Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Cadillac Road Trip in 1947

Saw a scrapbook at the auction today. A young teenager's view of a drive from New York to California in 1947. The route was across Pennsylvania on the Turnpike, through the heartland to Salt Lake City. Then they went through Indian Country and stopped at a dude ranch. Their trip finished in San Francisco. He kept reciepts, post cards and permits, pretty much everything from the trip. It was interesting to see tourist travel well documented. Here are a few auto related highlights.

From these pics it seems there was a lot of tire trouble. High heat, heavy load and long miles must have killed those shitty bias ply tires. Thank God Michelin invented radials.

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