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 …

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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 …

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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, …

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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 …

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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 …

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DOT’s First Secretary: Alan Boyd

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xaq6JKJ5m8g This month the US DOT began its year-long celebration of its 50th anniversary with all the former Secretaries invited to the event. The most notable among the invitees was the first Secretary of the new agency, Alan Boyd, age 93. In addition to that very notable distinction, Alan Boyd was among the guiding forces in …

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History of the Electric Car

Electric cars have been around for more than a century. Check out the Department of Energy's History of the Electric Car site for an interactive timeline of electric cars through the years. ~ Steven Polunsky wants to thank Andy Palanisamy (@transportgooru) and Rebecca Matulka (@ramatulka) for tipping him off to this site.

Interstate History Research Collection (1986-1992)

In 1956, President Eisenhower signed into law the Federal-Aid Highway Act, providing for the construction of 41,000 miles of interstate highways that would span the nation. Often heralded as the world’s largest public-works program, this highway system would allow for safe transcontinental travel for American citizens, and aid in business development and economic prosperity of …

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