Published on 22 December 2015

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Made by the U.S. Department of Agriculture in the 1920s, "Wheels of Progress" is a silent educational film that contains fascinating footage of horses, buggies, bicycles and early automobiles. The film notes that even "25 years ago" a 25-mile trip was very, very far. Now thanks to the automobile, distances are shorter. However as the film shows at the 2:09 mark, early automobiles were far from reliable. The film shows an early traffic jam at the 3:00 mark, and contains lots of shots of cars sharing roads with animal-drawn carts and wagons. Military trucks are seen at the 4 minute mark, with troops being taken into combat. An early snow plow is shown at 4:25. Buses are shown at the 4:40 mark, including double decker varieties. A trolley car is seen taking passengers from a bus at 5:00, and a bus terminal and inter-city bus ride immediately following. At the 6:20 mark, an automobile assembly line is seen, probably Studebaker.

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