Thursday, September 8, 2016
By the arrival of the twentieth century in the western Massachusetts city of Springfield, there was a mood of such robust swagger that nothing seemed impossible, Her citizens considered themselves uniquely energetic, optimistic, and self-reliant. They bragged about their Yankee ingenuity. Factories were pioneering in mass production, yielding a torrent of moving things; guns, watches, machine parts, bicycles, motorcycles, tires, toys, ice skates, roller skates, railroad and trolley cars, and both Duryea and Knox gasoline-powered automobiles. Such a pace encouraged eccentrics and inventors, and, as the population passed sixty-two thousand, tinkering was everyman's pastime, and patents a common dream.
-Judith and Neil Morgan, Dr. Seuss & Mr. Geisel