Check these out: the unabashed boasting, the soaring
music, the undisguised pride in the completion of the New Jersey Turnpikea
road built for "motoring pleasure." This clip and the one on the next
page are from two movies made about the Turnpike just after it opened.
They were produced by invested parties: Cities Service Oil Co. had the
concession for the first gasoline services on the Turnpike; the Asphalt
Institute had a great interest in the project since asphalt, not concrete,
had been chosen to pave the road. They are an amazing view, not just for
what they show but for their attitude: building the Turnpike is invariably
depicted as a common good and an emblem of modern progress and achievement.