• Sears Motor Buggy, Model P

    Sears, Roebuck and Company

    The Sears, Roebuck and Co. Motor Buggy Model 'P' automobile seats four passengers. It has carriage wheels and a tiller for steering. The spring wagon body is made of pressed steel. The two-cylinder en…

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  • U-505 Submarine

    DeutscheWerft (Hamburg, Germany)

    The U-505 is 252 feet long, thirty-seven feet high at the conning tower and twenty-two feet wide at its widest point. Its maximum speed was 18.3 knots on the surface and 7.3 knots submerged. The subma…

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  • Franklin Airman 6 1934

    Drawing for an advertisement The last Franklin automobiles were produced in 1934. This 5-passenger Sedan was equipped with wire wheels and sidemounted spares (which were not standard equipment). It co…

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  • Wreckage of the Bloomington Fire

    McLean County Historical Society, Bloomington, Ill

    The damaged Bloomington skyline is visible beyond the courthouse square. A streetcar and a crowd of people are visible in the foreground. June 19, 1900, much of the center of Bloomington was destroyed…

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  • Won't you give my boy a chance to get home?; Don't travel - unless your trip helps win the war

    United States. Office of Defense Transportation

    Poster, color, 26.8 x 19.9 in., published by the United States Government Printing Office In 1942 rationing of resources and materials, which were needed for the war effort, began. Automobile manufact…

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  • Lincoln Beachey

    McLean County Historical Society, Bloomington, Ill

    The Lincoln Beachey, an early aircraft, is shown at the LeRoy Fair, Illinois. Fairgoers can be seen in the background. Lincoln Beachey was a famous barnstormer. Big crowds came to the LeRoy Fairground…

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  • Wisconsin Dells Excursion

    McLean County Historical Society, Bloomington, Ill

    A group of McLean County, Illinois, residents take a boat excursion in the Wisconsin Dells. McLean County residents went on vacation to destinations, not unlike those people visit today. American Comm…

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  • Dodge Business Sedan 1922

    Drawing for an advertisement Dodge Bros. had been building all-steel bodies on their open cars since 1915. In early autumn of 1922 the Business Sedan came on the market with a body of welded steel, wi…

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  • Chicago, St. Paul and Fond du Lac Railroad advertisement

    An advertisement for the Chicago, St. Paul & Fond du Lac Railroad travel from Chicago, Illinois to St. Paul, Minnesota circa 1855.

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  • Ford Station Wagon 1933

    Photograph, b/w By today’s standard this is a passenger car, but in 1933 Ford considered it a light panel truck. Transportation--A Student's Historical Explanation American Communities in History Amer…

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  • Independent Extra advertisement

    A clipping of the "Independent Extra" advertising "The Cars are Coming! Clear the Track" since the vote was successful in bringing varied forms of transportation to the small town. This clipping was p…

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  • Chevrolet Utility Coupe 1922

    Drawing for an advertisement In 1922 Chevrolet featured standard transmissions, an oil gauge on the dash, a supplementary hand control for the throttle, and triple-baked enamel on both body and fender…

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  • Milburn Electric Car

    Milburn Automobile Company

    A black and blue two-passenger, two-door electric car. The car has a tiller for steering, two headlights, one taillight, and four rubber tires. The Milburn Electric Car was simple to operate. A lever…

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  • Parallel Calked Horseshoes Vs. Perpendicular Calked Horseshoes

    Calks are knob-like structures that are placed on a horseshoe to keep the horse from slipping. Calks are placed on the ends of the shoe and/or on the toe. Parallel calked horseshoes have their calking…

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  • Supplement to Register

    A special edition newspaper entitled "Supplement to Register" containing train schedules from various Illinois and Midwestern towns. This publication is dated March 2,1854.

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  • Chicago and Rock Island Railroad Company lands for use

    Baldwin, Elmer, Cullen, William, Sutphen, Charles H

    A letter to Matthew Eagan from the Commissioners Elmer Baldwin, William Cullen, and Charles H. Sutphen informing him that "the appropriation of certain lands and lots for the use of the Chicago and Ro…

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  • Interior of a Pullman Car

    McLean County Historical Society, Bloomington, Ill

    The Pullman dining car is decorated with elaborate furniture, curtains and carpeting. These cars were common on excursion trains in the late 1800s. American Communities in History Communities and Geog…

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  • Illinois Central Railroad Company construction bond

    A financial record of the Illinois Central Railroad Company "Construction Bond of $500" in this "Provisional Certificate No. 1231." This document was created in New York on August 16, 1852 and the add…

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  • Sterling and Rock Island Rail Road Company election of directors

    Leavitt, David

    A circular sent from Secretary, David Leavitt informing individuals that the Sterling & Rock Island Rail Road Company will hold an election for directors of the company for next year in Sterling, Illi…

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  • Lightering Boat, model

    (From the inscription below the boat) Low water and rapids in the Mississippi River at Keokuk necessitated the process of "Lightering" freight and passengers around the rapids. "Lightering" meant haul…

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