VIDEO: “The greatness of America has been that we are never content to stop at the horizon we can see”
As we celebrate the history of America, let’s also celebrate the importance of the automobile in shaping our country over the last 100 years.
This short film from 1952 takes you back, no? Who knew a car horn was a G note combined with an E-flat? Or that there were (are?) full-time jobs to check the car horn called toot testers??
The closing remarks (9:31) are as true today as they were in 1952:
“Our horizons have been expanded by the motor car. And the greatness of America has been that we are never content to stop at the horizon we can see. We know there is another horizon beyond.
If we are to fully realize the motor car’s vast potential for good, we must care for it wisely. The motor car has been the key to open new horizons— not for the few, but for all. If we plan for the future, if we look ahead to clear all obstacles and roadblocks, if we recognize the importance of this great individual freedom of movement, the motor car will be the key to our ever-widening horizons of tomorrow.”
Happy birthday, America.