About the Author

David Blanke is Joe B. Frantz Associate Professor of History at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. He earned his BS at the University of Kentucky and his MA and PhD at Loyola University Chicago.

Rise of the Automobile

Early Automobile Advertisements


Duke University's digital library provides a host of searchable advertising images. Here, students can discuss the ways the automobile provided access to the countryside to women and photo enthusiasts. An in-class discussion about other forms of leisure tied to mobility might help in grounding the concept of the cultural "multiplier effect" to the car.


Kodak. "Kodak, as you go." 1917. From Emergence of Advertising in America, 1850–1920, Digital Collections, Duke University Libraries.