Well it is a car and it's on rails.
A few more rail cars here:
Replica (built from '23 T roadster to represent typical Logging railroad railcar.
Ford Model NRS rail car:
What is the relevance of the telephone lines in the graphics for The Motor World ?
I know they were a staple along most every road in America in the T era, but this
would suggest deeper context.
Interesting observation. I had not noticed the telephone lines before. A quick search shows the publishers began using this header between mid 1906 and late 1907:
The phone lines represent walking to the nearest phone to call for help when you break down.
The lines might suggest that you are able to work on your vehicle at night to be ready to go the next day.
Also could mean speed! At that time the ability to call someone and have them hear you like you were in the the same room was the fastest thing known to man. The telegraph and electric lights were in the same context.
Telephone was invented in 1876 and remained a "walkie-talkie" type novelty well
into the 1880's as more and more local exchanges came into being. In 1888, AM
TEL (AT&T) introduced their Long Lines program of long distance main lines tying
together subscribing exchanges. Phone systems continued to grow to the peak
year of new construction in 1910. It was a big deal in cutting edge modernity for
sure. The name was even co-opted for totally unrelated items like the "Telephone
Jar", ... nothing more than a regular old canning jar, looking to somehow seem more
"uptown" than their competitors because of the "racy" name !
Here is a short YouTube video of a replica T rail car we worked on a few years ago, great fun...
Surely the telephone or telegraph lines meant modernity back then and since the name of the journal was Automobile World, it may have symbolized the journals international connections and ability to gather auto news from all over the world?
That's a great video and the music fits quite well as we ride along.
Neat video! It would be weird riding along in the driver's position with no steering wheel to hang on to.
In the 1950s, Oldsmobile had a whole series or two of cars called "Jet". They and other marques used jet aircraft hood ornaments and other body trim. Madman Muntz also produce a car called the Muntz Jet.
In 1927 (if I recall correctly), Boyce (of moto-meter fame) came out with a really fancy model in an Art Deco design with a built in lamp to read it at night. Its name? Radio. The Boyce Radio meter had absolutely nothing to do with the wireless radio whose use at that time was spreading like wildfire across the nation.
Jets and radios were just the hottest, newest, technologies of their times. It made sense to capitalize on their recognition and image. Just like telephones around 1900. Any publisher of that time wanted you to believe that their magazine connected you to the world. Phone lines portrayed that image. Even if the subject matter was another "hottest" and "newest" "cutting edge" technology, automobiles.
Drive carefully, and enjoy, W2
My Radio is still in a box, in pieces. I need a new glass thermometer and a way to replace it. It mounted on a winged cap.
The 50's Olds cars were "Rockets", as in "Rocket 88."
Hudson had the 1950's Jet.