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Call for papers for 18th Annual T²M Conference

Belts and Roads: Governmental Visions for Transport and Mobility. Strategic Transport Infrastructures and the State The International Association for the History of Transport, Traffic and Mobility (T²M) calls for papers to be presented at its 18th annual conference, which will take place in Shanghai, People’s Republic of China, on 22 – 24 October 2020. Conference […]

People-Works: The Labor of Transport, An Online Exhibit

We are excited to publish our first online exhibit, a peer-reviewed digital edited volume of cutting-edge historical research that incorporates visual and multimedia components. Our guest editor Kate McDonald has spent the past year working with the authors of this collection and developing its structure. Think of it as a hybrid of what you would […]

People-Works: The Labor of Transport, An Introduction

Editor’s Introduction What would the history of transportation look like if the stories were about people rather than machines? About the constant presence of human power instead of the rise, expansion, and decline of transportation networks? The exhibits that follow tell the histories of the people without whom transportation systems would not function. From brick […]

Hand-Made Streets: The Role of Labor in Making, Installing and Maintaining Street Pavement Prior to the Dominance of Asphalt

Robin B. Williams, Savannah College of Art and Design Table of Contents Street Pavements before Asphalt The Labor of Street Paving Cleaning Streets Heritage Work Notes Introduction The paving of streets with macadam, blocks or bricks represented a vital development in the modernization of cities beginning in the nineteenth century. It also represented the product […]

Maintaining Safety Through Regulatory Enforcement

Lee Vinsel, Virginia Tech Table of Contents Introduction How Can Danger Go Unnoticed? Crash Tests as Necessary Work Instrumenting a Car for Crashing How to Standardize a Wall Fiat’s Non-Conforming Testing Grounds Keeping Dangerous Technologies Off the Road Notes Introduction Figure 1. A Parking Lot Full of Cars That Were Traded in Because They Contained Defective […]

African Automobility: Mammy Trucks In Twentieth-Century Ghana

Jennifer Hart, Wayne State University Table of Contents Body work Mammy trucks Training drivers Testing officers Local transport cultures “Modern men” Trotro – a “proper” car Urbanization and technological change New models, old business Economic crisis and creativity Conclusion References Introduction This exhibit uses a technological object – the “mammy truck” – as a framework […]