Roller skaters at Galveston Beach, Texas in the early 1980s.
Lupita Nyong’o hits the beach in Wailea, Hawaii on June 4, 2014
Frank Julian Sprague, circa early 1900s, pioneer of electrification and referred to as the “father of electric traction”. Often considered the inventor of public transportation, Sprague made enormous contributions in the areas of control and safety, without which mass transit would not be possible. Sprague developed automatic signal and brake control for railroads, and an auxiliary train control to take charge if the driver made a mistake and was active in the planning and construction of New York City’s subway system, and in the electrification of Grand Central Terminal. Sprague’s son, Robert Sprague, was the founder of Sprague Electric, a long running electric manufacturer in Quincy, MA.
Robert’s son John Sprague (Frank’s grandson) is giving a talk on the history of Sprague Electric on Sunday, June 8th, 2014, at the Williamstown Museum in Williamstown, MA.