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Vintage Women and the Automobile No.1

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  • A circa 1910 Alco Seven Passenger Touring car.

Today being a quite Sunday is the perfect time for something a little different than our everyday car coverage. It has been a while since our post last fall covering women’s involvement with the automobile, both driving and accompanying them. At that time we covered the Concours D’Elegance in France, but most of today’s eclectic selection of photos are from back home here in America.

The photos in this post begin at 1906 and range on up to about 1934. The mix includes racing cars, an electric pulling an ice conditioning machine, a ballerina on a radiator cap and a number of Hollywood film stars. We will describe and caption them the best we can, but if you can add anything to a cars description please do. All photos are courtesy of Vintage Women. You can also see hundreds of other photos showing women’s involvement with the automobile here.

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  • 1906 BLM, Marie Foster – Elsie Janis with Vanderbilt Cup Race drivers, 1906 – Anna Held a Ziegfeld girl in a 1910 Mercer.

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  • Actress Dorothy Klewer and a ice-grooming machine, 1917 – Hope Hampton and a 1922 Oldsmobile – An unknown ballerina on a 1927 Chevrolet radiator cap.

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  • Actress Peggy Worth, 1924 – Actress Natalie Kingston and the Jackman Special, 1927 –  Actress Anita Page and a 1928 Packard Phaeton.

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  • Unknown with a Bugatti – Actress Dolores del Rio and a Model “A” Ford – Actress Mae West and a 1931 Lincoln Dual-Cowl Sport Phaeton – Below an Unknown Hollywood starlet and a Packard. 

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14 responses to “Vintage Women and the Automobile No.1

  1. Although this site is one of my favorites, I rarely comment but felt compelled to this morning. I really enjoyed these pictures this morning. I always look forward to checking here to see what “new” pictures have been posted and I am never disappointed.

  2. Adorable as the ballerina perched atop the ’27 Chevy’s radiator cap is,
    if any woman ever thought of climbing on my Packard, she’s history.
    Thanks for this swell collection. The Old Motor is our first choice in fine
    automotive porn—- er, erotica.

  3. Beautiful photoset, David! Especially the Alco is a beauty, almost as beautiful as its passengers!. About the photo with Elsie Janis: she apparently gave a performance in 1906 on the evening before the Vanderbilt Cup race to amuse the participants. What the role of the car and the Simplex banner was, is not known to me. In any case the banner doesn’t refer to the car make, as it is in my opinion a 1906 Locomobile.
    About the 1906 BLM: I doubt if the driver is a woman. According to info from Vanderbiltcupraces.com Marie Foster was in the possession of this photograph and had it id’ed. It is more likely that the driver is Sidney Breese, who entered for the Elimination Trials for the 1906 Vanderbilt Cup. Unfortunately the car ended as “The Elimination Car That Did Not Start” because of mechanical failure.

  4. The ALCO pictured would be a “1911 model” as that was the only year that the cylindrical Gray & Davis sidelights were used. If, as reported, it took more than twelve months to complete each vehicle, then some overlap of the specifics of each car might vary a bit. I believe that this same type of sidelight was used on the 1910 Studebaker-Garfords.

  5. I was trying to think of a modern luxury car that could stir as much
    emotion as that Packard Roadster, and failed miserably. Of course, if the
    modern car came with a fine radiator cap accessory, like the ’27
    Chevrolet had in the “girls are us” section you provided, I could be
    swayed.

  6. In the middle of the bottom course of pictures; is the car, being watered by what appears to be a fire hose, a 1929 Lincoln? The Greyhound looks correct as does the radiator surround but the shape of the head-lamp shells is a puzzle!

  7. I was going to ask who Marie Foster was, as I am always on the lookout for early women racers, but have to agree, the driver probably wasn’t female.
    The hands don’t look right, nor does the costume. Loved the photos.

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