Note: This is an edited repost from earlier with a few edits. I never tire of looking at how travel was in the old days. Gravel roads? I wouldn’t miss them even if I did remember them...)
Sepia Scenes is a great meme where we can add the subtle sepia as we imagine the past
I have posted much about Grandpa. He was brilliant, but in West Virginia in 1916, eighth-grade was probably a milestone - the end of his formal education.
However, he learned by doing. If not geography in a classroom setting, how about getting in the car, family in tow, and traveling around the USA to learn about the country? Grandpa photographed signs to show that he actually had been there...
I like seeing new sites, even if they are local. The term 'flyover country' indicates the way to get places today.
In the real old days, to get home from Denver to Ohio, you may have passed through Kansas in a car without A/C on a dusty US 24 in part. The top view is from 1937 I guess, my father about ten (note the camera). Below, it is dad and Aunt Terry, and it is 1947. I would guess that this is US 40 East at the Maryland-Delaware line (17.18 miles per this source), maybe aiming toward the Villers favorite vacation spot, Atlantic City.
Sepia seems to tone down the glare from the original B-W prints, and the antique look seems to add to the ambience and mystique of the past. Follow the nice sepia edits at Mary's meme!