It started slowly. The machine that would change the landscape of America forever took decades to become cheap enough to become available for a majority of people. In their early years, automobiles were a luxury.
It’s important to remember the early history of the car industry so we can understand their cultural origins. That’s why EveryCarListed created these colorized photos of historical cars: so we can see how early cars still influence us today.
1905: Four tourists and a guide sit in an automobile. In the first decade of the 20th century, simply riding in a car was a thrilling experience.
Automobile: 1906 Buick Model F
1914: As mass production techniques improved, cars became more accessible to the middle class. Here, a woman poses with her own vehicle.
Automobile: 1913 Locomobile Model 48
1924: As more people purchased automobiles, infrastructure improved and it became easier to find fuel and navigable roads. Here, Rosalie Jones rides in a car on the campaign train for Bob LaFollette.
Automobile: 1924 Crossley 19.6
1938: Eventually, manufactures began offering multiple makes and models of the same car so that people could buy more expensive cars as they moved up the social ladder.
Automobile: 1936 Oldsmobile
1941: When the United States entered World War II, much of the nation’s industrial capacity was repurposed to build tanks, planes, and warships. Here, steelworkers build a ship for the “Liberty Fleet” in Baltimore, Md.
1950: After completion of the war, mass-produced automobiles started being heavily marketed to returning soldiers. Here, a glass-enclosed storefront entices passers-by to purchase Oldsmobile’s newest models.
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