Every year since 1946, the US Government has produced a book of statistics detailing many aspects of federal and state interactions with road transportation. As I was pulling data from these books, it struck me that the covers of the various editions of the text are, themselves, an interesting microcosm of what was important and relevant to road transportation across time.
In this post, I’ve added a slide show of all of the covers of “Highway Statistics” that I could find (1946-1991, 1994-2006). I’ll try to add the missing ones from the 90’s (the historical archive server appears to be flaky as I’m writing this). After 2006, FHWA stopped producing “Highway Statistics” as a book (individual chapters are available as PDF, XLS, and HTML), but there’s no corresponding cover art that I can find.
Some of these covers also contain people’s names and other handwritten notes. I think this is kind neat. I’m also adding the cover description (usually from the third page of the book) to each image.
Public Roads Administration: Federal Works Agency
Bureau of Public Roads: US Department of Commerce
Bureau of Public Roads: Federal Highway Administration: US Department of Transportation
Federal Highway Administration: US Department of Transportation