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Alaska Highway Postcards: Real Photo AZO, 1943-44



An Explorer's Guide to the Alaska Highway

    This set of 42 postcards was the most successful of early postcard series, at least partly because of the high quality. The stamp box on the reverse of all of the postcards in this large set show that they are real photos, printed on Eastman Kodak silver chloride paper known as AZO paper - this stamp box design was used until 1949.

    Click on each image to greatly enlarge it and see both sides of the postcard.


Alaska Highway postcard, 1943-44
#1 - View along the new Alaska Highway through Canada's wilderness.
Built by a welcome army of U. S. soldiers.
Permission Wartime Information Board.

Alaska Highway postcard, 1943-44
#2 - View along the new Alaska Highway through Canada's wilderness.
Built by a welcome army of U. S. soldiers.
Permission Wartime Information Board.

Alaska Highway postcard, 1943-44
#3 - Along the Alaska Highway through Canada's wilderness.
Built by a welcome army of U. S. soldiers.
Permission Wartime Information Board.

Alaska Highway postcard, 1943-44
#4 - View along the Alaska Highway through Canada's wilderness.
Built by a welcome army of U. S. soldiers.
Permission Wartime Information Board.

Alaska Highway postcard, 1943-44
#5 - Heavy duty grader on section of the Alaska Highway skirting a mountain lake.
Permission of Public Roads Administration.

Alaska Highway postcard, 1943-44
#7 - Looking across Sugar Lake on the route of the Alaska Highway.
Permission of Public Roads Administration.

Alaska Highway postcard, 1943-44
#8 - Clearing the way for the new Alaska Highway.
Canadian timber was a pushover for powerful tractors.
Permission of Public Roads Administration.

Alaska Highway postcard, 1943-44
#9 - Sunset near the new Alaska Highway.
Permission of Public Roads Administration.

Alaska Highway postcard, 1943-44
#10 - Looking upstream at the Peace River which is crossed by the Alaska Highway.
Permission of Public Roads Administration.

Alaska Highway postcard, 1943-44
#12 - Chopping permanent ice uncovered in August on the Alaska Highway. Melting of such ice when the insulating cover is removed is one of the problems solved.
Permission of Public Roads Administration. FWA.

Alaska Highway postcard, 1943-44
#13 - Map of the Alaska Highway. Prepared by Public Roads Administration, Federal Works Agency.

The differences between the road system in 1943 and today in the north are quite dramatic. Among the many changes: Highway 16 now runs from Prince Rupert to the Alberta border through Prince George; the Stewart-Cassiar now connects Highway 16 to the Alaska Highway; the Hart Highway now runs from Prince George to Dawson Creek; Highway 40 now connects Jasper to the north; the South Klondike Highway has replaced the railway between Whitehorse and Skagway; and the George Parks Highway parallels the Alaska Railroad between Fairbanks and Anchorage.

Alaska Highway postcard, 1943-44
#14 - Scene along the Alaska Highway through Canada's wilderness.
Built by a welcome army of U. S. soldiers.
Permission Wartime Information Board.

Alaska Highway postcard, 1943-44
#15 - Along the Alaska Highway through Canada's wilderness.
Built by a welcome army of U. S. soldiers.
Pontoon bridge allowed traffic while semi-permanent one is completed.
Permission Wartime Information Board.

Alaska Highway postcard, 1943-44
#17 - View along the Alaska Highway through Canada's wilderness.
Built by a welcome army of U. S. soldiers.
Permission Wartime Information Board.

Alaska Highway postcard, 1943-44
#18 - Best Wishes, Neighbor.
The Alaska Highway.
Built by a welcome army of U. S. soldiers.
Copyright Canadian Post Card Co., Toronto.

Alaska Highway postcard, 1943-44
#32 - Army carry-all making good time on the packed snow on the Alaska Highway near Morley Bay, Dawson Peaks in distance.
Public Roads Administration, FWA.

Alaska Highway postcard, 1943-44
#34 - Truck about to descend one of the steepest grades on the Alaska Highway, this will be eliminated.
Public Roads Administration, FWA.

Alaska Highway postcard, 1943-44
#35 - Army trucks crossing the frozen surface of the White River on the Alaska Highway.
Public Roads Administration, FWA.

Alaska Highway postcard, 1943-44
#36 - Army trucks moving freight west of the White River on the Alaska Highway.
Public Roads Administration, FWA.

Alaska Highway postcard, 1943-44
#42 - The midnight sun, Yukon. Photo made at 15 minute intervals.
As seen from the Alaska Highway.