Roads and highways
Excellent period film from the beginning of the 20th century which shows the variety of problems the pioneering motorists had to deal with in terms of starting their car, negotiating obstacles on the road and then travelling over poor, muddy tracks.
Film showing the problems that early drivers had because of the very poor state of the roads in the early part of ther 20th century.
A brief travelogue featuring Old Route 66 -the most famous historical road in the US.
Informative documentary showing how transport officials in New York City in the early 1940s try and reduce congestion by building better types of roads and using traffic control more effectively. The film contains excellent footage of cars and city streets from the period.
A brief film which shows that while more cars mean more drivers, new roads don't mean better road signs and many of the early drivers struggled to find out where to go.
New Jersey police take to the air in a new initiative to monitor traffic congestion on the ground. For the first time, they can get a broad overview of the major trouble spots and then use the wireless to inform motorists of the worst of the problems.
Film of the opening of the second level of the George Washington Bridge which links New Jersey and New York City. The bridge now has 14 lanes which makes it the busiest road bridge in the world.
Another highway dream is realised as the Virginia Bay bridge is opened and effectively completes the last continuous road link along the eastern seaboard.
Film of the opening of the huge Oakland Bay bridge in Northern California -the largest road bridge in the world.
Film of the opening of the Firth of Forth road bridge in Scotland which links Edinburgh with the Kingdom of Fife. The bridge had been a dream for many decades and is finally opened by the Queen. The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh are also the first people to be driven over the bridge, watched by huge crowds.