|Le rapide aérien, Maison Ch. Rollet, France, 1933|
Read all about it here.
|The toy came with a cable and instruction leaflet.|
|The cabin is very light, all made out of aluminium.|
And the sticker says it would go all the way from Paris
to NYC ! Big, big cable...
|A rubber band for propulsion...The real thing would have had |
a 40 hp engine, and a propeller that could be inverted
at each end of the line, to avoid expensive roundabouts...
|Newspaper rendering of the time...|
In need of rolling stock ? The real system might have been "invented" a couple of years before, when Zeppelins were shot down above Paris.
|World War One. Nacelle of the Zeppelin L49 captured in Bourbonne-les-Bains |
(France) and displayed in the courtyard of the Invalides.
Paris (VIIth arrondissement). 1917. © Maurice-Louis Branger / Roger-Viollet