How shall I spend my vacation? The question in 1914 according to Joseph M. Block, secretary of the Gibson Automobile Company located on North Capitol Ave in Indianapolis, was settled once and for all. “Nearly everyone is independent of the railroads nowadays, and the first breath of spring no longer means the beginning of a long and arduous study of railroad and steamship folders”.
Automobiles relieved the vacationer from visions of long, hot and dusty rides in a stuffy railroad train to reach sometimes overcrowded summer places. When traveling by auto the vision was cool vistas, shaded country roads, green fields, hills and valleys.
“Every year, said Block who distributed the Willys-Overland automobile, thousands more Americans are taking vacations in a motor car, and enjoying every minute of them. They come back from those trips rested in mind and body, refreshed and gloriously healthy from open air touring.” Overland dealers reported a rush of orders for spring delivery, because patrons wanted their cars early so that they could prepare for a real vacation.
It’s interesting how the automobile provided new mobility for the common man over 100 years ago. Just imagine getting in a touring car and motoring out of the metropolis into the country side back then. With our modern highway systems we can readily jump in our car and in a short time be in the country. For many of us the automobile is our primary means of vacation travel. We don’t have to rely on public or commercial means of transportation.
We’ve come a long way in 100 years. It’s time to take the car on vacation.
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