Tech of the past: Cornell-Liberty Safety Car
Interesting statistic: By 1950, nearly 35,000 people died in auto accidents per year; therefore, many groups, especially insurance companies, were interested in building safer cars. Concept vehicles, such as this 1957 Cornell-Liberty Safety Car (Cornell University and Liberty Mutual Insurance), contained many ideas to improve the safety of the driver and passengers, especially small children. For example, in this car the driver sits in the center and, instead of a steering wheel, has a set of handlebars similar to a bicycle but with a padded center. As a matter of fact, nearly the entire cabin of this car is padded. Also, the smaller, rear-facing seat behind the driver is designed for small children. Finally, the large, unbroken, wrap-around windshield reduced blindspots.
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I remember when my dad took us up to Michigan to the Ford Museum back in the Mid 70''s. I still have several photos I took with my Kodac Instamatic camera when I was 17 years old! I'll have to dig those photos back up!
I have a few tidbits of information to add. The Henry Ford is big enough to for a two day visit to really take everything in, plus Greenfield Village and you can easily fill a three day weekend. The Dymaxion house was Buckminster Fuller concept/project. He designed it as a affordable post war home. Steam engine power for factories was very versatile in that it could turn one or more shafts that ran the entire length of the building, with belt driven equipemnt attached as needed. The wheel size and ratio on the shaft and the equipment, allowed for various speeds.
One of my favorite places on earth. I love walking by the Kennedy car and the drive in movie theater. I love that I can now get pie at Lamy's.
The H. Ford & Greenfield Village is a fantastic place. It's simply amazing that the displays in the village are not reproductions but the real thing. For example, the Wright Bro.s bicycle shop is the actual shop moved from Ohio. The one in Dayton is a reproduction! For you rail fans the Museum of Transportation in St. Louis is also worth a visit. You can climb on many of the displays for that "close up" experience.
I'm a railroad fanatic, what some people call a "foamer." It's a crying shame we lost the passenger rail system we had built in this country. It's so much better than cars in just about every way conceivable. It's a more relaxing, safer, far more environmentally friendly, more fun and enjoyable way to travel...
Love old steam engines, tractors and cars! The National Railroad Museum in Green Bay WI has a Union Pacific Big Boy among other trains. One fall I worked on a thrashing crew which used a Case steam engine for power. It was the last year for steam. There are still local shows with old steam traction engines, old tractors, etc. Great nostalgia! Need to visit the Henry Ford Museum!
Amazing pictures. They sure had some interesting items back then. I'll have to plan a visit. If you like trains, the California State Railroad Museum in Sacramento is a great place to visit as well.