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 THE AUTOMOBILE
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Mural detail: automobileThe automobile transformed American society. It revolutionized not only our travel, but also how and where we work, and where we live. A symbol of speed and freedom, cars are part of the body and soul of our everyday life. Americans, four percent of the world''s population, own 39% of the world''s cars.

In the panel pictured above, the car symbolizes the might of American industry. Here in regal color, this king of the road is a powerful product, emerging from the assembly line ready to roll.

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Did You Know?
The 1899 Kensington Stanhope was the first automobile manufactured in Buffalo.

In 1908, an American team in a Buffalo-built Thomas Flyer won the New York to Paris 14,000 mile automobile race.

By 1910, 3,600 people worked in the auto industry in Buffalo, making over a dozen namplate cars, all crafted by hand.

Buffalo''s Pierce-Arrow was known as the American Rolls Royce. Built in a North Buffalo plant, in its heyday the largest auto plant in the world and employing 10,000 workers.

After hitting a pedestrian on Delaware Avenue in the rain, John Oishei invented the windshield wiper in 1917, founding Trico to produce them.

Between 1895 and 1958, more than 30 makes of cars were produced in Buffalo, most early in the century.