Centerline: The Surprising History of Lane Markings

Using a line painted down the center of a road to denote lanes seems to be merely common sense. But it was an innovation that took a surprising amount of time to develop. The history of lane markings is a study in the rapid effect of new technologies, and the ability of a few people with a good idea to have a large impact.

The History Guy remembers the surprising history of lane markings.

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  1. The ‘Count of Auschwitz’…
    Captured in France in 1940, British soldier Charles Coward made nearly a dozen attempts to escape German captivity. In 1943, the Germans decided they were done fooling around with him and sent him to the Monowitz slave labour camp.
    Coward led his fellow Brits in smuggling food to Jewish inmates and passing coded notes to the Red Cross, who sent them back to England. At one point, he smuggled himself into the Auschwitz death camp for a night, then smuggled himself out and reported back to the British about what he’d seen. This hero bribed SS guards, saved at least 400 Jewish laborers, and gave testimony at the Nuremberg Trials.

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