Artist and photographer George Beard (1855–1944) of Coalville, Utah, was the manager of the Church of Later-day Saints Coalville Cooperative Mercantile Institution, later was elected as the Mayor of the town and served as a state legislator. Coalville is located in the northeastern section of Utah near the Uinta Mountains which extend into Wyoming.
Beard traveled in the states of Utah, Idaho, and Wyoming in his artistic pursuits; this set of prints are from glass plate negatives taken by him in 1921 at the Salmon River in Idaho and another location in the State. The images include his sons, family, and friends and a circa 1916 Model “T” Ford fitted with a utility body with a roof taller than others produced at the time. The canvas covering may have served to protect Beard’s artist’s supplies, camera and photography equipment. The six-year-old Ford is looking a bit worst for the wear encountered in Beard’s travels.
There is much more to be learned about Henry Ford’s Model “T” that he called the “Universal Car” here on The Old Motor. Tell us what you find of interest in this set of photographs courtesy of the Brigham Young University Library.