After having spent a couple of hours over the holidays reading Clifford Zink’s “Mercer Magic,” a fine new book available from the Roebling Museum, this classic photo of a 1910 Mercer “Briarcliff” and Maude “Tillie Doremus” O’Dell a famous stage actor at the time came to mind.
The photo was one of several taken of O’Dell in this sleek touring car for the Mercer Automobile Company to promote the new Mercer cars that were making a debut in the marketplace. You can learn all about the 1910 models in an earlier post “The 1910 Model 30 Mercer – The Pride of Trenton, New Jersey.”
While searching for this Mercer photo courtesy of the Detroit Public Library, the image below of a C.B. Windshields 1909 “Monocle” model was found that would be the perfect accessory for a new Mercer “Briarcliff.” Many early cars including the famed Mercer “Raceabout” came from the factory without a windshield which was optional on some makes, or available from manufacturers selling them in the aftermarket. This model of round glass and polished brass was perfect for keeping dust, bugs, and rain out of the eyes of the early motorist. Many of them folded down when not needed.
- C.B. Windshields 1909 “Monocle” model.