Tuesday, March 18, 2008


It would seem as though people in 1936 didn't really love their pets. The proof:

This is an actual article from Popular Mechanics, June 1936:
Dog Rides Comfortably in Sack on Running Board
When you take your dog along for a ride, but prefer not having it inside the car, it can ride safely and comfortably in this sack, which is carried on the running board. The bottom of the sack is clamped to the running board and the top is fastened to the lower part of an open window with hooks, covered with small rubber tubing to prevent marring the car.
Seriously?! Did people actually do this? How was this not considered completely inhumane? Poor, poor puppy. I'm glad we have at least progressed in this department in the last 70 odd years. Check out Fido now:

Now isn't that better?


Brad said...

Up until auto engineers developed working "crumple zones" and dealt with displacing the energy of impact (roughly sometime in the 1960's) If you were in a head-on collision the hood of your car was likely to come back through the windshield and sever your head.

This on top of having your entire chest crushed by the steering column (since you would not of been restrained by any seatbelt).

In my opinion, given the lax nature of automobile safety of that time period, strapping your pet to the rear fender is just par for the course.

And seriously, I KNOW some dogs out there who would friggin' LOVE this!

Anonymous said...

See here or here