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Launched on December 30, 1899, the sidewheeler Tashmoo spent its career carrying passengers between Detroit and Port Huron, Michigan. With a 2,500-horsepower triple-expansion steam engine, Tashmoo was capable of 23 miles per hour, making it one of the fastest passenger steamers on the Great Lakes. Tashmoo was scrapped after being damaged by a submerged rock in 1936.
The Country Squire was Ford Motor Company's top-of-the-line station wagon throughout its production run from 1950 to 1991. Ford downsized its full-size cars -- including the Country Squire -- for the 1979 model year. The 1979 wagon was 11 inches shorter and some 1,000 pounds lighter than the previous year's model.
In this image, Jack Kelley of Herman Miller Research Corporation uses the first computer mouse and a "chording keyboard" while inventor Douglas Engelbart observes. The setup being tested was used in Engelbart's 1968 demonstration of the oN-Line System. Many computing "firsts" occurred at this "Mother of All Demos," including Kelley's own innovation--the tray shown here is the first mousepad.
Ford Motor Company established the core of its aerospace division in 1956. Based in Newport Beach, California, the division manufactured satellites, missiles, and defense systems. It also played an important role in developing the Mission Control facility near Houston, Texas, that directed NASA's Gemini and Apollo space missions. Ford sold its aerospace division in 1990.
By the end of the 19th century, Americans could purchase a ready-made coffin from a local storekeeper instead of having one made by a cabinetmaker. This child's coffin, found in a general store in rural Georgia, is similar to others available through late-19th-century funeral supply company catalogs. A removeable viewing lid allowed a grieving family one last look at a departed loved one.
Innovations in plastics and injection-molding led to the availability of affordable snow globes for the mass public. These became integrally linked with roadside travel, sold as tourist souvenirs. Liberty Island--part of the borough of Manhattan in New York but located in New Jersey waters--includes the Statue of Liberty, shown here against the New York City skyline.
In 1869, the transcontinental railroad opened eastern markets to the West Coast produce industry for the first time. As produce companies shipped crates of fruits and vegetables across the country, they needed a way to distinguish their goods from their competitors'. Colorful, eye-catching labels, like this one for Black Bear Brand Zinfandel Grapes, were created to attract grocers purchasing goods from wholesale markets.