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Tall Man George Russell Kersey's 1906 Rambler

Early Motorist George Russell Kersey – Pennsylvania’s Giant

George Russell Kersey of Lancaster, PA, was 7-feet tall at the age of only 13-years old and was said to be the tallest boy in America at the time. In his youth, he was a drum major in a marching band and later was the tall man in a traveling circus run by Adam Forbach.

George then followed in his fathers footsteps and became a dentist in Elizabethtown, PA. Like many professionals at the time, he was able to afford a “horseless carriage” and purchased what appears to be a 1906 Rambler two-cylinder 5-passenger surrey. The family believes that he ordered this touring car with the extended steering column to suit his build.

The photo was taken by a professional photographer at Devils Den in Gettysburg, PA, a popular destination for a motoring trip at the time. The photo is courtesy of Mary Meszaros, who is Kersey’s great granddaughter. From the left are his sister, daughter, and his wife Beda – to his right are, another daughter and son and his brother-in-law.

3 responses to “Early Motorist George Russell Kersey – Pennsylvania’s Giant

  1. My, the Kerseys certainly are clad in the utmost in motoring finery. George is protecting his black suit in an oil resistant car coat while the womenfolk maintain their coiffed hair with the best haberdashery and wearing their finest Sunday Garb. The boy appears wrapped in a smaller size of his dad’s rugged driving gear.

    Travelling in style in an ’03 Rambler. Nice.

  2. How can you get a finer family picture than this? The car appears to be a 1906 Model 1 with a 90″ wheelbase and 18/20 HP. The illustration in Beverly Rae Kimes’s book shows a steering column with the same length as in the picture. I own a 1910 Rambler Model 54 and the top of the steering wheel is equal to the top of my head when standing next to the car. Rambler made their mark on the industry by giving customers more quality than they paid for. With the 1910 Rambler Model 54 price of $2,250 ( a high mid price car) came 432 cubic inches in a 4 cyl. car, and a 2.91 to 1 rear end. Only Speedwell at $2,500 and 392 cubic inches in a 4, came close. Rambler was produced in the
    largest and best equipped factory in the world(according to their ads but probably accurate). Of course Speedwell didn’t offer the unique safety rear door latches, spare wheel(only car in the world), adjustable steering, all water and gas caps have what they’re used for stamped in them, and a periodical with color covers that illustrated the many uses
    and experiences that happy owners put their Ramblers to (like “Ford Times” did at a later date). No disrespect of Speedwell intended.

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