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"In 1903, Henry Ford started making cars. His Model T , the 'Tin Lizzie', appeared in 1908. It did more than any other car of that day to to put America on wheels... Only the hardiest [drivers] ventured beyond city limits - the pioneer at the wheel faced speed traps and the hostility of the farmer whose horses he scared."

"Cities barred the smelly, clanking, new-fangled contraption from their quiet parks, limited their speed , and proposed that they be proceeded by a man with a warning flag by day and a red lantern by night."

"Teamsters, their horses frightened by the noise of the automobile, swore at it. Livery stable proprietors refused it a roof. When an automobile broke down, which was more often than not, crowds jeered the hapless operator. 'Get a horse!' became the common cry."

Facts about American car ownership in the 1920s can be read here...

     


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The First Fifty-Years Behind the Wheel (Pathfinder Magazine, 1952)

The First Fifty-Years Behind the Wheel (Pathfinder Magazine, 1952)

The First Fifty-Years Behind the Wheel (Pathfinder Magazine, 1952)

The First Fifty-Years Behind the Wheel (Pathfinder Magazine, 1952)

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