Plastic Auto Top Is Removable (Apr, 1946)
What good is the rear spotlight going to do if you can’t see out the back and the side mirrors are the size of lollipops?
Plastic Auto Top Is Removable
Tradition is disregarded in a custom-built automobile body designed by Raymond Loewy and equipped with a transparent plastic top for the driver’s seat which can be removed for warm weather motoring. Built on a standard 1942 Lincoln Zephyr chassis, the body is six inches lower than conventional cars. Blue glass portholes are fitted into the rear dome, and a plastic shield—hinged to the top—can be lowered between front and rear seats. A rear spotlight aids in backing up.
DON’T CHOKE ME JUST GIVE ME A HOT SHOT (Nov, 1931)
Alrighty then…. moving on.
DON’T CHOKE ME. JUST GIVE ME A HOT SHOT
Amazing electrical invention starts car, truck or tractor motor without choke. Saves plenty gas, oil. More speed. HOT SHOT sparks BLUE if ignition O. K.—RED if faulty. Draws big crowds. Sells on sight. 30,000,000 prospects. 100% profit at $1.50. Gold mine for agents. “$25 a day easy,” says Akeman. “Rush 500 HOT SHOTS,” says Klint. “Send 200 more,” say Berg-Williams. “We want exclusive.” “Never saw anything to beat it.” “My first winner.” Selling like wildfire. Your best bet part time – full time.
FREE Sample Offer. Act QUICK. Reardon Mfg. Co., Dept.V-ll, Peoria, Ill.
Steamer Carries a Mile of Cars (May, 1929)
This seemed to me like an early, less efficient predecessor to modern containerized shipping. The obvious disadvantages are that you have to carry the whole train cars, they don’t stack well and you can’t put them on a truck. It turns out that if you look at the origins section of the Wikipedia page for containerization, they mention this company, Seatrain Lines (which went bankrupt in 1981).
These ships could carry 95 train cars. For comparison a modern Ultra Large Container Vessel can carry 15,000 containers with a capacity similar to a train car.
Steamer Carries a Mile of Cars
Loaded Freight Train, Hoisted Aboard by a Mammoth Crane, Is Swallowed by Ocean Ferryboat
A LOADED train almost a mile long disappears into the hold of a monster ocean ferryboat, two thirds the size of the liner Mauretania, which recently began operating between New Orleans, La., and Havana, Cuba. The freight cars, hauled to the dock alongside the Seatrain, as the vessel is called, are picked up in cradles by a giant crane and lowered into the hold.
MARMON 34 (Apr, 1918)
I’d never heard of the Marmon Car Company before seeing this ad. I really hope their catalog was called “The Book of Marmon”.
The new 4-Door Sedan is a practical family car for all seasons. In pleasant weather the lowered windows give the effect of an open car; when raised on stormy days, they shut out all discomforts. This serviceable model is in full accord with the utilitarian spirit of today.
1100 pounds lighter
NORDYKE & MARMON COMPANY
“Mention the Geographic—It identifies you.”
Cars Use Trackless Bridge (Jan, 1937)
I’m not really sure what the deal here was, but I doubt that the engineers “overlooked” the street car rails. That’s generally the kind of thing one thinks about when building a new bridge. The Wikipedia entry mentions rails for “tram service” but I’m not sure if that’s the same thing.
Cars Use Trackless Bridge
AFTER designing and building of the famous harbor bridge at Sidney, Australia, had been completed engineers realized that they had overlooked the installation of street car rails. As a result one of the city’s important lines was severed and to lay tracks over the completed bridge would have been next to the impossible. An English engineering firm in Liverpool was called on to solve the problem and as a result service has been restored through the use of motorized “trolley trailers.”