Watching a few minutes of the movie "The Magnicent Ambersons" yesterday, again a trip back in time. You could say back to the forties at least when the movie was made, see Joseph Cotten and the rest when they were young, and alive actually, or further back, to the time of the story.
The scene I'm referring to they were out in a Brass Era Motorcar, don't know the make, in the movie it was supposed to be a Morgan, I believe. It was so real it was astounding. The car, new in the movie, was so old it had steel wheels, in fact the car was basically a carriage. An open car, they were using lap robes and winter clothes to stay warm, but I felt the cold just watching. They were stuck in the snow, steel rim wheels not only don't give much of a ride, they apparently don't give any traction in the snow. One of the women was talking about her father saying he was soon going to have wheels with rubber tires filled with air. "Filled with air," another exclaims, "what keeps them from exploding?" Finally one of the men pushes the car until it finally gets a grip in the snow and takes off, as he jumps aboard the back.
A perfect example of movies being a window into the past.