London: My how you’ve changed

There’s an Atlantic CityLab article about an exhibit, “A Study of London Panoramas Made 400 Years Apart.” The exhibit pairs 1616 and 2016 views of London. One striking element of change is the number and character of the bridges. ~Thanks to Asha W. Agrawal for this post

Presentation Call: Cars In/Of Culture

A conference on the culture of cars and mobility is looking for presentations from a wide variety of disciplinary perspectives, including history. Cars In/Of Culture: Mobility, Materiality, Representation   1st Global Conference Tuesday 13th September – Thursday 15th September 2016 Mansfield College, Oxford, United Kingdom The website for the conference begins: ”'[A]part from our own…

Bikes in China (a history)

A new article looks at the history of bicycles in China: “Bicycle Evolution in China: From the 1900s to the Present,” International Journal of Sustainable Transportation, Volume 8, Issue 5, 2014, by Hua Zhanga, Susan A. Shaheen & Xingpeng Chen. The article is available for free until the end of April (or, later, through a…

New Book: The Cycling City

Are you interested in the historical relationship between bicycles and the city? Then you might want to check out Evan Friss’s “The Cycling City: Bicycles and Urban America in the 1890s” (Chicago University Press, 2015). Here are a few fun facts from the book: – In 1897, Chicago’s mayoral race was won by Carter Harrison,…

Video: History of Air Technologies

The Airline Reporting Corporation (a settlement intermediary linking airlines and travel managers) recently posted an interesting video history of the joint development of air travel and ticket distribution technologies since World War II. It’s a story of how technology is used to manage growing markets, but it also has a healthy dose of that ever…

Transportation Pioneers: Ruth Carol Taylor

Brad Flamm shares the recent AASHTO Facebook post about the first African American flight attendant in the US, Ruth Carol Taylor. “I have fond memories of the tiny two-gates Tompkins County airport — my wife-to-be flew into it several times when I was a grad student there in the early 90s — and now I have…