Category Archives: Auto photos 1885 – 1920
Automotive advertising collector Alden Jewell came across this pair of Studebaker postcards and would like to know: “Who the leading actress was who used this car as a dressing room”? The pair of cards have been dated 1910, but we believe that the car above may date back to 1908 based on its design and the shape of its radiator and front fender.
Studebaker bought the chassis for its first gasoline cars starting in 1903 from the Garford Company of Elyria, Ohio, and later took control of the company and continued a relationship with it through the 1911 model year. The car on the postcard appears to be a 1908 Studebaker Model B 40 h.p. Touring Car as seen in the Motor magazine ad above right. In addition to the gas cars, the automaker also built a complete line of electric cars and trucks between the years of 1902 and 1912.
The article on the left and center above from the Horseless Age, March 1907 issue describes the 28-32 h.p. car that was similar to the 1908 model. On the above right is an ad from the November 1907, Motor showing the 1908 models that were available.
The Studebaker Electric Truck postcard above shows an injured elephant that was named either Maude or Mille. She is seen with a bandaged left front leg and the text on the card tells how the truck was being used as an ambulance to take her to a vet. The article on the left and center below from the May 1908, Auto Trade Journal, shows and describes an identical five-ton truck and a smaller U.S. Navy ambulance.
Interestingly on the right above is an ad found in the January 11, 1908, Automobile Topics showing the Garford Light Electric Wagon; it is quite similar to the smaller Studebaker unit, which may indicate that Garford might have used the Studebaker chassis for its truck?
Old car dealership photos are always of interest to us, and we have put together an assortment of pre-war photos, some of which are identified. Just above is the Highland Nash Agency at 6330 Woodward Avenue in Detroit, Michigan. Out front of the operation are what appear to be a 1926 or 1927 Nash Light-Six Sedan and a late teens or early twenties Pierce-Arrow Touring Car.
On the left above is, the A.E. Tourssen Motor Co. used car lot photographed in May of 1937 in Utah. In the center above is Koeppel Auto Sales, a Packard dealership that was located in Jamaica, New York, on Long Island. On the right above is an unknown Studebaker Dealer in 1940 with a photo showing participation in some type of an endurance run.
On the left above is the Beveridge Motor Co., a Model T Ford Dealer photographed circa 1920, located in Salt Lake City, Utah, on East Broadway. The Packard Dealership in the center above is identified as being an Albert Kahn designed facility that was apparently located in New York City. The photo on the right above does not appear to be an actual Auburn Dealers building, but rather has the appearance of being taken at an auto show.
If you can fill in more details or dates on any of the photos above please send us a comment. The photos are via Vintage Automobile Dealerships and Automobilia.
Percy F. Megargel and David F. Fassett, a skilled mechanic from the Reo Factory, can be seen above right in the Reo Mountaineer, after driving from New York City to Portland, Oregon and return. The trip started in the summer of 1905, and the pair arrived back in New York on June 9, 1906, after having traveled close to 12,000 miles.
Two years earlier, there had been three notable transcons: Jackson and Crocker in the Winton, Whitman and Hammond in the Oldsmobile, and Fetch and Krarup in the Packard, all going from west to east.
The Automobile, August 17, 1905, issue tells us the reason for the journey: “Mr. Megargel will make the trip in the interest of the American Motor League, of which association he is a member, the main purpose being to gather reliable data with regard to the condition of the roads, the grades to be encountered, streams to be forded, distances from place to place, available stopping places and gasoline supply houses.”
The top photo is from the Detroit Publishing Company, courtesy of Shorpy. The photo below, from The Horseless Age August 8, 1905 issue, shows Megargel, the Mountaineer and Fassett before leaving New York City in 1905. Full details of the trip can be found in The Automobile June 14, 1906 issue in the center above.