Exciting news! We now have the complete run of Scientific American via Nature Journals.
So that means the full-text of the journal (PDF) from 1845-present. Including cool stuff like this story from 1845 on Improved Rail-Road Cars. Yes, those "awkward and uncouth cars of '35" were terrible and these new cars can go "flying at the rate of 30 or 40 miles per hour." Is that possible? Can the human body even sustain that kind of speed?!
(Click on the image to read.)