Automobile photos were very important back in the early days. Just being able to own one back then was quite a thing as they were very expensive. Generally when someone bought one they also had a professional photographer record the occasion. Thanks to this, many of these photos have survived and given us a glimpse into automobile ownership at the time.
This photo of an early, possibly 10 horsepower Stanley Steamer and the occupants, is a good example of this pride in ownership and the new car photo.