THE FLYING MACHINE: A Stagecoach Journey in 1774 by John J. Loeper

THE FLYING MACHINE: A Stagecoach Journey in 1774

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The biggest surprise here is that ""the flying machine"" is not an airplane, but the Swift-Sure Line's name for its express stagecoach which covers the York Road between Philadelphia and New York in a mere two days. The journey, and the inns frequented along the way, are seen through the eyes of young David, who is pleased to ride beside the coachman and blow his brass horn. David's experiences tell us much of interest about overland travel in 1774 and are intermittently amusing, but unlike Tunis' older, more elaborate Tavern at the Ferry (1973), and particularly when the travelers' conversation turns to the latest news about Patrick Henry, one never quite forgets that The Flying Machine is merely the vehicle for a leisurely, extra credit sidetrip. A pleasant enough itinerary.

Pub Date: Jan. 28th, 1976
Page count: 80pp
Publisher: Atheneum