Updated – Micheal J. Semas has a wonderful collection of central California postcards and images and we will be featuring some of his collection and helping him to identify the year, make and model of the vehicles. This photograph shows two young women posing in an unknown make of car in front of the Hotel Stone in Kingsburg, California. Don’t miss the pig mascot on the radiator cap.
Update – Both Robbie Marenzi and Ace Zenek were able to quickly identify this distinctive 1913 Mitchell 5-4 40 h.p. four-cylinder five passenger touring car. Mitchell referred to it as a “American built French car.” You can view an ad (below) announcing the new 1913 models, and a four page article covering all the specifications and how all were constructed. The automaker called it “The American Built French Car” because it was designed by a French engineer and an American engineer, “who was able to ‘temper’ French ideas to American practice”.
According to the History of Fresno County (1919) by Paul E, Vandor, Paul J. Stone was “one of its foremost citizens”…. he was “very active in building up the town of Kingsburg and in promoting its business and musical life.” “In 1912 he built the Hotel Stone (Later the Kingsberg Hotel)” and “the new Ford Garage run by S. Tucker, one of the finest in the Valley”… “he was a partner in both with his son,” the two ventures were later sold within a few years.
- “Auto Trade Journal” March 1913 (above) and a November 1912 ad for the new 1913 models (below).