Emily Post was an American author famous for writing about etiquette. In 1915 against the advice of many of her friends and even a few professionals she decided to take a cross-country journey in her car from New York City to San Francisco driven by her son Bruce. After the adventure she wrote a book about the trip for her publisher P.F. Collier & Son. Thanks to reader Donald Ellis we have can share with you these photos and link you online to a copy Post’s book By Motor to the Golden Gate that you are sure to enjoy.
The car is a bit of a mystery as she does not identify the maker, but this much is known about it: The chassis was built by an unknown company; it had a 144-inch w.b.; was powered by a six cylinder engine, and was fitted with custom coachwork, fenders and outside exhaust in England.
The car looks very much like it was remodeled in the manner that racer and car dealer Gordon Watney did at the time and referred to as a Sports Body. The chassis is very much like that as used on the Locomobile, but the shape of front frame horns and the configuration of the rear hubs are quite different.
On the second day of the trip west of Albany, a connecting rod bearing was burned out due to a ruptured oil supply line. The following are the larger repairs preformed on the trip: in Chicago the the valves were reground; in Davenport, Iowa the timing gear cover was repaired; in Colorado Springs, Colorado the oil pan was removed to stop a leak and new gaskets installed; in Santa Fe and Albuquerque the exhaust system was repaired and in Los Angeles a front spring was replaced.
You can read the rest of this fascinating book filled with more photos, the daily expense report, Post’s hand drawn maps and read about all of the repairs at By Motor to the Golden Gate at the California Digital Library.