1920s: Gatsby and Automobiles
Since the 1920s, automobiles have changed and evolved dramatically, and periodically.
In The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald, the novel contains a lot of connection to automobiles in that time. In the novel, Nick states, “I’d seen it. Everybody had seen it. It was a rich cream color, bright with nickel, swollen here and there in its monstrous length with triumphant hat-boxes and supper boxes and tool boxes, and terraced with a labyrinth of wind shields that mirrored a dozen suns. Sitting down behind a many layers of glass in a sort of green leather conservatory, we started to town.” This quote describes Gatsby’s car in a long extravagant way. Fitzgerald uses imagery to paint that picture of his car in your head. It seems that Gatsby’s automobile is way different than an average car today. Something as simple as a windshield has differentiation in today’s windshield as it “mirrors a dozen suns.” Gatsby’s car in the 1920s shows how unique automobiles were at their near start.
The Great Gatsby does have some description of what automobiles were like in the 1920s but to look into that category, the transportation four- wheeled controlled automobile was much simpler, showing the evolution of cars. In the 20s, cars were much more affordable to increase the population and production of cars. In addition, not as many car companies started to manufacture so there were only a few companies. For example, Ford was a main car company in America selling around a quarter of the United States’ automobiles. On the other hand, roads were just starting to form but most roads were horse trails. In the mid-20s, the state governments supplied 37% of road funding while the federal government and the local governments supplied 63%. While horse made trails and roads prevailed, roads were a matter of local production. As new roads were starting to form, street signs and traffic controlling started to expand, especially in dense populations. The...