The Meeting of the Moderns, Circa 1934

This great photo appeared in newspapers in March of 1934. The accompanying story noted the striking resemblance between the two aerodynamic “moderns” depicted, a 1934 Chrysler Airflow sedan and the “Union Pacific Railroad’s new lightweight, streamlined train.” It was noted that the train was powered by a 600hp distillate-burning engine that could attain speeds of 110 mph while the Chrysler engine had 130-hp and could reach speeds of 100 mph. The ultra-streamlined Airflow was innovative, but that didn’t translate into popularity with the car-buying public, and it was only produced through 1937.

1934 Desoto Airflow with the waterfall grille