American Machinist

The need for speed. (100 Years Ago In ... American Machinist).

IN ITS JUNE 4, 1903, ISSUE, AMERICAN MACHINIST RAN AN excerpt from the magazine The Horseless Age about a new disease called Automania, defined by the Hypnologie et de Psychologie, Paris.

"Persons in position to increase their speed at will are simply carried away by the consciousness thereof. They no longer have control of themselves; they are intoxicated. They then develop characteristics, which are foreign to them when in the normal state: boastfulness, combativeness, and violence. These characteristics vary in form and degree, but many attain a maximum in the cyclist and automobilist. …

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