Show Random March 27, 2011
100 Years of Hitting the Road

Hard to believe sometimes that cars have been an integral part of our society for 100 years now. All our lives we've either been riding in cars, dodging cars, shopping for cars, or watching car ads on TV.

Popular Science, which is always good for releasing periodic archives from their almost 140 year history, posted this awesome old photo spread this week. Behold, auto advertising from almost a century ago!

Okay, Popsci will be the first to admit that sometimes they get their future predictions wrong. Like this one from 1924, when they guessed that by 1950, cars would only have three wheels, and look like they'd been squashed between two trains.

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Speaking of being squashed by a train, did people actually make it a habit to drive in front of oncoming locomotives? This editorial makes it seem like it was an everyday occurrence.

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A lot of cars back in the day were open-topped. For a few bucks, you could protect yourself from road dust and look like a member of the KKK at the same time! Something tells me this fashion didn't take off.

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And I love their advice on what to do with old automobile tires. Use them to lift cows! Or cage babies!

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