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.