Harbor Freeway in Los Angeles, California, 1956

Summary

Few American cities embraced the automobile like Los Angeles. The southern California metropolis opened the first of its many limited-access freeways in 1940. Work on the Harbor Freeway, seen here, began in the early 1950s. Now designated Interstate 110, this freeway connects the downtown area with the Port of Los Angeles to the south, and with Pasadena to the northeast.

Few American cities embraced the automobile like Los Angeles. The southern California metropolis opened the first of its many limited-access freeways in 1940. Work on the Harbor Freeway, seen here, began in the early 1950s. Now designated Interstate 110, this freeway connects the downtown area with the Port of Los Angeles to the south, and with Pasadena to the northeast.

Artifact

Postcard

Date Made

1956

Creators

Curt Teich & Co. 

Thomas, Frank J., 1916-1993 

Western Publishing & Novelty Company 

Place of Creation

United States, California, Los Angeles 

United States, Illinois, Chicago 

Creator Notes

Photographed by Frank J. Thomas for the Western Publishing & Novelty Company, Los Angeles, California; published by Curt Teich & Company, Chicago, Illinois.

 On Exhibit

By Request in the Benson Ford Research Center

Object ID

87.9.4.2

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford. Gift of Cynthia R. Miller.

Material

Paper (Fiber product)

Color

Multicolored

Dimensions

Height: 3.438 in

Width: 5.438 in

Inscriptions

Text on back: HARBOR FREEWAY, LOOKING NORTH FROM SIXTH STREET, / LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA Printed on back side edge: L-71 Western Publishing & Novelty Co. Los Angeles, California Printed on back middle: Natural Color Reproduction CURTEICHCOLOR (R) Art-Creation.

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