Pictures to Go: Moving Forward

Methods of transportation, from horse-drawn carriages to helicopters, from airplanes to automobiles, and from trains to trolleys offer a seemingly endless variety of visual inspiration. Some images capture a singular moment in history, some a flight of fancy which does not last, while others show us the progression over time as clever minds invent and re-invent. In our newest monthly series, Pictures to Go, we will journey through our collections to uncover pictures which fit all of the above.

We’ll start off with a colorful peek at what a 1910 artist saw as an encapsulation of twentieth century transportation, despite being a mere decade into that century.

<i>Twentieth century transportation.</i>  Chromolithograph by E.S. Yates, 1910. //hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/pga.01017

Twentieth century transportation. Chromolithograph by E.S. Yates, 1910. //hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/pga.01017

In every corner, we see an example of how people traveled the U.S. and the world: by air, by water, by rail, and by road.  It makes me wonder what an artist today would include in a depiction of twenty-first century transportation!

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