You’ve Come A Long Way Baby…

May 20, 2021 by  
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Oftentimes, when I see a headline or an issue here at Rare Newspapers, some old fashioned turn of phrase or idiom comes to mind and today was no exception. As I leafed through a volume of Harper’s Weekly’s looking for a customer request, I glanced through the issue dated one week earlier. “You’ve come a long way baby” sprang to mind as I paused to pour over the vintage automobile and tire ads in Harper’s Weekly’s “Annual Automobile Number” issue. Ironically, the front color cover had a baby in a 1912 car barely missing 1911, represented by an old man trudging across the road. These new cars must have seemed a tremendous upgrade from Henry Ford’s Model T in 1908 and may have caused a pedestrian on the curb to murmur, “We’ve come a long way baby”, however, I am sure their jaw would drop at the thought of electric and self-driving options 100+ years later.  These are the things Jules Verne dreamed of as he put pen to paper. I like to imagine that someday, a 100+ years from now, another person may very well see a newspaper from today with the headline: “Tesla’s Autopilot Technology Faces Fresh Scrutiny”(NYT) and quip, “We’ve come a long way baby”, as they climb into their hover car.

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2 Responses to “You’ve Come A Long Way Baby…”

  1. Thomas Frascella on June 27th, 2021 2:03 pm

    Hello, how are you? Just found this site. It is truly amazing. Wonderful history lessons

    everywhere you read here. Was checking to see if old newspaper items are bought by you as


    Thank you very much.


  2. GuyHeilenman on August 24th, 2021 9:46 am

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