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Publisher’s Corner

            Traveling Back In Time                                                                           

                                                                                                                        Maxine Carter-Lome
               t was a big country but prior to the 20th century, few   Bicycle mechanics J. Frank and
               knew from first-hand experience how big or what was   Charles Duryea of Springfield,        
            Iout there. Traveling west and into the interior over   Massachusetts, are credited with   Maxine Carter-Lome  Business Manager
            land was a pioneer’s journey for those seeking    designing the first successful American gasoline auto-       Jeffrey Lome
            jobs and the opportunity to start a new life, not a tourist   mobile in 1893. By 1899, 30 American manufacturers
            experience for idle travelers. The rural countryside   were producing 2,500 motor vehicles, with some 485    Managing Editor
            offered few comforts and conveniences outside of the city   companies entering the business in the next decade. But   Judy Gonyeau
            limits, and most “roads” were barely passable and not   it was Henry Ford, who introduced the Model T in
            meant for long-haul forms of transportation such as    1908, and William Durant, who founded General
            covered wagons. Travel could take weeks or months,   Motors, who are largely credited and remembered as the   Contributing Writer
            depending on how far you were going, the weather, the   pioneers of the American auto industry.             Erica P. Lome, Ph.D.
            condition of the roads to be followed, and a host of other   The automobile was more than a technological      Art Director
            unforeseen circumstances. Early 19th century travel was   novelty. Americans were quick to understand and    Lynn Cotterman
            an arduous and often dangerous challenge for all but the   embrace the freedom and control that came with this
            most desperate and adventurous. Even bringing goods to    form of personal transportation.                     Production
            market and traveling to the big city or the closest town to   In 1910, an Outlook magazine article declared there   Jill Montague
            pick up supplies was subject to risk.               to be “about 350,000 autos now in use in this country.”   Judy Gonyeau
               Safe passage came with progress and the introduction   This same article advocated traveling to the country in
            of the railroad. In 1828, the first spadeful of earth was   your auto to “not only show the country to the people,   508-347-1960
            turned for the building of the Baltimore and Ohio   but show the people to the country” with a desirable       Toll free:
            Railroad, the first railroad chartered for commercial   result of increasing “neighborliness and diversion.” By   888-698-0734
            transport in the United States. By 1835, dozens of local   1912,  Outlook writers declared the “automobile has
            railroad networks had been put into place. Each one of   changed interior traveling from a physical racking bore    Fax: 508-347-0911
            these tracks went no more than a few miles, but the speed   to a distinct frontier outing and a pleasure trip” and     Mailing:
            of progress was unstoppable.                        proclaimed “the automobile has verily brought a new       P. O. Box 950
               Not only did trains provide a faster and more efficient   mental poise to some portions and parts of the unbroken   Sturbridge, MA 01566

            way for rural farmers to deliver trade goods to market,   and almost untrodden interior.” In 1913,  Outlook
            and for manufacturing companies in the big city to sell   published an article declaring that by the end of that year
            and deliver their wares to customers scattered throughout   over one million autos would be in use in America.   UPS and FedEx
            the rural countryside, they could also transport people   Americans embraced the opportunity to seek adventure,   Shipping Address:
            more comfortably and safely than previous forms of over-  witness the natural beauty of this country, strengthen   46 Hall Road
            land travel. That proof of concept was tested, literally, on   family bonds, and commune with fellow travelers on the   Sturbridge, MA 01566

            the battlefield. The Battle of Bull Run was won by a   road. This new hunger for tourist travel, aside from the   Journal of
            group of reinforcements shuttled in on a railroad car.    obvious and more practical aspects of automotive     Antiques and Collectibles
               After the Civil War, two things were clear: there was   transport, threw the whole country into high gear. Roads   is published monthly in digital
            a need to unite our country through transcontinental rail   were built and a national highway system was laid out.   and bi-monthly in print by
            service, and the public would help pay the freight.   Along the way, a tourist trade emerged in the form of   Weathervane Enterprises, Inc.
               To make train travel more comfortable and accom-  roadside attractions, motels, gas stations, and diners.   46 Hall Road
            modating for human transport, passenger cars with long   Tourist destinations sprung up where nature met the   Sturbridge MA 01566.
            aisles and rows of seating became standardized in    road, and history became enshrined. Travel guides were
            look and design in 1870, with compartment cars added   put out by the Federal government to provide inspiration   Periodicals postage paid at
            in the coming decades designed for dining, sleeping   and share what to see along the way. Travel postcards and   Sturbridge MA.
            accommodations, and observing the sites from open and   locally-made trinkets and gift items became desired
            enclosed platforms. Now, Americans could more easily   souvenirs and something collectible … It is fair to say
            and comfortably travel to visit with family in faraway   that the automobile added more than just mobility to   POSTMASTER:
            places, traveling salesmen could expand their reach into   20th century America.                          Send address changes to
            new territories, and those living in outlying areas     In this issue, we drive back in time to explore     The Journal of Antiques
            could more easily visit the big city for a day of shopping,   automotive tourist travel at its roots, and the collectibles   and Collectibles
            entertainment, and dining out. And, for the price of a   and memories left behind.
            ticket, one could just travel the rails to see the country.                                                 ISSN: (1539-5618)
               Although infinitely more civilized and safer than                                                          P.O. Box 950
            previous forms of passenger transportation, rail travel                                                   Sturbridge, MA 01566
            had its drawbacks and limitations for tourist travelers in
                                                                                                                    The Journal of Antiques and Collectibles
            particular. Trains were scheduled, public, and limited to                                               reserves the right to reject any advertising that
            where service was available. Rail travel also involved                                                  does not comply with our standards. The
                                                                                                                    Journal will not be liable for any errors or
            long stretches between stops, which offered few tourist                                                 omissions but will print a correction in the
            comforts and little to see and do (although that would                                                  following issue if notification of such error is
                                                                                                                    sent by the appropriate deadline. Original
            soon change with entrepreneurs like Fred Harvey). Still,   Maxine Carter-Lome, Publisher
                                                                                                                    manuscripts are welcomed by qualified
            train travel reigned supreme as the popular mode of                                                     writers. We assume no responsibility for loss
            passenger transport, especially for the upper class, until                                              of unsolicited material.
            the beginning of the 20th century.                                                                            Copyright 2021
               Once again, technology and progress gave rise to an                                                        All rights reserved
            alternative form of passenger travel – the automobile.

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