A World Without Rubber

What happens when you need tires but lack the rubber with which to make them? Here’s a look at how life changed in Germany during World War I when the country was prevented from importing “black gold.”

A car in Germany with “Eisenreifen”— steel tires — during World War I. From Der Weltkrieg in Bildern und Dokumenten by Hans F. Helmolt. http://resolver.staatsbibliothek-berlin.de/SBB0000A9DA00000000

Rubber, wrote Marcel Chausson in his doctoral thesis in 1912, is one of the “essential…