Finish of 1st Am[erican] auto race at Springfield, L.I. - A.L. Riker in electric, winner
Photograph showing automobile driving on road with spectators on either side.
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Stamped on back: Photographed for Collier's Weekly, all rights of publication reserved.
Accession box no. DLC/PP-2008:111.01
Electric cars first appeared in the 1850s and held the land speed record until around 1900. The high cost, low top speed, and short range of battery electric vehicles, compared to later internal combustion engine vehicles, led to a worldwide decline in their use; although electric vehicles have continued to be used in the form of electric trains and other niche uses.