|Title||Traffic death thermometer with the Traffic Safety Patrol, drum majorettes and a crowd in Seattle, 1940 |
|Caption||Auto transportation was creating increasing problems in the Seattle area in the 1940s. Highway 99, the principal throughway, drew much traffic into the heart of the city. As the Depression faded and wartime industries began to pick up, thousands of workers had to move in and around by car. Highway improvements became a major concern.|
In this photo, a high school band, Red Cross representatives and city safety officers gather beneath a sign that reports the number of traffic deaths. Three names were recorded by the photographer, probably the drum majorettes in the foreground, as Nancy Hawley, Audrey Allen and Betty Roberts.
|Notes||Signs in image include: Hotel Mayflower.|
Millions agree: You do Go Farther, Signal Gasoline.
Bartell Tea Room, Fine Food.
Ben Paris, Recreation, Sporting Goods.
Aurora US 99.
Traffic [Safety] Patrol, Seattle [...].
Handwritten on negative: Nancy Hawley and Betty Roberts, Traffic Thermometer.
Handwritten on sleeve: TRAFFIC, Seattle, safety, death thermometer.
Date photograph was filed at the Seattle Post-Intelligencer (date of photograph and file date may differ by a month or more): December 8, 1940.
|Subjects||Commercial streets--Washington (State)--Seattle; Business districts--Washington (State)--Seattle; Drum majorettes--Washington (State)--Seattle; Traffic accidents--Washington (State)--Seattle; Death--Washington (State)--Seattle; Measuring--Washington (State)--Seattle; Street lights--Washington (State)--Seattle; Automobiles--Washington (State)--Seattle |
|Places||United States--Washington (State)--Seattle |
|Digital Collection||Museum of History & Industry Photograph Collection |
|Image Number||1986.5.15092.1 |
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|Credit Line||Seattle Post-Intelligencer Collection, Museum of History & Industry, Seattle; All Rights Reserved |
|Repository||Museum of History & Industry, Seattle (MOHAI) |
|Repository Collection||Seattle Post-Intelligencer Collection |
|Physical Description||1 acetate negative: b&w; 4 x 5 in. |
|Digital Reproduction Information||Scanned from original negative as a 3000 pixel TIFF image in 8-bit grayscale, resized to 640 pixels in the longest dimension and compressed into JPEG format using Photoshop 6.0 and its JPEG quality measurement 3. |