Autotrivia Quiz – Friday February 15 – February 21, 2013


Last week I asked what significant motoring news happened in Camden, NJ in 1933?  It was the opening of the first Drive-In movie theatre, attended by 600 motorists.  (From the History website: Richard Hollingshead, a movie fan, came up with the idea of an open-air theater where patrons watched movies in the comfort of their own automobiles.  The young entrepreneur received a patent for the concept in May of 1933 and opened Park-In Theaters, Inc. less than a month later, with an initial investment of $30,000.  The idea caught on, and after Hollingshead’s patent was overturned in 1949, drive-in theaters began popping up all over the country.  One of the largest was the All-Weather Drive-In of Copiague, New York, which featured parking space for 2,500 cars, a kid’s playground and a full service restaurant, all on a 28 acre lot.)

So to this week.  Who invented the first practical windscreen wiper?  Clue: 1911.

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