Traveling Looked And Felt Very Differently 100 Years Ago (25 pics)

Posted in PICTURES       5 Dec 2019       3309       2

In 1920, the largest passenger aircraft could carry 30 people and one ton of mail.

This plane, designed by Alfred W. Lawson, had a wingspan of 120 feet and flew between 120 and 125 miles per hour.

 

Passengers boarded planes through small doors at ground level, not enormous terminals and insulated walkways.
Plane windows were just open holes.

You can't stick your arm out of a plane window anymore.

 

Airports weren't the glorified shopping malls they are today.

These Stinson "Detroiter" planes were the first closed-cabin planes used by a commercial airline.

 

In the 1920s, airports were more like garages.

Charles Lindbergh flew the first nonstop solo flight across the Atlantic Ocean in his single-engine plane, Spirit of St. Louis.

 

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Airplane passengers used to fly in bow ties and fashionable hats.

People don't really dress up to go on planes anymore, but there can be surprising benefits if you do.

 

Railroads were a popular mode of transportation in the 1920s.

In addition to carrying people, trains transported mail and manufactured goods.

 

As with flying, passengers traveled in style.

British author P.G. Wodehouse was photographed leaving for a family vacation from Waterloo Station in London in 1929.

 

In transit, movies were projected onto the carriage wall in cozy theaters lined with curtains and rows of chairs.

Watching movies on your phone wouldn't become an option until much later.

 

Blizzards slowed down travel in the 1920s, too.

The Empire State Express operated between New York City and Buffalo, New York, until the 1970s.

 

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During the Prohibition era, cargo trains were searched for alcohol.

In 1929, authorities caught crates of whiskey disguised as green tomatoes in the refrigerator car of a cargo train traveling from Holandale, Florida, to Newark, New Jersey.

 

By the 1920s, automobiles had been around for a few decades.

Karl Benz is widely credited as inventing the first automobile between 1885 and 1886.

 

Gas stations looked like this.

Gas stations used to be one-stop shops for car maintenance.

 

Birthday road trips looked a little different back then.

Mayor Charles F. Sullivan of Worcester, Massachusetts, held up a sign that said, "Clear the road! This is my 20th birthday" while taking a drive in 1923.

 

Traffic cops' uniforms looked a little different in the 1920s.

There were around 82,000 police in the US in 1920, according to The Observer. By 1930, that number reached 130,000.

 

There was no GPS or internet to search for driving directions ...
... and no built-in navigation system or touchscreen on the dashboard.

Cars were simply equipped with an instrument panel, steering wheel, lighting switch, and gear shift hand lever.

 

Bus tickets were dispensed on little paper tags.

The 1920s were known as the "golden age" of road building, according to the US Department of Transportation. Buses and trucks grew in popularity thanks to the Federal Highway Act of 1921, which funded the construction of a national highway system.

 

Tourist buses weren't always the most reliable form of transportation.

These days, people turn tourist buses into tiny homes.

 

The New York City subway used to cost a nickel.

Before the nickel-operated turnstiles, a ticket-chopper manually cut tickets at the gate. Today, a subway ride costs $2.75.

 

Cruising in the 1920s was the height of luxury.

Cruise ships today have Go Kart race tracks and zip lines.

 

Cruise ship passengers dressed in tailored suits and spiffy hats.

It was a different time.

 

Dances were a popular social activity on cruise ships.

Guests wore gowns and tuxedos on the dance floor.

 

To relax, they wore one-piece jumpsuit-style bathing suits to swim in cruise ship pools.

Swimsuit styles have changed over the years.

 

Cruise ships remain a glamorous way to travel today.


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Groom 5 month s ago
Cool fotos.

#6 That would not have been considered fashionable dress. He's in his work clothes; she's wearing every-day clothes.

#8 Better-dressed, but still, this was more practical than 'dressy'.

#14 The 20th birthday is for the car, not the driver or passenger.

#18 The amount of highway construction after the second World War dwarfed that of the 20s.

#22 Again, this is not haute couture; it is however the equivalent of clothes someone would wear to go on a very nice date.

#23 This is formal dress: white tie and tails. At this time, in this level of society, 'formal' meant white tie with your tux; 'informal' meant black tie with your tux. You'll notice a few of the men in black ties; they were chillin. Also note that this is before the advent of the shorter dinner-jacket style for men in the 20s, so I'm guessing this is early 20s.
       
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Party 3 month s ago
#19 "These days, people turn tourist buses into tiny homes." - wrong, they turned into giant herring cans.
       
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