Jaywalking simply didn’t exist before the automobile, so how did it — both the term and the crime — come about? According to this deep dive into the history of jaywalking, it was actually a concerted effort by automakers to clear the streets of pedestrians that gave rise to the concept that simply walking in or across a public street should be criminal.
* Like jaywalking, motels were a 20th-century development that directly resulted from the advent of the automobile. However, they also drew the ire of J. Edgar Hoover and all sorts of pearl-clutching Americans during the mid-century era due to their supposed widespread seediness. Over at the Society for Commercial Archeology, Lyell Henry dug into the history of the “motel menace.”
* Officially, this year’s Hearse Fest in Hell, Michigan, isn’t taking place. Unofficially, thousands of people and as many as 100 hearses will still gather there later this month.
* The last official Checker is in the Gilmore Museum, but as the Internet Checker Taxicab Archive pointed out this week, a number of Checkers still left the factory after 1982, in some cases years later.
* Finally, Mac’s Motor City Garage recently posted this short video from GM’s introduction of the Rochester fuel injection system in 1957.