Dashboard Rack Holds Road Map (Nov, 1950)

It’s just like GPS, except you have no idea where on the map you actually are.

Dashboard Rack Holds Road Map

Mounted on the dashboard, a plastic-covered map holder provides the driver with a ready reference while driving over strange roads. Two concealed bulbs in the top of the device illuminate the map without glare. The light cord plugs into any cigarette-lighter socket. A sliding plastic legs, mounted on a swivel so it can be used by either the driver or passenger, enlarges any portion of the map, providing a large, clear view of the details. The mounting arms hook into the defroster openings at the base of the windshield.

8 comments
  1. Hirudinea says: July 29, 20118:38 am

    50′s GPS?

  2. Michael, N5RLR says: July 29, 20118:57 am

    “Maps: Helping mankind to navigate for years.” :P

  3. Civicbynature says: July 29, 20111:17 pm

    This just gave me a killer idea for a steampunkish project idea. A gps module controlling a crosshair attached to 2servos for x and y over laying a roadmap. Perfect digital to analog gps navigator steampunk style. What do ya think?

  4. M.S.W. says: July 29, 20111:46 pm

    Your idea for a steampunkish GPS “Civicbynature” sounds alot like the location system used in the Bridge of the Nautilus in the movie “The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen”.

  5. lwatcdr says: July 30, 20117:57 pm

    Actually you could use a roller map for the Y and and a servo for the X.

  6. Mike says: July 30, 20118:04 pm

    Those early devices were called “WSD”, Wife Screaming Directions.

  7. Neil Russell says: July 31, 201111:08 am

    To be a GPS it just needs a big pin you can move occasionally that reads “You Are Here”

  8. Omar Madureira says: November 9, 20112:10 pm

    The astrolabe permitted precise location and navigation in the XIV and XV centuries. It was introduced in Europe by arabs.

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