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The automobile did not come into being in a flash of one man's inspiration. To the Daimler is usually accorded the honor of being the first motor car, but there are many who dispute the claim. One thing is certain: the first self-propelled wheeled vehicle was a steam car and there were many of them before the Daimler.
Ford Motor History
The Model T is a legend. It created a long series of stories, jokes and in its day, even some broken arms. It gave the words flivver, jalopy, and tin lizzie permanent place in the American language and it "put America on wheels."
Oldsmobile History
Oldsmobile - from the Gay Nineties until today and still going strong, a life span that just about covers the history of the automobile in America, a charter member of the largest car producing corporation in the world, a name that takes memories back to what our grandfathers call "the good old days."
Peugeot History
MASTERS of delicacy and deftness in society, proponents of the M subtle and suave in foods, exponents of the graceful and intricate in the arts; all of these typical French qualities somehow were transformed into engineering and found their way into the first important French car the Peugeot.
The Stanley Steamer
Water and fire. These are the ingredients of one of the simplest power recipes that mankind has ever devised. Use the fire to heat the water to a boil. Wrap enough equipment around the entire arrangement to contain it, and channel the resulting steam. See that the expanding steam pushes something. You have an engine!
Bugatti History
Can the complex combination of nuts, bolts, pipes, wires, rubber, and assorted odd shapes and blocks of metal that form an automobile ever be completely the work of one man? Is it possible for one mind to conceive and execute such an involved machine?
Cadillac History
ON THE BANKS Of the Gironde River in southwest France stand the ruins of a fourteenth-century fortress, which once dominated the people of the valley and controlled the river traffic. In its time the castle was a symbol of the prestige and power wielded by the medieval aristocracy.
Locomobile History
The open fields and neat villages of Long Island echoed to the thunder of roaring engines. From Mineola, through Jericho, and a half-dozen tiny hamlets along the dusty roads, the cars hammered by with flaming exhausts and a shower of stones spun back by the spinning rear tires.
Mercedes History
A GERMAN CAR NAMED by an Austro-Hungarian in France, and with a girl's name at that! Mercedes is a Spanish name. It means "mercies," but the sleek powerful speedsters have never shown any mercy, singular or plural, toward a competitor on the race course.
Packard History
IT is sad to have to use the famous Packard slogan in the past tense, I for at one time "Ask The Man Who Owns One" stood for one of the finest American automobiles. From 1899, when the firm began its life, it produced a continuing line of cars that represented the best quality possible.
Pierce-Arrow History
Build a car and get in on the ground floor of the automobile busi- ness." At the turn of the century, that thought was in the minds of many men in many industries. It was the transportation of the future, a chance for a financial empire, and a new field for inventors.
Alfa-Romeo History
With burnished helmets gleaming in the sunlight the invincible Roman legions stormed northward out of Italy. Led by Julius Caesar they secured most of Europe by the first century B.C. and the triumphant Roman eagle became the symbol of leadership.
Citroen History
Ask an average mechanically minded American what he would want a modern automobile to be like and the list of specifications would, no doubt, extend for many pages. It would contain ideas that cancelled each other, like the precision cornering of a European sports car with the soft comfortable ride of an American limousine.
Duesenberg History
IMAGINE a car that combines the luxury, style elegance, and mechanical precision of a Rolls-Royce with the amazing acceleration and blinding speed of a Bugatti. Don't think too hard, just remember the phrase, "It's a Doozy!"
Lincoln History
It usually takes about thirty years for a car to become a collector's item but the old Lincoln Continental was sought after from the moment the model was discontinued in 1948. Most classics are renowned for ageless elegance, unique construction, and superior performance.
Mercer History
Trenton, New Jersey, has many claims to history. It was settled in 1680, served as the focal point for one of the important battles of the Revolutionary War, and even housed Congress for a while. George Washington made his famous crossing of the Delaware only eight miles above this city which became the capital of New Jersey.
Stutz History
When the checkered flag dropped at the end of the Indianapolis 500-mile race in 1911 it was a Marmon that took the prize. One by one the other cars followed, and in eleventh place came a brand new machine. Just built, barely tested, it ran its first race without a pit stop except for fuel and tires.
Chrysler History
In the midst of the roaring twenties two giants strode confidently across the land. With many years behind them they had grown to great size and their influence was felt in many fields. The General Motors Corporation had attained its stature by accumulating a stable of fine cars and subsidiary supply organizations, and Henry Ford's brilliant mass-production techniques raised the Ford Motor Company to great heights. It did not seem as though economic room existed for a third major corporation.
Cord History
We all dream and when we wake up we realize that our dreams were not real. The automobile industry dreams also, and almost every year we see a dream car exhibited - a fabulous machine with devices from the realm of science fiction.
Ferrari History
Just as an American youngster may want to be a baseball player or a movie star, his Italian counterpart may look to automobile racing or opera singing as the glamour professions. The red blooded young Italian boy grows up dreaming of becoming another Tazio Nuvolari or Enrico Caruso.
Jeep History
In popular songs, romantic novels, Hollywood movies, when young lovers first meet it is a moment of destiny. For no accountable reason, other than the necessity of the plot, they are "made for each other." This is a great romantic myth of our century and young people go forth into the world waiting for the'soundless peal of bells and the invisible burst of light that will tell them they have met their "one and only."
MG History
In 1947 the roads of America began to be invaded by a little car that seemed a throwback to the days of the 1920's. It was a small, square two-seater mounted on large wire wheels, and looked, in comparison to the huge American machines, like a vintage classic being taken out for its bi-annual airing.
America Is A Gambling Land
Americans lose between twenty and thirty billion dollars a year in bets, lotteries, and games of chance. We gamble for money, and we gamble for the hell of it. We roll dice for any and everything, including which of two heirs, as stipulated by a California will, shall inherit a valuable ring, or whether we or the bartender will pay for drinks.
In the Beginning, Hubbub
Primitive man, with a decision to make or a dilemma to resolve, sought to know the will of his gods by divining. The witch doctor, the Magus, the priest, the private di viner shuffled or tossed arrows, sticks, cards, bones, or dice, twisted his body, and indulged in any behavior believed useful to presage the future, propitiate luck, or win supernatural counsel.
The Colonists Dishonor God
Not all our early settlers were God-fearing, Sabbathrespecting citizens. Some were desperate characters who had previously earned their living playing cards in London. Some were aristocrats who had lost position and fortune at Continental gaming tables.
Lottery Fever
The American colonies were floated on lotteries. In 1612 King James I granted permission for a lottery "in special favor for the present plantation of English Col onies in Virainia." Royalty, nobility, -entry, and commoners purchased tickets and the vestryman of a London church agreed "to adventure six pounds to the profitte of our church stocke in the lottery for the plantation of Vergenya, and what benefit shall happen shall be for the good of our church."
Hanging Lanterns
IN spite of the trend toward wall lights and floor and table lamps, the pendent lantern holds its own as a useful decorative aid to the illumination of the home.
Wall Lights
WITH the development in recent years of modern ideas in room lighting, wall-lights have increased in importance, from the point of view both of use and of decoration.
Portal Lights
PORTAL lights, those hospitable lanterns devised to hang from brackets over entrance door or gateway, have been for some time receiving renewed appreciation for either outside or inside service.
Yorkshire Chairs
THE influence of Tudor and Norman architecture in country homes-and perhaps also in city apartment houses which in their style hark back to those ages-has brought out of the obscurity of the past a charming type of chair known as the Yorkshire.
American Pottery
THE making of fine pottery in America has seen a distinct acceleration during the last few years; so that today American-made pottery has achieved an important place as a feature of household decoration.
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