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  ABOUT THIS SITE

BUILDING IT


PLANNING AND CONSTRUCTION
Planning a Highway Among Highways
Map of the Proposed Highway System, 1948

Building It—Fast
Handmade Sign, “The Turnpike Must Be Done November ‘51”

Technological Challenges
Photographs and Press Releases, 1950-1952

Turnpike Hype
The Cities Service Oil Co. and Asphalt Institute Movies, Early 1950s

DESIGN AND PROMOTION
The Promise of a New Driving Experience
1950s Turnpike Promotional Literature

“Streamlined Moderne”
The Modern Face of the Turnpike in 1950s and 1960s Brochures, Postcards, and Souvenirs

CHOICES AND CONSEQUENCES
Elizabeth’s Struggle
Newspaper Coverage, 1949-1951

Turnpike Construction Divides a City
Color Postcard of Elizabeth, 1950s

Citizens Fight Back
Newspaper Coverage of Proposed Expansion through East Brunswick, 1971-1972

TAKE A DETOUR
Take a Detour . . . to the Meadowlands
Where the Turnpike and Phragmites Meet, and the Environment Suffers


DRIVING IT


CARS AND ROADS
Put the Pedal to the Metal
Photograph of the Model T, 1908

Made in New Jersey
Photos of New Jersey Vehicles, 1910s

Really Bad Roads
Images of Early Roads, 1910s

Bicyclists Fight for Better Roads
Illustrated Handbook for Cyclists, 1896

The First Turnpike Age
Tollgate Sign, Early 1800s

The New Turnpike Age
Souvenirs, Mid-20th Century

BEEP BEEP, HONK HONK
Traffic, Traffic, and More Traffic
General Motors and Cities Service Oil Co. Movies, Early 1950s

What’s Under That Smooth Ride?
Cross Section of the Roadway Foundation and Pavement, 1951

“Soar Along at 60:" The New Jersey Turnpike and Speed
1950s Souvenir

CATERING TO THE CAR
Gassing Up, On the Go
Photograph, “Service Area,” 1951

Howard Johnson’s
Advertisement, "Calling all Appetites!" 1950s

"We Can’t Afford to Stand Still”
Photographs of Extensions, 1955-1956

Technology to the Rescue
Movie Excerpts, “Traveling Smart: High Tech Traffic Management on the New Jersey Turnpike,” 1994

VOICES FROM THE ROAD
Perspectives on Racial Profiling
People’s Opinions on the Issue

More Than Just a Road: Drivers Talk About What the Turnpike Means to Them
Correspondence from Turnpike Motorists

TAKE A DETOUR
Take a Detour . . . to the 1950s
Driving, Then and Now


TELLING IT


STORIES FROM THE FRONT LINES
A Product of Its Time
Toll Collector’s Jacket, 1960s

Slow Going
Clipping about the First Toll in 1951

Up Front and Personal
1952 Photograph and 1960 Poem

Duck Crossing
“Rocky” Sorrentino Audio Interview, 1999

Keeping Up Appearances
Howard Johnson’s Advertisement, 1950s

Fifties Services
Cities Service Oil Co. Movie, 1953

DANGER AND DIFFICULTIES
The First Fatality
Memorial to Harry Laderman, Late 1960s

Out on the Road
A Maintenance Crew at Work, 1970s

On Patrol
New Jersey State Police Class Photograph, 1947

Tractor-Trailer Down
“Rocky” Sorrentino Audio Interview, 1999

TALES OF THE TIES THAT BIND
Digging—for Lunch
John Cook Audio Interview, 1999

Ralph Mercurio’s Retirement Gift
Personal Mementos, 1976

The Picnic
Snapshot, 1950s

Batter Up!
Pike Interchange Sports Coverage, 1960s

For All the World to See
Group Photograph and Ribbon, 1991

“Spuds” Creates a Community
John Hechler’s Stuffed Animal, 1980s


TAKE A DETOUR
Take a Detour . . . to the Stars
Telling About It—in Song

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