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What was the motor car revolution in the Twenties?

During the 1920s many people in Canada and the USA became car owners. This is what a motor car looked like in the 1920s.
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The motor car was not a new invention. The first motor car was made in 1886 by Karl Benz in Germany. At first the motor car was very expensive. Most people did not have enough money to buy a motor car.

In 1908 an American businessman, Henry Ford, began to make motor cars on an assembly line. This is a picture of an assembly line.
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The new motor cars move along an assembly belt and the workers make one part of the motor car. The assembly line made motor cars much cheaper. More people were able to buy a motor car.

Many workers had jobs now. Everyone had more money. The government began to make better roads. People began to travel more. The motor car had changed American society. The motor car had made a 'revolution'.

This is a picture of Henry Ford:
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Motor cars were now much cheaper to buy. This advertisement from 1926 tells us how much a motor car cost.


Motor cars were now much cheaper to buy. This advertisement from 1926 tells us how much a motor car cost.
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This is another advertisement from 1928.

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The motor car made life different in Canada and the USA. The motor cars of the 1920s were better made than before, but quite different from motor cars today. This is a picture of the dashboard of a motor car in 1920:

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This is a picture of the dashboard of a motor car in 2011:
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