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Smithsonian's "America on the Move" Exhibit -- September 2006

These are photos of the "America on the Move" exhibit of the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of American History. I shot them on Sept. 3, 2006 -- two days before the museum's closure for two years of renovation. This Washington, D.C., institution was reopened to the public on Nov. 21, 2008.

All the photos in this gallery are "as is" straight from a Nikon Coolpix P2. Post-processing is often helpful for images from this camera, but this time it was not needed. I handheld the P2 to shoot the photos, using ISO 400, available lighting and the incandescent white-balance setting -- except for a few shots that called for automatic white balance. I resized the original images for online viewing.

Most of the information in the captions were drawn from the exhibit. More details are available at http://americanhistory.si.edu/onthemove/exhibition/.

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This exhibit explores the role of  transportation in American history.
This exhibit explores the role of transportation in American history.
All the photos in this gallery were shot with a handheld Nikon Coolpix P2 ...
All the photos in this gallery were shot with a handheld Nikon Coolpix P2 ...
... at the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of American History ...
... at the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of American History ...
... on Sept. 3, 2006 -- two days before the museum was closed for a two-year renovation.
... on Sept. 3, 2006 -- two days before the museum was closed for a two-year renovation.
t6%2f21%2f783021%2f4%2f85318520.OuhogGVp.jpg Washington, D.C., 1900.
Washington, D.C., 1900.
A winter morning in Washington, 1900.
A winter morning in Washington, 1900.
Streetcars helped turn the city's outlying areas ...
Streetcars helped turn the city's outlying areas ...
... into new neighborhoods.
... into new neighborhoods.
This 1903 Winton was the first car to cross the United States.
This 1903 Winton was the first car to cross the United States.
In 1903, H. Nelson Jackson made the first successful transcontinental automobile trip. The journey was arduous and slow, but ...
In 1903, H. Nelson Jackson made the first successful transcontinental automobile trip. The journey was arduous and slow, but ...
... made headlines along its route. It helped prove that long-distance road travel was a real -- if tough -- possibility.
... made headlines along its route. It helped prove that long-distance road travel was a real -- if tough -- possibility.
This 1926 Ford Model T is on its side in a 1923 Turn-Auto, used to get at the bottom of the car for repairs.
This 1926 Ford Model T is on its side in a 1923 "Turn-Auto," used to get at the bottom of the car for repairs.
The Southern Railway's 1401 locomotive -- 90 feet long, 280 tons.
The Southern Railway's 1401 locomotive -- 90 feet long, 280 tons.
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Route 66 was commissioned in 1926 and fully paved by the late 1930s.
Route 66 was commissioned in 1926 and fully paved by the late 1930s.
It ran from Chicago to Los Angeles, connecting hundreds of small towns and providing a trucking route through the Southwest.
It ran from Chicago to Los Angeles, connecting hundreds of small towns and providing a trucking route through the Southwest.
The 1929 Oakland All-American Six sedan was a moderately priced, mass-produced luxury car.
The 1929 Oakland All-American Six sedan was a moderately priced, mass-produced luxury car.
Its fine body work, luxurious accessories and styling distinguished it from lower-priced sedans.
Its fine body work, luxurious accessories and styling distinguished it from lower-priced sedans.
1931 Ford Model AA truck.
1931 Ford Model AA truck.
t6%2f21%2f783021%2f4%2f85318499.4EXkBhHV.jpg By 1925, many tourists stayed in roadside cabins. Left: 1939 Plymouth P-8 Deluxe coupe.
By 1925, many tourists stayed in roadside cabins. Left: 1939 Plymouth P-8 Deluxe coupe.
This 36-passenger schoolbus has a 1936 body by Carpenter Body Works ...
This 36-passenger schoolbus has a 1936 body by Carpenter Body Works ...
... and a Dodge chassis.
... and a Dodge chassis.
It carried students to the Martinsburg School in Martinsburg, Indiana ...
It carried students to the Martinsburg School in Martinsburg, Indiana ...
... between 1936 and 1946.
... between 1936 and 1946.
1950 Buick Super ...
1950 Buick Super ...
... on display in a car dealership.
... on display in a car dealership.
Built in 1939, this Ford hot rod was typical of many that cruised in the '40s and '50s. Elvis Presley drove it in Loving You.
Built in 1939, this Ford hot rod was typical of many that cruised in the '40s and '50s. Elvis Presley drove it in "Loving You."
Harley-Davidson, rear, and Indian brand motorcycles dominated the market in the 1940s.
Harley-Davidson, rear, and Indian brand motorcycles dominated the market in the 1940s.
That's a 1950 Studebaker Champion Starlight Coupe behind the Harley.
That's a 1950 Studebaker Champion Starlight Coupe behind the Harley.
1945 Cushman Model 52 Pacemaker scooter, 1949 GMC Model FC-102 pickup truck, 1950 Studebaker Champion Starlight.
1945 Cushman Model 52 Pacemaker scooter, 1949 GMC Model FC-102 pickup truck, 1950 Studebaker Champion Starlight.
1955 Ford Country Squire station wagon.
1955 Ford Country Squire station wagon.
The station wagon became a symbol of postwar suburban life.
The station wagon became a symbol of postwar suburban life.
Kidillac pedal car and 1953 Schwinn Panther bicycle.
Kidillac pedal car and 1953 Schwinn Panther bicycle.
The inside of an L train in Chicago.
The inside of an "L" train in Chicago.
This 1950 Fageol Twin Coach Old Look liquefied-propane gas-powered bus was used in Omaha, Nebraska, in the 1950s and 1960s.
This 1950 Fageol Twin Coach "Old Look" liquefied-propane gas-powered bus was used in Omaha, Nebraska, in the 1950s and 1960s.
1977 Honda Civic. The Civic was one of the first popular Japanese imports.
1977 Honda Civic. The Civic was one of the first popular Japanese imports.
1967 Pontiac Grand Prix convertible.
1967 Pontiac Grand Prix convertible.
1984 Peterbilt truck.
1984 Peterbilt truck.
1986 Dodge Caravan. At the end of the 20th century, minivans became a symbol of suburbia.
1986 Dodge Caravan. At the end of the 20th century, minivans became a symbol of suburbia.
Highway patrol motorcycle, 1975. The California Highway Patrol became famous for its motorcycles.
Highway patrol motorcycle, 1975. The California Highway Patrol became famous for its motorcycles.
The American maritime exhibit.
The American maritime exhibit.
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