Early efforts at controlling traffic in American cities crowded with automobiles, trucks, streetcars, and pedestrians
United States USA Date:1925 Duration:1 min 20 sec Sound:NO SOUND
Automobiles, pedestrians, and street cars, attempt to negotiate the completely uncontrolled intersection of South Broadway and 7th Street in Los Angeles, California, in the early to mid 1920s. Bank of Italy (later the Bank of America) occupies the northeast corner of the S Broadway and 7th Street intersection. Scene shifts to New York City where a mounted police officer controls traffic at a busy intersection. He stops traffic in one direction, allowing crowds of pedestrians to cross and cars and street cars to proceed in other direction. In a quieter city, cars are parked in center of roadway and along curbs. pedestrians move on sidewalks and traffic moves easily. In a major city, Police officer stands in center of street and stops traffic for very large group of school children waiting to cross. They all run across when he gives them the OK. At another location, a policeman is posted at an intersection with a signal device to indicate "Stop" and "go." Scene shifts to an intersection in city of Detroit, with "Stop" and "Go" signal at corner. A woman crossing the street is almost hit by a car, but pulled out of its way, by a Detroit City Policemen posted in the center of the street. In another town, a policeman is seen in an elevated post at center of a street, with "Stop" and "go" signals under his control. Sign at front of the post reads: "Drive Safely Walk Right." Truck (with cyclist hitching a ride on the tailgate) proceeds with other vehicles on the "go" signal.
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