Wall Street Journal: Apple Inc. is accelerating efforts to build an electric car, designating it internally as a “committed project” and setting a target ship date for 2019, according to people familiar with the matter.
The go-ahead came after the company spent more than a year investigating
the feasibility of an Apple-branded car, including meetings with two
groups of government officials in California.
A baby-blue 1955 Ford meets an untimely demise at the prow of northbound
Metropolitan Transit Authority (ex-Pacific Electric) blimp interurban
no. 1537 at the intersection of American Avenue and 16th Street in Long
Beach on January 11, 1959, around 3:30 PM.
Some great discovery associated with it may hereafter make our most sanguine forecast of today seem poor and mean beside the reality. That its collections must increase is the law of its being. To it are coming, and will continue to come, things rich and rare from the four quarters of the globe. No limit can be set to its expansion along the lines already so wisely laid down, nor to the results which may flow from it. This is the century of wonders, and its closing years are like to be the climax for all which have preceded them. Men of science tell us that the problem of aerial navigation is on the eve of solution, mainly through atmospheric observations and the study of the motion and structure of birds, carried on it part in collections like this. It is said that the mighty power of electricity has not even shaken off its swaddling clothes, and is yet to tower before us like genie of the Arabian tale from the unsealed vase. If these things be true, and if other revelations of which we do not even dream are to remake the world in these or some of these, it may well be that the institution will have an honored part.
Mr. Edward G. Mason, President of the Chicago Historical Society, “The Message of the Museum to Chicago and the World.”
Field Museum opening day and dedication ceremony, June 2nd, 1894. 8,000-10,000 people in attendance.
Reading this passage gave me chills, putting myself in the position of those at the ceremony, their place in time and history. The fact that when the Museum was opened - the same collections I work in today - that aerial flight was on the horizon, and electricity was in its earliest, infantile stages, is awesome in every sense of the word. Many of these words have endured* more than 120 years and uphold the mission we carry out today – No limit can be set to its expansion along the line already so wisely laid down, nor to the results which may flow from it.
If these people thought then we were at the brink of discovery, then now we are just beginning the gradual downward slope into the infinite spiral. At the center of that spiral lay our increasingly important museums and the collections they house.
When I was five years old, in the Spring of 1959 (the month on the slides is May), my father, Robert Vredenburgh, drove the family down to see the steam locomotives lined up along Alameda Street just south of Carson Street. Soon they would be towed to National Metal and Steel Corporation scrap yard on Terminal Island.
Southern Pacific cab forward 4241. May 1959. Carson, California
From the tender of Southern Pacific 4241 view to south. The red truck in the distance is on 223rd Street – now the alignment of the 405 Freeway. Alameda Street is on the left. Gasoline refineries (which still exist) are on the right in the distance. May, 1959 Carson, California.
Southern Pacific 2818, 2527 etc. view to the north. The Dominguez Hills behind the last visible box car. May, 1959 Carson, California.
Southern Pacific 1226, 2851. May, 1959 Carson, California.
The final resting place. National Metal and Steel Corp., Terminal Island, Long Beach, California. Notice the stacks of Pacific Electric street cars in the background. May 1959.
Pacific Electric street cars waiting to be scrapped. National Metal and Steel Corp., Terminal Island, Long Beach, California. May 1959. We used to take family outings in my dad’s sedan to this Terminal Island scrap yard just to look at heaps of street cars and locomotives. No guards, no gates, no junk yard dogs.