly impressive. I came out here for a breath of fresh air, Manchester is oppressive; the top of the moor really is unbelievably flat, and certainly doesn’t reward the climb.

Love Derrick.

Would you recognise this?

In the late 1960s Vi Martin visited Ilford in Essex. She sent a postcard of her trip to Mrs Rockwell. The postcard showed the super-modern shopping parade at the corner of Ilford Broadway, featuring Bettafit Shoes, Lunn Poly travel agents and the exotically French fashion house ‘Maison Riche’.

Bishopsgate_2_3024  On the back of the postcard, Vi wrote:

Would you recognise this as old Ilford Broadway? My sister and I often talk of the old days and compare the shops and roads and traffic. Thought this might interest you. All the best.