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The Automobile Research Photographic Collection documents NBS research on automobiles in the first half of the 20th century. Between 1920 and 1930 the number of cars registered in the United States leaped from 9 million to 26.5 million. NBS research on the automobile and airplane began as an effort to conserve the nation's supply of gasoline and oil. NBS hoped that better knowledge of fuels, ignition, lubrication, and carburation could assist in lowering the gasoline consumption of automobiles and therefore represent a savings to the country.  [From: Measures for Progress by R.C. Cochrane, p. 276]

 

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