DRJTBC Film Archive Is A Window Into Depression-Era Traffic And Infrastructure

The Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission (DRJTBC) announced that it unearthed some long-forgotten film depictions of its early facilities and operations during the recent transfer of its executive offices to a new building. The silent, black-and-white movies dating from the 1930s are being digitized and uploaded for public viewing on YouTube. The latest release includes footage of the Northampton Street Toll-Supported Bridge — still in use and now undergoing rehabilitation — that provides insight into Depression-era traffic congestion in Easton, PA, and Phillipsburg, NJ. Other sections of the film record traffic census work, bridge construction and a 1936 dedication ceremony. DRJTBC’s news release includes historical context for the film’s images.