Category Archives: Steam Powered
A photo dating to the 1920′s showing a 1912 Stanley model 87 seven passenger touring in New Hampshire. This was one of the largest passenger cars Stanley ever built, using a 30hp engine and an aluminum skinned body. There are only three surviving examples of this vehicle out of 17 manufactured in 1912, this being one of the survivors. The gentleman on the running board is Clinton Atkinson, about whom we have previously posted. Photo courtesy of Bruce Atkinson.
In the world of Stanley steam cars, the name Clinton H. Atkinson is well known. For those who do not know about him, some highlights are well worth sharing here. In this photograph, a young Clint is standing next to his 1904 model C, a rare Stanley of which there are no surviving examples. He went on to own many other Stanleys, including a number surviving to the present.
Atkinson was also a railroad engineer in his home state of New Hampshire, and is to be credited with designing two items many of us are familiar with – the steam whistle found on many restored Stanleys, and the deck gun found on modern fire fighting apparatus. Clint’s grandson Bruce has an interesting website with more on the man and his cars.
We believe that this maybe a 1910 or 1911 White 20 h.p. touring, just from judging by the size of it. This is factory photograph of a car with quite a bit of wear and tear on it. The building in the background has a sign on the side of the door which reads White and must have been one of the companies buildings. Hopefully there may be a White expert in the audience who can date and verify the h.p. of the Whites in this series of photos we have run. Photo courtesy of Alan Ballard.
A crew in an unknown location finishing off a road by rolling small stone into hot tar or asphalt from the tar pots at the far right. This was an early method and a later treatment was to spray hot tar or oil onto a road and then spread sand onto it. The Old Motor postcard.