A streetcar fan’s photo album is a window opening on the vanished workaday beauty of Downtown
. . . and the birth of the railroad revolution in America. A mystery solved.
Light rail was an attractive, economical, and environmentally sound technology— until the auto companies crushed it. That, at any rate, is what a lot of people believe, and now the nation is spending billions to re-create an imaginary past.
What it was like to be young and in the front lines when Europe mounted an assault on Detroit with small, snarling, irresistible machines that changed the way we drove and thought
Bill Mitchell’s imaginings brought you the cars of Detroit’s ultimate classic era
When American cars ruled the world
What you owe your car (ending the tyranny of the horse is only the beginning of it)
When Henry Adams sought the medieval world in an automobile, this stuffiest of prophets became the first American to sing of the liberating force later celebrated by Jack Kerouac and the Beach Boys
The nation’s first transcontinental motor route can still be experienced in all its obsolescent charm.
You’ve probably never heard of them, but these ten people changed your life. Each of them is a big reason why your world today is so different from anyone’s world in 1954
The Greatest American Car Ever Made? “It’s a Duesy”
THE PICTURE IS MORE HEARTENING THAN ALL THE LITTLE ONES
Fifty years ago the builders of the Pennsylvania Turnpike completed America’s first superhighway—and helped determine the shape of travel to come
The urge to move documents as fast as possible has always been a national pre-occupation, because it has always been a necessity. Fax and Federal Express are just the latest among many innovations for getting the message across.
Wherever you go in search of history, there’s a good chance the first thing you reach for will be a road map. And road maps have a history too.
A trackside album of celebrities from the days when the world went by train
A lot of people still remember how great it was to ride in the old Pullmans, how curiously regal to have a simple, well-cooked meal in the dining car. Those memories are perfectly accurate—and that lost pleasure holds a lesson for us that extends beyond mere nostalgia.
Magnificently impractical and obsolete almost as soon as they were built, the cable lines briefly dominated urban transportation throughout the country
The Normandie has been gone since World War II, but many people still remember her as the most beautiful passenger liner ever built. It is the saddest of ironies that she fled her native France to seek safety in New York Harbor.
The Apotheosis of the Motor Coach
The Queen Mary in Peace and War
How the Philadelphia waterworks became a potent symbol of our lost belief that nature and technology could live together in harmony
A Chapter From Our Past
What it was like for the first travelers
Mile for mile, it cost more in dollars—and lives—than any railroad ever built
The U.S. Post Office, 1775-1974
Carl Fisher thought Americans should be able to drive across their country, but it took a decade and a world war to finish his road