I have no idea when the photo at my grandmothers house first caught my eye, and I don't know where the photo is today. I do know that that picture…
An argument could easily be made that when it comes to transportation we have come full circle. The Good Roads movement that gave rise to the U.S. highway system, including…
The company was reorganized and named after the founder of Fort Detroit, the French explorer La Sieur Antoine de la Mothe Cadillac.
Bicycles were all the rage. For the manufacturers of bicycles, bicycle
parts, and accessories it was a gold rush. In just four years bicycle ownership had increased by an astounding 250% and clubs organized tours that were hundreds of miles in length. The League of American Wheelmen became a powerful political force that lobbied for better roads. Astute businessmen such as Orville and Wilbur Wright were quick to capitalize on the
In the shadows of bicycle mania, a new technological wonder was being prepared for its debut. Ransom E. Olds mused on the advantages of a horseless carriage in an interview published by Scientific American in the 1880’s. In the early 1890’s the Duryea brothers became the first to begin manufacturing these horseless carriages, and Montgomery Ward noted that they were a sight to behold, something that every parent should take the children to see before the fad passed. Barnum & Bailey Circus gave a Duryea Motor Wagon top billing over the bearded lady AND the albino. (more…)
This proved to be a short-lived partnership and in a flurry of lawsuits and stock swaps, Keeton left the company, returned to Detroit, and established the Keeton Motor Car Company for the production of taxicabs in March 1912.
Surprisingly Parmelee was not the only company that initially overlooked the potential in the taxicab business.
In 1897, the Electric Carriage & Wagon Company of Philadelphia built a small fleet of electric taxis that utilized the recently patented taximeter to measure a fares distance and time for a fledgling company in New York City.
When I was a kid there was an advertising campaign that encouraged a generation of Americans to see the USA in your Chevrolet.