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Rearview Mirrors

May 5, 2015

My recent contribution to “Curious Faith” – the blog of the Hudson River Presbytery

A Curious Faith

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I would like to introduce you to Dorothy Levitt, a pioneer woman motorist who provided the inspiration for the modern rearview mirror. In her 1906 book, The Woman and the Car, Dorothy Levitt “advised women to carry a hand mirror in the car’s tool chest located under the driver’s seat. Levitt suggested that the lady’s mirror could be used not only to restore her makeup after a windy drive but could also be held aloft frequently to check on the traffic behind her.”

In The Old Hermit’s Almanac, Roman Catholic liturgist and storyteller Edward Hays suggests that the next time we find ourselves glancing in our rearview mirrors, we should say a prayer of gratitude for Dorothy Levitt’s idea about being a good driver by watching the traffic behind us, and then goes on to suggest that “prayer is also a rearview mirror in which we can glance…

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