I have been known to go off on tangents in the blog, and this is one of them for sure, but since when did it become necessary for automobile drivers to have licenses. The reason I ask is because it was the first time that citizens essentially had to carry identification papers. Did the early licenses have photographs? I can’t imagine that a license is much proof of identification without a photograph so was there a merger, a point in time when photographs became widely available and it then made I.D. licenses for automobiles possible?
I never heard of anyone needing a license in the old west to ride a horse, or to take a ride in a surrey (with a fringe on top). It would be ironic to find out that the near universal i.d. (the drivers license) didn’t come into existence until the advent of easy-to-make photographs.
This doesn’t fall under the category of whining – just idle curiosity.