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Arthur Henri Poole - Wacky Races?

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We may well have seen some of these chaps before making cars at the O'Gorman motor works in Clonmel ( http://www.flickr.com/photos/nlireland/7127891871 ) 14 years after this photo was taken, but here is the O'Gorman Bros. Social Club in a great array of Humber, Austin and Chevrolet cars…..It looks as if the women in the car behind the Humber with registration number HI 78 were a little camera shy!..Thanks are due to ofarrl who worked out that this photograph was taken at Tramore Railway Station!..Date: Saturday, 26 June 1920..NLI Ref.: POOLEIMP 1696 ( http://catalogue.nli.ie/Record/vtls000039138 )

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.

Images from our photo collections that show those magnificent men (and women) in their flying, choo choo-ing, and driving machines... Oh, and we've cheated, we're adding boats and ships, jaunting cars and carriages, trams too and bicycles - we're completely shameless. So, basically any form of transport - air, sea, land - with the exception of two human feet...

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