Whitsun traffic on the Rochester Way

Made:
1950-05-28 in United Kingdom
maker:
John Topham
and
John Topham
and

Whitsun traffic on the Rochester Way A photograph of the Rochester bypass in Kent, showing Whitsun traffic returning from the South-East coast in 1950

A photograph showing Whitsun traffic returning from the South-East coast, taken in May 1950 by John Topham for the Daily Herald. Despite being entitled 'Whitsun Traffic on the Rochester Way', the location has been identified as Farningham Hill, Kent.

Typed inscription on the back of the photograph reads;

DH., Agent., Topham., Sidcup., 28-5-50.

Whitsun Traffic on the Rochester Way. OPS, Scene on the Rochester by pass today at Farningham, Kent, showing traffic retuning from S.E. coast resorts. The first coupon-free-petrol holiday since 1939.

A photograph showing Whitsun traffic returning from the South-East coast, taken in May 1950 by John Topham for the Daily Herald.

Whitsun 1950 was the first coupon-free petrol holiday since 1939. Petrol rationing was introduced in 1939 by the Government, requiring people to exchange coupons as well as money for their fuel.

The Photograph was taken at the bottom of Farningham Hill, where the A20 meets the Dartford Road, the A225. Today there is a roundabout where the central traffic islands stand in the photograph.

Details

Category:
Photographs
Object Number:
1983-5236/12767
type:
photograph
taxonomy:
  • object genre
  • image
credit:
The Daily Herald Collection at the National Media Museum, Bradford

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