Due: June 5, 2015
BACK IN TIME
Automobiles have always been a big part of society since they were first invented in 1885 even for those who could not afford them. The rich who could afford them flaunted them as a showcase of their wealth and the poor watched on in awe as the new machines were paraded on the streets. Like most gadgets, as time went by the car improved so by the time the 1900’s reached, the car as they knew then in the 1880’s had significantly changed, for the better.
The transition from horse carriages in the 1800’s to the horseless carriages in the late 1800’s, that we refer to in modern times as cars or automobiles saw further progressions as the 1900’s came by. By the 1900’s, there were over a hundred different brands of horseless carriages on the market however due to the fact that they were all handmade, production was slow and cars were overly expensive.
In 1901 Mercedes was credited for designing the first modern motorcar in terms of essentials and had a more powerful, lighter horsepower engine which allowed the car to travel at a speed of fifty three miles per hour. By 1908, Henry Ford introduced the famous Model T car and William C Durant founded General Motors ((Foner and Garraty, 1991).
The fact that cars were becoming lighter and more developed it essentially began the first time that eventually led to the revolutionizing of what we perceive cars as today. Furthermore it allowed a more convenient mode of travel where people no long had to go in horse carriages filled with dirt.
The social implications of cars was a way for the upper class to not only be more exclusive but they were now able to travel not only in class but get from point A to point B faster. Those who couldn’t afford them were able to dream a little bit by playing with toy cars.
In terms of movies, 1900 was when British director Cecil Hepworth created a silent film called “Explosion of a Motor Car” where the car prop was exploded. This essentially was on the first times where cars were used in film as a source of entertain. Nowadays cars are also used in movies such as the very successful franchise “The Fast and the Furious”, thanks to earlier movies like that of Cecil Hepworth.
Since cars weren’t mass produced during the 1900’s because of their high cost, cars would essentially be scarce therefore they wouldn’t be many cars on the road, like we have now which means no traffic jams either.
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Bostonchildrensmuseum.org, (2015). The Victorian Era Play (1837-1901) | Collections | Boston Children’s Museum. [online] Available at: http://www.bostonchildrensmuseum.org/exhibits-programs/collections/victorian-era-play-1837-1901 [Accessed 5 Jun. 2015].