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Apple to build electric car

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. 

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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. 

*some have not..


Kaneko Shigeru 金子茂二

Denki no chikara デンキノチカラ (Power of electricity) illustrations in Kyoushuu kurabu 郷愁倶楽部 (Nostalgia club) magazine - Japan - May 1933

Source ameblo.jp/retro-illustration

Train Watching. Spring 1959, Carson, California

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.

Yes. Men are so useless. Lets have a look at all the useless things they’ve made:

  1. Paperclip
  2. Airplane
  3. Air conditioner
  4. Stainless steel
  5. Pop-up toaster
  6. Sound film
  7. Wind tunnel
  8. Television
  9. Telephoto
  10. Aerosol spray
  11. Mechanical cotton picker
  12. Sliced bread
  13. Electric dry shaver
  14. Antibiotics
  15. Electroencephelograph
  16. X-Ray motion picture camera
  17. Nylon
  18. Trampoline
  19. Pinsetter
  20. Jet engine
  21. Fiberglass
  22. Computer
  23. FM radio
  24. Helicopter
  25. Aqua-Lung
  26. Microwave oven
  27. Polaroid camera
  28. Long Playing Record
  29. Hovercraft
  30. Medical ultrasonography
  31. First nuclear power reactor
  32. Velcro
  33. Jet Boat
  34. Bubble Wrap
  35. Snowmobile
  36. Lasers
  37. Communications satellites
  38. Light-emitting diode
  39. Hypertext
  40. Computer mouse
  41. 8-track tapes
  42. Video game console
  43. Fiber optics
  44. E-mail
  45. Microprocessor
  46. Pocket calculator
  47. Computed Tomography
  48. Ethernet
  49. Heimlich Maneuever
  50. Digital camera
  51. The personal computer 
  52. The Walkman
  53. Cellular telephone
  54. Domain Name System
  55. DNA fingerprinting
  56. World Wide Web
  57. Electric battery
  58. Gas stove
  59. Submarine
  60. Refrigerator
  61. Miner’s safety lamp
  62. Metronome
  63. Stethoscope
  64. Kaleidoscope
  65. Insulated wire
  66. Lawn mower
  67. Electrical generator
  68. Photogenic Drawing
  69. Revolver
  70. Morse code
  71. Sewing machine
  72. Photography
  73. Steel plow
  74. Standard diving dress
  75. Camera Zoom Lens
  76. Electric telegraph
  77. Forerunner of Morse code
  78. Closed diving suit
  79. Artificial fertilizer
  80. Anaesthesia
  81. Fax machine
  82. Telegraph
  83. Portland cement
  84. Double tube tire
  85. Sewing machine
  86. Rotary printing press
  87. Safety pin
  88. Francis turbine
  89.  Airship
  90.  Passenger elevator
  91. Glider
  92. Bunsen burner
  93. Undersea telegraph cable
  94. Shoe sole sewing machine
  95. Mason jar
  96. Oil drill
  97. Linoleum
  98. Repeating rifle
  99. Self-propelled torpedo
  100. Regenerative Furnace
  101. Revolving machine gun
  102. Pasteurization
  103. Compression ice machine
  104. Dynamite
  105. Typewriter
  106. Oleomargarine
  107. Vacuum cleaner
  108. Mobile Gasoline Engine
  109. Cable car
  110. Barbed wire
  111. Electric street car
  112. Telephone
  113. Stapler
  114. Induction motor
  115. Phonograph
  116. Electric welding
  117. Transparent film
  118. Rebreather
  119. Incandescent Light bulb
  120. Automobile engine
  121. Cash register
  122. Roll film
  123. Safety razor
  124. Seismograph
  125. Electric welding machine
  126. Metal detector
  127. Electric fan
  128. Electric flat iron
  129. Linotype machine
  130. Fountain pen
  131. Punched card accounting
  132. Trolley car, (electric)
  133. Automobile, differential gear
  134. Maxim gun
  135. Motor cycle
  136.  Alternating current transformer
  137. Gasoline engine
  138. Monotype machine
  139. Contact lens
  140. Gramophone record
  141. Automobile, (gasoline)
  142. Kodak hand camera
  143. Ballpoint pen
  144. Kinematograph
  145. Automobile, (steam)
  146. Pneumatic Hammer
  147. Automobile Storage Battery
  148. Zipper
  149. Carborundum
  150. Color photography 
  151. Automatic telephone exchange 
  152. Wireless communication
  153. Disposable blades
  154. Diesel engine
  155. Radio signals
  156. Shredded Wheat
  157. Electric stove
  158. Automobile
  159. Remote control
  160. Automobile self starter
  161. Magnetic tape recorder
  162. Gas turbine
  163. Seed drill
  164. Piano
  165. Tuning fork
  166. Mercury thermometer
  167. Sextant
  168. Flying shuttle
  169. Franklin stove
  170. Flatboat
  171. Lightning rod
  172. Iron smelting process
  173. Carbonated water
  174. Water Frame
  175. Card teeth making machine
  176. Spinning mule
  177. Hot air balloon
  178. Bifocals
  179. Shrapnel shell
  180. Power loom Automatic flour mill
  181. Non-condensing high pressure Engine
  182. Cut and head nail machine
  183. Steamboat
  184. Artificial teeth
  185.  Cotton gin
  186. Optical telegraph
  187. Vaccination
  188. Lithography
  189. Seeding machine
  190. Telescope
  191. Microscope
  192. Automatic calculator
  193. Adding machine
  194. Barometer
  195. Vacuum pump
  196. Pendulum clock
  197. Steam engine
  198. Pocket watch
  199. Pendulum
  200. Stocking frame
  201. Thermometer
  202. Musket
  203. Pencil 
  204. Paper
  205. Wheelbarrow
  206. Horseshoes
  207. Stirrup
  208. Toothpaste
  209. Windmill 
  210. Gunpowder
  211. Parachute
  212. Horse collar
  213. Woodblock printing
  214. Porcelain
  215. Spinning wheel
  216. Soap
  217. Sledges
  218. The use of yeast for leavened bread
  219. Alphabet
  220. Glass
  221. Rubber
  222. Water clock
  223. Bells
  224. Coins
  225. Dental bridge
  226. Catapult 
  227. Compass
  228. Screw
  229. Crossbow 
  230. Astrolabe
  231. Parchment 
  232. Glassblowing
  233. Clockwork