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Bundesarchiv Bild 136-B0435, Kaiser Wilhelm II. und Erzherzog Franz Ferdinand

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Bundesarchiv Bild 136-B0435, Kaiser Wilhelm II. und Erzherzog Franz Ferdinand

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Information added by Wikimedia users.English: Translation: Imperial maneuvres, Kaiser Wilhelm II and Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria in the car, sitting right. The military airship "Parseval". [Photographer Tellgmann added the airships to the picture]. Clarification: Wilhelm II is sitting left, Franz Ferdinand is sitting right, the Groß-Basenach airship (probably M I) is on the left, and the Zeppelin on the right.
Français : Traduction: Manœuvres impériales, Kaiser Wilhelm II et l'archiduc François- Ferdinand d'Autriche dans la voiture, assis à droite. Le dirigeable militaire "Groß-Basenach". [Le photographe Tellgmann a ajouté les dirigeables à l'image].
Clarification: Wilhelm II est assis à gauche , Franz Ferdinand est assis à droite, le dirigeable de Parseval (probablement M I) est sur la gauche, et le Zeppelin sur la droite.

The automobile was first invented and perfected in Germany and France in the late 1890s. Americans quickly came to dominate the automotive industry after WWI. Throughout this initial era, the development of automotive technology was rapid. Hundreds of small manufacturers competing to gain the world's attention. Key developments included the electric ignition system, independent suspension, and four-wheel brakes. Transmissions and throttle controls were widely adopted and safety glass also made its debut. Henry Ford perfected mass-production techniques, and Ford, General Motors, and Chrysler emerged as the “Big Three” auto companies by the 1920s. Car manufacturers received enormous orders from the military during World War II, and afterward automobile production in the United States, Europe, and Japan soared.

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