Langdon Clay spent two years in the 1970s roaming the streets of New York at night, photographing parked and abandoned cars, a period when America was producing some of the most distinctive cars ever made. Forty years later the collection has been published in his new book, Cars – New York City 1974-1976
After Mary Anderson submitted her patent for America’s first windshield wiper in 1903, she reached out to manufacturing firms to help create the product for automobiles.
One firm she reached out to responded with, “We regret to state we do not consider it to be of such commercial value as would warrant our undertaking its sale.“
The Rev. Sara-Scott Wingo, Anderson’s great-great-niece, doesn’t know for sure why Anderson’s invention never went anywhere — but she suspects it might have been because Anderson was such an independent woman.