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.