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Testing Cab Drivers

Back in the 1920s, one Chicago cab company had some interesting tests it required its drivers to take. One was a "strength trial for the arms" in which the driver had to hold down a spring with his outstretched arm for as long as he could. There was also a psychological test:

The candidate is required to operate a somewhat complicated series of switches and foot-pedals according to carefully given directions, and while he is doing it, he is given unexpectedly a mild electric shock. The examiner observes to what extent the surprise upsets the equanimity and competence of the driver.

Perhaps Uber should consider similar tests for its drivers.

Popular Mechanics - Oct 1927



Sedalia Democrat - June 15, 1926

Posted By: Alex - Sat Oct 27, 2018 - Comments (7)
Category: Jobs and Occupations, 1920s, Cars

Unoccupied car bursts into flames

A short-circuit? Sounds more like the car was possessed.

The Bridgeport Post - Apr 10, 1972

Posted By: Alex - Sat Oct 20, 2018 - Comments (4)
Category: 1970s, Cars

Early Uber

Posted By: Paul - Tue Oct 16, 2018 - Comments (0)
Category: 1960s, United Kingdom, Cars

Stretch limo snowcat

Currently for sale on Craigslist Vancouver. They're asking $6000 for it.

for sale snow cat limo , sv 250 bombardier snow cat combined with 1989 caddy stretch limo. Last used 2 years ago.





Posted By: Alex - Sat Sep 15, 2018 - Comments (0)
Category: Motor Vehicles, Cars

Shrine for the repose of the souls of people killed by Toyota cars

Built in 1970 at a cost of $445,000 (which, I'm sure, is a lot more in today's money). It was located in the Japanese mountain resort of Tateshina. I assume it's still there, though I haven't been able to find any recent references to it online.



Murfreesboro Daily News-Journal - Aug 3, 1970



Update: A more recent photo of it, via Tripadvisor. It's called the Tateshinayamashoko-ji Temple.

Posted By: Alex - Wed Aug 15, 2018 - Comments (12)
Category: Death, Religion, 1970s, Cars

Hot Rod Hop



Posted By: Paul - Tue Jul 10, 2018 - Comments (2)
Category: Music, Bohemians, Beatniks, Hippies and Slackers, 1950s, Cars

Follies of the Madmen #352



Put the noisy little brats in the unsafe cargo area, why not?


Source of ad.

Posted By: Paul - Mon Feb 19, 2018 - Comments (12)
Category: Business, Advertising, Family, Children, Parents, 1980s, Cars

The Trippel SG6



A German entry in the amphibious car sweepstakes.

It's the final car in the video parade below.



Posted By: Paul - Sun Jan 21, 2018 - Comments (1)
Category: Oceans and Maritime Pursuits, 1930s, 1940s, 1950s, Europe, Cars

Drive-Thru Funeral Home

In 1968, Herschel Thornton of Atlanta, Georgia opened the world's first drive-thru funeral home. He called it a "mortatorium." The press dubbed it the "remains to be seen" funeral home.

It featured five windows in which bodies could be viewed from the comfort of one's car. Thornton noted, "Folks will be able just to drive by and view the last remains of their loved ones, and then keep going."

The Thornton Mortuary is still around. Herschel died in 1995, so the mortuary is now run by his son and grandchildren. Their website has a page about the "historic drive-thru viewing window." But based on the Google street view image of the mortuary, it looks like the drive-thru option is no longer available.

Jet - Mar 28, 1968



image source: professionalcarsociety.org



image source: Thornton mortuary



The Greenville News - Mar 14, 1968



However, other funeral homes eventually followed in the path blazed by Thornton. Quartz magazine reports that Japan debuted its first drive-thru funeral home in 2017. And below is an AP news report about a drive-thru mortuary that opened in Michigan in 2014.

Posted By: Alex - Thu Jan 11, 2018 - Comments (3)
Category: Death, 1960s, Cars

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