The Maharaja of Barwani with ambulance cars [Merville, France]. Photographer: H. D. Girdwood.
Reference: Photo 24/(219)..From the Girdwood Collection held by the British Library..This image is part of the Europeana Collections 1914-1918 ( http://www.europeana1914-1918.eu/en ) ..Date: 2 Aug 1915..See also:.- View this at the British Library's site ( http://www.bl.uk/manuscripts/Viewer.aspx?ref=Photo_24!(219)_f067v ) ..- Browse this collection on Europeana ( http://www.europeana.eu/portal/search.html?query=europeana_collectionName:9200176*&rows=24 ) .- and on Wikimedia Commons ( https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:British_Library_Photo_24_(Girdwood_Collection) ) ..Please consider donating to the British Library. ( https://support.bl.uk/Donate )
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.
A series of photographs depicting the Indian Army in the First World War, held by the British Library and digitized as part of the Europeana Collections 1914-1918 program.