Parking lot jammed by transit strike
June 20, 1955: Parking lot attendant Billy Funkhouser “gives up” as Sue Diane Blanke asks him to get her car out of lot jammed by extra cars during transit strike.
After 2,300 Los Angeles Transit Lines streetcar and bus employees went on strike, the June 21, 1955, Los Angeles Times reported:
Traffic, thy name was jam yesterday, especially in the downtown area, as the Los Angeles Transit Lines were idled by strike.
Dep. Police Chief Harold Sullivan, in charge of the Traffic Bureau, estimated that an additional 100,000 automobiles were added to the normal downtown vehicular crush .…
Sullivan said traffic to downtown was up about 40%. With this increase in automobiles the usually grim parking problem became almost hopeless for thousands.
Entrances to downtown parking lots often were blocked by queues of motorists waiting their turns and these lines of idled cars disrupted traffic on most streets in the downtown area.
Almost choked by automobiles that are usually left home in garages by would-be riders, the lots were hard put to find room for the vehicles of later-arriving shoppers ….
And as the above photo by Bill Murphy illustrates, woe to the car owner who tried to leave early.
This photo by retired staff photographer Bill Murphy was published in the June 21, 1955, Los Angeles Times.
February 4, 2014, 8:53 am
Observing the overacting by the parking lot attendant, this looks suspiciously like a staged photo.
Add a comment or a question.
If you are under 13 years of age you may read this message board, but you may not participate. Here are the full legal terms you agree to by using this comment form.
Comments are moderated, and will not appear until they've been approved.
MOST POPULAR POSTS
SITES WE LIKE
- A Photo A Day
- A Photo Editor
- Bombay Flying Club
- California is a place
- Denver Post
- Interactive Narratives
- Multimedia Muse
- National Geographic