Los Angeles traffic jam in the post-war 1940s

(March 15, 2023) If you think the horrific modern rush hour traffic in cities across the country is a new phenomenon, perhaps no more than a half century old — think again.

Check out this rush hour traffic in Los Angeles from the late 1940s. USC's Digital Library, owner of the photo, notes that it was taken at 5 p.m. on the Arroyo Seco Parkway, and thanks to a few landmarks, including the sign for Adobe Street, it 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 slowed cars down enough to get a good look at them. How many cars can you identify?

Source: Hemmings Motor News