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Vintage Motor Car Advertising

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In 1900, some 76,000,000 people lived in the United States. A vast majority lived on farms, where 18,000,000 horses and mules aided their efforts. As for automobiles, over the broad landscape that is America, less than 4,000 could be found.

Motoring beckoned only the brave. Road maps were nonexistent. On venturing beyond the city limits, the automobilist tried to follow a railroad or telegraph line to the next town. Rural roads often proved to...
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Overview

In 1900, some 76,000,000 people lived in the United States. A vast majority lived on farms, where 18,000,000 horses and mules aided their efforts. As for automobiles, over the broad landscape that is America, less than 4,000 could be found.

Motoring beckoned only the brave. Road maps were nonexistent. On venturing beyond the city limits, the automobilist tried to follow a railroad or telegraph line to the next town. Rural roads often proved to be the motorist's nemesis. If he escaped the mud, some vexatious mechanical difficulty usually managed to engulf him. Horses bolted at his approach. Bicyclists fumed. Anxious mothers, on hearing the motorist head down Main Street, snatched their young form the curbstone.

But groups of intrepid men, and a few women, persisted in driving. Despite bad roads, unsafe bridges, uncertain mechanisms, these adventurous Americans coaxed their cars into countless villages and hamlets that rarely attracted outsiders.

The American automobile grew out of a need for adequate personal transportation. During the first half of the twentieth century, more than 1,500 different makes of automobiles have grown out of minds and hands of American investors. The years from 1910 to 1920 were especially active in the automobile industry. Many ideas were proposed. Some were accepted. Countless others never came to pass.

Vintage Motor Car Advertising contains a sampling of old-time automobile advertising that appeared in magazines and other publications during the first three decades of the twentieth century. Some of the automobile manufacturers of this time period were Ford, Chevrolet, Reo, Oldsmobile, Packard, Pierce-Arrow, rambler, Buick, Hudson, Studebaker, Pullman, Garford, Winton, White and Lion. There were many, many more.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780892183333
  • Publisher: Camelot Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 1/28/2001
  • Pages: 96

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