The first commercially successful automobile
, with over 200 sold in the first year of production, 1897. In 1906 driver Fred Marriott did the flying mile in 28.2 seconds at Daytona Beach, a land speed record
of 127.66 mph that stood for eighty years.
The manifold effects of the invention of the starter motor by Cadillac, the introduction of the Model T by Henry Ford, and the Second World War combined to kill the steam-powered automobile; if we'd gone in a slightly different direction the world would be a much quieter and cleaner place.
The Stanley brothers also invented the dry-plate photography process, which they later sold to George Eastman, founder of Kodak.