These folks are the subjects of many Alva Day photos, so I suspect they are family members. Here they are touring the Columbia River Highway just west of the Mosier Twin Tunnels. I'm pretty sure the car has a 1926 license plate. The Oregon DMV has a very helpful web page with historic plates which I rely on heavily. In the early years the format changed yearly, so you can frequently get within a few years even without reading the numbers.
Wonder if they might be headed out for a picnic. That big box on the side looks like it might fold out to make a table, with all the things needed in the box.
Sadly, people already were littering our highways....
charlott on 14th November 2012 @ 8:06am
I thought maybe the big box was a container of fish, but I bet you are right Charlott. That side can fold down as a table and all supplies would be on shelves inside.
Alva Day was such a stickler for detail, I almost wonder if he purposely left the litter in the photo.
l.e. on 14th November 2012 @ 8:25am
I think this is my favorite kind of shot: Period machinery, people, and a recognizable view in the background, although i can't quite place where that is exactly.
I think people littered before there were ever highways- the only difference is that everything was biodegradable so it didn't matter as much.
AndrewB on 14th November 2012 @ 10:59am
Great Pic Arthur...I love when we leave the HR valley! It's nice that almost 100% of what's in this photo has not changed the least in 85 years.
Scott Cook on 14th November 2012 @ 11:28am
That overlook is paved now - but it is indeed just a mile west of the tunnels - an overlook with great views after the long climb up from the Hatfield center.Go another 20 yards East and the grade is all downhill through the tunnels.
steve s on 14th November 2012 @ 2:55pm
Here's an interesting link showing official traffic counts on the highway 1921/1922:
Not exactly bumper to bumper, but much more traffic than I would have thought. It looks like summer weekends had 1-2 cars a minute.
Arthur on 27th December 2012 @ 12:21am