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Schmidt, JR (photographer)
Archive of twelve original photographs of remote controlled automobiles, circa 1920s
N.p.: N.p., 1920. Archive to twelve vintage photographs of remote controlled car demonstrations, circa 1920s. One photograph with the stamp of photographer JR Schmidt, with his Cincinnati, OH address. A second photograph with a holograph annotation reading "New Orleans LA / Feb - 1927." Also known as phantom automobiles, the cars were controlled via radio signals from a second vehicle following the driverless car, with the first recorded instance being made by engineer and inventor Francis P. Houdina down Fifth Avenue in New York in 1925. Demonstrations were held throughout the 1920s and 1930s, with at least four different locations evidenced by the photographs in the collection, as well as car from four different auto manufacturers - Ford, Chevrolet, Essex, and Hudson - attesting to the popularity of the idea of autonomous vehicles, something that both car and tech companies are still trying to realize today.10 x 8 inches (25 x 20 cm). Very Good only, with expected curling, fading, and wear.
Bookseller: Royal Books, Inc. [United States]
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