[LMB] OT: School days

Pat Mathews MATHEWS55 at msn.com
Thu Aug 4 02:43:04 BST 2016

I still remember a singing commercial for a San Francisco firm called "Four Wheel Brakes." Back in the 1950s. Probably founded back around the time when they were first comong into use.

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On Wed, 3 Aug 2016 15:26:01 -0600, Zan Lynx <zlynx at acm.org> wrote:

>But yeah the brakes on cars have always been all four wheels

Not so!

In the early days, it was common to have brakes only on the driven

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At the January 1923 New York Automobile Show only two manufacturers,
Duesenburg (hydraulic brakes) and Rickenbacker (mechanical brakes)
offered cars with four-wheel brakes.

A year later the number had increased to 26 of the 72 manufacturers
present; offering four-wheel brakes as standard fit or as an option.

A report published in 1929 stated: "70% of British, US and Continental
cars in Britain in 1924 were rear-braked only. By 1929 that figure had
reduced to 1%".
The Betteridge law of headlines states that "any headline which ends
in a question mark can be answered by the word no".
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