Crash Photos From The Beginning Of Motoring Are Stunningly Beautiful

Cars nowadays are built to not only be strong, but to also look brawny and tough. Cars from before the Great Depression, on the other hand, have a certain style and flair, characterized by a spindly, delicate, almost spidery look. And they didn't just look dainty, they were dainty. Which was apparent when they crashed. » 9/13/14 12:23pm 9/13/14 12:23pm

Take A Lap Of The Monaco Grand Prix Track In An Original Silver Arrow

Yeah, the Monaco Grand Prix is great and all now, but the real glory days were back before the War, when many of the legends were still being created. Legends like the Auto Union Silver Arrows, pounding through the streets of Monte Carlo. And now you can ride onboard with another legend. » 5/24/14 3:48pm 5/24/14 3:48pm

​These Gorgeous Stones Are Actually Polished Chunks Of Car Paint

You won't find Fordite digging through your backyard. It's also called Detroit Shale, but it's not a mineral or a gemstone. It's actually dozens of layers of baked paint culled from auto factories and polished into everything from pebbles to earrings. It could be the most Jalopnik jewelry in existence, if there is… » 5/23/14 9:00pm 5/23/14 9:00pm

British Pathé Is The Best Treasure Trove Of Crazy Vehicular Videos

Yesterday we featured a video of the Dynasphere, a crazy electric monowheel-thing from the 1930s. That was pretty neat, but the truth is, it comes from a wondrous cache of old-timey videos. It's called British Pathé and it's a great way to lose hours and hours. » 4/24/14 7:00pm 4/24/14 7:00pm

The Man Who Invented The Telephone Was A Secret Speed Freak

On February 14th, 1876, Alexander Graham Bell got his name put in the history books when he beat fellow inventor Elisha Gray to the patent office with his new creation, the telephone. And while the telephone's importance to humanity is neat, it's not exactly Bell's most adrenaline-pumping idea. For that, you need… » 1/18/14 12:30pm 1/18/14 12:30pm

How The Ruins Of Europe Built A Major Road In America

To say Europe was in ruins after World War II would be using understatement. Cities were destroyed. Villages were obliterated. Societies themselves would take decades of rebuilding. Out of all that rubble, though, emerged one road in New York that's often overlooked: the arterial FDR Drive. » 12/21/13 12:00pm 12/21/13 12:00pm

The Mayflower Could Be Stuck In The Middle Of England

America is the Land Of The Free And The Home Of The Brave (TM), and as such it is built on a number of Great Founding Myths (TM). One of the myths that gets re-told to hapless schoolchildren this time of year is the story of the Pilgrims, who came on their boat, the Mayflower. But what happened to the boat? » 11/30/13 12:00pm 11/30/13 12:00pm

This Is How Stone-Cold Cool Bike Tricks Were In The 1950s

You kids these days, thinking you invented everything and you're so "cool" and you even invented the word "cool." When you're sitting down for awkward Thanksgiving dinner with your grandparents, just remember it was their generation that had these hilarious bike tricks. » 11/30/13 11:00am 11/30/13 11:00am

The World Was Awesome When Airships And Blimps Ruled The Skies

At the turn of the 20th century planes were still in their infancy, but people still wanted to get off the ground and go somewhere while doing it. That's when everybody got into blimps, and their rigid cousins, airships. And goddamn were they pretty. » 10/13/13 12:43pm 10/13/13 12:43pm

How Underwater Drones Are Searching For the Lost Pilots of WWII

Deep below the Pacific Ocean, dozens of WWII pilots are lying in watery graves, still inside the aircraft took them across the sky decades ago. It's far too late for a rescue, but as Popular Science explains, the people behind the BentProp Project—and their undersea drones—are surfacing these soldiers' incredible… » 8/18/13 4:25pm 8/18/13 4:25pm

Valentina Grizodubova: The Soviet Amelia Earhart

While American women were restricted to administrative flying missions during wartime, more than a thousand Russian women flew combat missions. Valentina Grizodubova was one of them. Women had served in combat positions in the Soviet Union as early as World War I. Together, Russia and the surrounding countries were… » 7/29/13 1:16pm 7/29/13 1:16pm

Check Out These Beautiful Photos From The Apollo 11 Moon Mission

Yesterday was the 44th anniversary of the first time humans set foot upon the Moon, when the Lunar Module of Apollo 11 landed on July 20th, 1969. Astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin took plenty of stunning photos, and here are a few shots from angles you may not have seen before. » 7/21/13 12:03pm 7/21/13 12:03pm

Watch What Subways Looked Like 100 Years Ago

You can tell from the construction of New York City's new 7 train extension that building subways is no easy task. That makes it all the more impressive that subways were up and running 100 years ago. And even more amazingly, they don't even look all that different. » 7/20/13 10:33am 7/20/13 10:33am

A Rotating Bus Turntable Lurks Beneath A Grimy Times Square Hotel

One of the joys of living in a big city is finding out how much of the city survives from years gone by, just beneath the tinsel of renovation. That's part of the reason why I found this old rotating bus turntable beneath a dirty Times Square hotel so fascinating. » 7/14/13 12:30pm 7/14/13 12:30pm

Check Out These Gorgeous Color Photos From World War II

As the generation that fought World War II passes on, it can be difficult for younger people to remember that it was a war fought not by the elderly in black and white, but by millions of Americans in vivid color. These gorgeous images, via Shorpy, remind us just how vivid that war was. » 6/30/13 12:48pm 6/30/13 12:48pm

Trains Used To Drive Down The Goddamn Street In New York City

Driving in a big city can be tough enough, what with pedestrians darting out everywhere and potholes and taxi drivers that seem to have a death wish. But hey, at least you don't run the risk of getting hit by a giant goddamn train every day. » 6/15/13 11:00am 6/15/13 11:00am

San Francisco's 1958 'Cyclone' Bus Duster

The 1950's were perhaps the peak of American Culture. The Post-War economy was booming and a future of flying cars driven by robot housemaids was all but guaranteed. On the West Coast, one local transit authority even had a bus just for cleaning other busses. » 4/07/12 4:00am 4/07/12 4:00am

I Don't Understand Why Auto Polo Never Caught On, It Looks So Safe

If there's any debate as to why the NAPL—or National Auto Polo League—doesn't exist, these photos from the Library of Congress will render it moot. I mean the Civil War probably resulted in fewer deaths and injury. » 3/06/12 3:45pm 3/06/12 3:45pm

Once upon a time, tricycles were responsible for 130,000 injuries

The tricycle is not commonly associated with instability and safety hazards. But according to an old article from the Milwaukee Journal, the Tricycle of yore was a blood and tears factory for the youth of America. » 11/11/11 12:30pm 11/11/11 12:30pm