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Old photos of different types of transportation - trains, planes, automobiles, and more - as well as the people who piloted them.

Of air, water, and land, only flying through the air had eluded humans for millennia. Wheels on carts as well as river boats are known to have been used since 3500 B.C. But since that time - especially starting in the 19th century - modes of transportation have proliferated: Ships of all kinds, submarines, buggies, wagons, automobiles, motorcycles, bicycles, and airplanes - from Piper Cubs to supersonic planes to rocket ships. Humans have come a long way since the first mode of transportation: legs.

Some interesting facts about types of transportation:


  • While the first hot air balloon flight was in 1783 France, the Wright Brothers are credited with the first flight of a fixed wing aircraft in 1903. In the 9th and 11th centuries, flight was briefly achieved in gliders - but the pilots were injured.


  • The bicycle was invented in the early 1800s in Germany. Over 200 years later, bicycles are enjoying a resurging popularity - for adults - due to their "earth friendly" profile.


  • The V2 rocket, launched in Nazi Germany in 1942, was the first step to space flight. The Soviet Union, in 1957, launched a satellite - Sputnik - and the "space race" was on.


  • While there may have been earlier examples of the automobile - a French engineer built a a steam-powered tricycle in 1769, Karl Benz as well as Gottlieb Daimler, with his partner Wilhelm Maybach, filed patents for the automobile on the same day in 1886. They had never met and filed the patents in different cities in Germany. Even today, you may recognize those surnames.




These vintage photos include almost every method of transportation used in the last two centuries.

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Taken in Boone County, KY.
The image doesn't do the original justice. I love the yellowed look along... more
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Taken in San Francisco, CA in .
A photo of Mabel Edith Cole Paczoch Dawson
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Douglas,beside an ancient bi-plane (I think). Douglas volunteered in the... more
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A photo of a 1953 Mercury.
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Taken at Cuen Ruiz farm, Bakersfield, Ventura County, CA USA .
The gentleman was Ventura Cuen Ruiz 1888-1966, in Bakersfield California. Can... more
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Earl Scott Ekleberry in front of train he operated.
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Taken in United Kingdom in .
Brilliant photo of the stern of the RMS Titanic. The RMS Titanic was a... more
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A photo of President Coolidge inspecting world flight plane at Bowling [i.e.,... more
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Taken in Sumner County, KS.
A photo of Main St. in Dalton Kansas
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Taken in Foxburg, PA USA in .
"Bud" Confer and his 1932 Plymouth - Young Man & his Car...
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Taken in MI in .
A photo of William "Pearle" Poling, born 1876 in Michigan with son Clarence... more
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Taken in Bellingham, Whatcom County, WA in .
A photo of a touring car near Bellingham Washington. Believed to be the... more
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Taken in Spokane, Spokane County, WA in .
A photo of John M. Tesarik and his produce wagon in 1887 A farmer born in... more
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A photo of Arthur Henson
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Taken at Vicksburg, Vicksburg, VA in .
Vicksburg VA 1940. A James A Fazzi Sr Picture
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A photo of Reuben Leight
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A photo of Reuben Leight
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Taken in Sioux City, Woodbury County, IA in .
Anthony Braunger's company Braunger Meats 1891 - present Sioux City, Iowa
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A photo of Unknown Bills and Reynolds family Members - just sitting around... more
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Taken in Escanaba, Delta County, MI in .
A photo of my Grandfather James Lofquist on his bike in Northern Michigan.... more
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Taken in Fulton, Fulton County, KY.
A photo of Annie Lee Merek or Meek & Archie Stevenson of Fulton, Kentucky.... more
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Taken in Saint Louis, MO.
A photo of Jesse Darby with an early Indian Motorcycle *Photograph property... more
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Taken in Cullman, Cullman County, AL in .
A photo of Myrtle N. Bryant in 1958, age 49 or 50.
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