Happy Birthday, Car

On this day in 1879, George Selden of Rochester, N.Y., filed for the first patent for an automobile. It was granted in 1895.

Purchased for three hundred dollars, my "Junior" was a 1969 Toyota Corolla, thin and pale as an eggshell, with such a weak engine that it would turn off when barrelling down a steep hill. There would be this odd quiet like riding a runaway bike, as Junior's wheels rotated like crazy and the tin body plummetted down the country roads of Bull Mountain, windows cranked down, while all the crosswinds couldn't rid this car of its wonderful smell: worn black leather, long-dead cigarettes, wool blankets, Hubba Bubba gum and hope.

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