"Highways by Automation" by Arthur Radebuagh

Giant Automatic Highway Builders of the Future

Radebaugh's vision of a road-creating machine may not have been a figment of just his imagination- a Disney-produced television program had a similar idea

Zipping from San Francisco to Oakland in 5 Minutes

An inventor's plans for traveling inside a giant bullet would have made a trip across the Bay a fast one

Arthur Radebaugh's jetpack mailman of the future

Arthur Radebaugh’s Shiny Happy Future

For five years, a popular comic strip gave us a preview of life in Suburbatopia

J.W. Fawkes's "Aerial Swallow" circa 1912

Burbank’s Aerial Monorail of the Future

A bold vision for a propeller-driven train never quite got off the ground

"Car of the future" sketch from Ford

1955 Imagines Travel in 1965

The Ford Motor Company envisioned a Batmobile in every garage.

Thomas Edison circa 1914

Thomas Edison’s Brief Stint As A Homemaker

The famous inventor envisioned a future of inexpensive, prefabricated concrete homes

"Airships may give us a birds eye view of the city."

The Boston Globe of 1900 Imagines the Year 2000

A utopian vision of Boston promises no slums, no traffic jams, no late mail deliveries and, best of all, night baseball games

A circular landing track imagined for New York in 1919

When We All Commute by Airplane

If commuting to work via personal aeroplane was the future, how might the design of cities change to accommodate them?

Could There Be a Solar Powered Road?

"The most hated show of the year" is how a critic described Eggleston's landmark 1976 exhibition.

William Eggleston's Big Wheels

This enigmatic 1970 portrait of a tricycle took photography down a whole new road

Working like "little pistons," donkeys keep the medina humming.  An estimated 100,000 people in the Fez area depend on the animals for their livelihood.

Morocco's Extraordinary Donkeys

The author returns to Fez to explore the stubborn animal's central role in the life of this desert kingdom

Ceremonial palanquin that was a form of transport favored by warlords in 19th-century Japan.

Easy Rider

Several dozen companies, such as Manhattan Rickshaw, operate in the United States.

Rickshaws Reinvented

The ancient transportation takes a modern turn

Most of the flash equipment was custom-built, but Link (left) and his assistant George Thom also used miners' headlamps while they were setting up shots after dark.

The Big Picture

A well-planned single image yells the story of 20th-century transportation


Subway Spy

Walker Evans' underground-breaking photographs resurface for the centennial of New York City's rapid transit system

All Aboard!

A new multimedia exhibition shows how innovations in transportation spurred the growth of the nation

[ 1942 Harley-Davidson ] 
National Museum of American History

Wild Thing

For 100 years, Harleys have fueled our road-warrior fantasies

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