1920's technology: Transportation

By: Shashwat Sharma and Tanvir Bhamber


Cars were relatively new technology at the time so only the wealthy could afford them. Henry Ford changed that by introducing cars affordable to average Americans and Canadians. He did so by mass producing his vehicles using assembly line and were build exactly the same ways as the rest. Ford went on to release the Model T for average Canadians. Vehicles made it easier for families in rural areas to travel to a town or city, to travel to school, and travelling to buy goods. The drawback was that most vehicles at the time would get stuck in mud or snow. The introduction of cars greatly increased the american economy as larger american companies were buying out smaller Canadian companies. Though it also did improve Canada's economy as drivers would need to fill up cars with oil. The Canadian government was also investing in roads and bridges in cities while in rural areas the government only build dirt roads.


After the end of world war one many pilots continued to fly. They did so by performing stunts at fairs or amusement parks. Planes were used to send mail to remote locations in the country.Planes were used in relief efforts during wildfires or to quickly send support after a disaster and spreading of diseases.Many pilots were hired as bush pilots who moved people and supplies to remote areas. Bush pilots helped open the northern Canadian frontier by flying supplies and geologists into area. Wilford May ( Canadian ww1 ace ) started his own airline which performed stunts and delivered supplies. Later in 1924 the Canadian government formed the Royal Canadian air force. In 1927 small flyers were used to fly people to cities. That same year an american pilot made the first non-stop trip from New York to Paris bringing the possibility of international travel. Though international travel did not take place until the 1930s .