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History of the Automobile until 1940    NEW!

Do you wonder how the world became so enamored with the automobile? Also, evidently, the world is completely dependent on its existence. Using PowerPoint presentations, films, lecture and discussion, this course will explore how it all happened up until 1940, including all the successes and some failures. Initial focus will be on the science and engineering of the automobile but told in layman’s terms and with good understandable drawings, sketches, and photographs. Early inventors, innovators, and entrepreneurs will be explored, starting in 1850, talking about the people who actually made it all happen, including a bit about their personalities. We will wrap it all up by talking about the artists and designers who pushed the limits on styling in the late 20s and 30s. Henry Ford obviously was a major player but discussion will focus on his innovations, rather than the Ford Motor Company. Additional reading materials will be suggested.
  • History of the Automobile until 1940
  • Item Number: F23HIST248A
    Dates: 10/12/2023 - 11/16/2023
    Times: 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
    Days: Th
    Sessions: 6
    Maximum Enrollment:  35
    Seats Available: 1
    Building: Campbell Center
    Room: Room D
    Instructor: Joe Davis
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