Photograph of "Fawkes' Folly", an experimental monorail car built by J.W. Fawkes, adorned with flags and decorations, in Burbank, ca.1910. The cigar-shaped trolley is attached to an overhead track, which is supported by wooden beams. It appears to be in motion with its propeller spinning. Several spectators stand at right stand at a safe distance to watch the trolley as it passes them. A man runs ahead of the trolley towards the trees in the distance. To the left of the trolley and its supporting rails is a fence. Beyond the fence are more trees, shrubbery and bushes. Caption reads: "Aerial Trolley Car Co. Inc., J.W. & E.C. Fawkes, Patentees., Burbank, Cal.", "Burbank, Ca, Aerial Trolley (Built by Joseph Fawkes), ca.1910".; "The population of the town [Burbank] was 500 when the voters approved incorporation in 1911. That same year, civic boosters began a campaign to have the Pacific Electric Streetcar line extended from Glendale into Burbank. The citizens of Burbank had to put up a $48,000 subsidy to get the reluctant P.E. officials to agree. The first Red Car rolled into Burbank on September 6, 1911. Leading the opposition to the public fundraising was J.W. Fawkes, who had patented the first monorail car in the United States. He built a prototype on his Burbank ranch, running a line between Lake and Flower Streets. Fawkes called his invention the "Aerial Swallow." City officials, however, called it "Fawkes' Folly" and the proposed monorail system never materialized." -- unknown author.