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Automobile School 1910: Class 101

In 1910 when this photograph was taken in a classroom at a school, the workings of the motorized vehicle were still unfamiliar to many. At that time schools that catered to the motorist and those planning on a career in the motor trades began to open in many cities.

The classroom in this photo appears to be one used to educate students about how a car and its parts worked together as a whole. In addition it appears that different types of sub assemblies such as the clutch were also a part of the study; for instance two or three of the devices are visible for observation on the table at the front far-left of the image. For learning how an engine and its different systems worked together, an early four-cylinder T-head engine with rear mounted timing gears was set up on an engine stand so that is could be observed while running.

Three automobile chassis by different by automakers were also used as teaching aids in the class, front-to-rear are a Model E Locomobile, unknown, and a Model “T” Ford.

Tell us what you find of interest in this Spooner and Wells image courtesy of the National Automotive History Collection.

7 responses to “Automobile School 1910: Class 101

  1. “The stuff dreams are made of”. Could you imagine finding any one of those chassis locked away in a garage today?

    Wonderful photo! Thank you David G.

  2. I like the exhaust coming from the engine on the stand. Maybe I will visit a plumber next time I need an exhaust repair, although………. last year I passed a pickup on the street that was used for a rain gutter installer. He built a new exhaust from surplus downspouts!!

  3. Those must be the students’ hats and coats at the far end of the room.

    And I wonder if they used Dykes manuals as their textbooks.

  4. The Dyke’s Manuals . Coyne Manuals and Audel’s Manuals were common to ALL Automotive schools . The use of Non – Autromotive furniuture for the shop indicate The less “professional” shop. of a smaller school . The lack of pipe unions indicate a permanent installation for a running demo , as does the “gravity fuel tank “. The rain gear indicates a weather prone climate. The larger schools touted their own manuals as part of the student’Course . Edwin W.

    • As E Winet noted above the engine on a stand appears to be a longer term setup.b

      If there was more than one engine on a test stand then it would be a good thing to be able to shut off the exhaust connection on any engine not in use. This would prevent the backflow of exhaust into the unused engines and the shop.

  5. Speaking of Audel’s manuals, about 3 years ago a used book store we frequent in Billings MT had a set missing one book. I was tempted to purchase what they had as I was an avid reader of them around 1948. The price was more than a little to high for my purposes. They were excellent for providing the basics which still apply today.

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