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Planes, Trains and Automobiles: Design Line    by Chris Oxlade & Mike Lemanski order for
Planes, Trains and Automobiles
by Chris Oxlade
Order:  USA  Can
Candlewick, 2014 (2014)
* *   Reviewed by Bob Walch

This concertina fold-out book features one hundred iconic boats, bikes, trains and other modes of transportation that exhibit a creative excellence which make them stand out from the competition.

The fold-out stretches to just over six feet. On side are the illustrations and the back has the date and a bit of information about the machine. For example, you'll discover that in 1894 the Turbinia appeared in England and was the first ship powered by a steam turbine. Designed by Charles Parsons, the vessel was the fastest ship in the world at the time.

Grouped by time periods, you also notice that during the 1920s the Ford Trimotor airplane and the Hudson streamliner appeared as did the Bugatti Type 41 Royale auto and the Indian Chief motorcycle.

From the horse drawn Hansom Cab and the Fokker Dr-1 fighter plane to the Lunar Rover and segway, you'll discover a wide array of machines for moving people and goods from one place to another.

Although not a book in the traditional sense, this unusual fold-out is a visual delight with lots of interesting information. All you'll need is a space to spread it out!

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