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Scott Martin
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iconnumber posted 02-04-2007 11:48 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Scott Martin     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
    Tiffany at Union Square, New York, NY Circa 1899

I think it is interesting that they painted in figures and carriages.

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What I find most interesting is that four wheeled thing in the lower right foreground. What is it?

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It is a Wood's Electric Hansom of 1898. It was designed as a city cab and had a top speed of 12 mph. It ran three hours on a battery charge and cost $3,050.

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An electric powered vehicle? What a silly idea!

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Fascinating! Thanks for posting that, Scott.

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I think it is interesting that they painted in figures and carriages.

Was there such a thing as the wrong side of the road back then?

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Here is an explanation or at least one version of why some countries drive on the right and others on the left .

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iconnumber posted 02-04-2007 11:33 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for swarter     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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“Visitors are informed that in the United Kingdom traffic drives on the left-hand side of the road. In the interests of safety, you are advised to practise this in your country of origin for a week or two before driving in the UK.”

Yeah, right. This is so you will lose your license before you leave, and they won't have to honor it in Britain, thus keeping you off the roads there!
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According to the timeline given in the article, whomever placed those carriages in the photo put them on the wrong side of the road.

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