Vintage Carolina ---Road Photos Prior to the Internet Explosion 

Since about the mid-1990s the Internet has been the catalyst in the explosion of road related photography and websites throughout the United States.  Vintage Carolina showcases road photography done before 1995, when the Internet boom began.  It is a great way to look at roads and times of past before gribblenation, before aaroads, and the Internet.  If you have road photography from 1995 and earlier that you would like to include in this collection, please e-mail me .

Overheads for US 74/220/1 on US 220 South; Rockingham.  Photo Taken by Michael Summa; 1994.  These small overheads consist of the outline style US shields that were used on NC Guide Signs during the 1960s and 70s.  These overheads still exist today.  US 74 is now Business US 74.
BGS for US 701 / 'TO' US 13 (Exit 343) on I40 West; Newton Grove.  Photo taken by Michael Summa; 1990.  1990 was the year that I-40 was completed from Raleigh to Wilmington.  The stretch of I-40 east of I-95 was the last part of the new freeway to open.
South NC 11/ West NC 24 / North NC 50/ South NC 903 shields; Kenansville.  Photo taken by Michael Summa, 1990.  In 2000, NC 24 was moved off this alignment onto a new bypass south and east of the town.  In 2002, the bypass was completed to the north and east of town moving NC 11 and NC 903 onto the new alignment.  NC 50 still runs through both Warsaw and Kenansville.  NC 24 has been renamed NC 24 Business.  I am not sure if NC 11 or 903 have business routes in Kenansville.


Welcome to North Carolina Sign on US 52 South; Surry County just north of Mt. Airy.  Photo taken by Michael Summa; 1989.


South Interstate 95 North Carolina / South US 301 Cutout; Lumberton.  Photo taken by Michael Summa, 1976.  This night time shot was taken just south of the NC 211 Interchange.  It includes an original I-95 NC shield and a US 301 Cutout that was standard for the state during that era.  The few older overhead signs and BGS's that remain today in North Carolina use the same US Shield on them.
Black on White Distance Signs US 301 at SR 1421 (Upchurch Road); Elm City.  These White Signs of Carolina were very commonplace at crossroads.  Many are still posted today; however, in some parts of the state, these signs unique to North Carolina are nowhere to be found.
A whole complex of shields including US 401/ NC 87/ US 301/ NC 210/ NC 24/ and TO I-95 NC; Fayetteville.  Photo taken by Michael Summa, 1976.  Until 1982, I-95 was incomplete from Exit 56 to Exit 38.  Traffic was routed onto US 301 (Today's Business 95).  The route was not shielded as 'TEMPORARY' like I-85 between Lexington and High Point.  Rather 'TO' shields existed to route motorists back onto the Interstate.  In the late 1990's NC 87 was rerouted onto a Freeway link from I-95 to Bragg Boulevard.  NC 24/210 still remains.


Hillsborough St. (NC 54) at the Raleigh Beltline (US 1).  Photo taken by Warren Calloway, 1964.  Photo contributed by Craig Zeni.  This photo was taken from the Beltline overpass of Hillsborough St. and dual railroad tracks.  This is looking towards the NC State Fairgrounds.  In the upper right hand corner of the photo, there is a US 1 and cutout NC 54 shield.  

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