As some of you might know, we’ve been feverishly working on publishing and republishing three books sharing auto history. They focus on travel in the early days of the automobile.
Hoosier Tour: A 1913 Indiana to Pacific Journey
Our new book, Hoosier Tour, examines how the 1913 Indiana Automobile Manufacturers’ Association Indiana-Pacific Tour helped generate interest for building roads, like the proposed Ocean-to-Ocean Rock Highway later to be known as the Lincoln Highway. At that time, the IAMA Tour was one of the largest continental tours attempted in the United States. One of the trek’s primary goals was to draw attention to the need for road improvements.
They envisioned a national system of good roads that could tie the country from coast to coast. They only had to convince the rest of the country.
Hoosier Tour chronicles this trip and provides a glimpse into the hardships and accomplishments they encountered along the way.
Tales of a Pathfinder
This republished version of the 1921 Tales of a Pathfinder is a beautifully bound chronicle of a true pioneer of early automotive history. Westgard recounts his many adventures in his role as trailblazer for the Good Roads Movement.
“Daniel Boone of the Gasoline Age” is an apt way to describe Anton L. Westgard. He was one of the pioneers who helped build the foundation for automotive travel. Without the pathfinding excursions of Westgard and others like him, the way west would be a tangle of buffalo traces and weed infested country lanes.
In the early part of the 20th century, U.S. highways and byways were in deplorable shape. Rains drenched the dirt roads and often left a gumbo-like substance making travel by cart or car nearly impossible.
Tales of a Pathfinder is Westgard’s own story and impressions as he wrote them in 1920.
This beautifully bound republished version of Motor Manners provides Emily Post’s advice and rules for highway safety. After all, according to Post, “bad motoring manners can be murder.”
Even years after her death, Emily Post is still known as the resource to consult on etiquette in polite society. Her reputation was cemented in history in 1921 when her Book on Etiquette was first published. From that springboard, she developed a syndicated newspaper on etiquette carried by newspapers throughout the United States.
Eventually the National Highway Users Conference approached her to share her advice about motoring on the highways. The result was the pamphlet entitled Motor Manners published in 1949. Although the underlying purpose was to promote highway safety, perhaps the group thought that the influx of female drivers on the road after World War II would respond better to a list of manners rather than a set of rules from a driver’s manual.
This booklet is the republished version of Post’s original writing. The inside pages consist of her advice to the motorists of the 1950’s.
We’ve enjoyed the work of researching, writing, and publishing these books. It is our wish that you will enjoy these stories about travel in an earlier era. Enjoy the drive!