Other than a few individuals, the antique car collecting hobby did not get started until the early-1930s. Samuel E. Baily of Bala-Cynwyd, PA, is considered by most on the East Coast as being one the first individuals to restore a car in 1935 (an early Pierce-Arrow.)
Smith Hempstone Oliver was another collector, who attended the old car meets that began during the mid-1930s in New York, Pennsylvania and New England. He also hunted for antique cars in his spare time and went on a number of excursions with fellow collectors looking for and picking up automobiles they had purchased. Along with him went his trusty camera to record the occasion.
- View of the large Packard 2-48 525 c.i. T-head engine.
The circumstances behind why this 1913 Packard 2-48 Roadster was in a junkyard, and when during the 1930’s Oliver took these photos is not known. The Packard may have been converted into a roadster with modernized fenders added and the windshield angled back to the rear. View 1913 factory photos that include the Packard 2-48 in our earlier coverage.
The photos are from the Smith Hempstone Oliver collection courtesy of The Revs Institute Research Library.