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Rotary Club Convention Parade Tours Duluth Minnesota

The Rotary Club, first formed in 1905, is a humanitarian organization that works to spread peace and goodwill around the world; in 1922 the club name was changed to the Rotary International. In 1912 the Rotary National Convention was held in Duluth, Minnesota, and today’s feature image contains club members taking a motor tour around the City.

The lead image contains right-to-left decorated Packard, and Pierce-Arrow touring cars presumably accommodating Club officers at the head of the tour. Notable automobiles in the line up include a second late model Packard behind the first two cars, in the middle of the bridge with an open rear door is a Peerless, the second car behind it may be a Locomobile, along with others further back in the line. This was a well heeled group as only one Model “T” Ford is readily visible.

Share with us what you find of interest in this outstanding photograph courtesy of the University of Minnesota Digital Library.

13 responses to “Rotary Club Convention Parade Tours Duluth Minnesota

  1. In the 2nd photograph, leading the pack, on the right, looks like an early “left hand” PACKARD, about 1910 or so.

  2. The photo seems to be oriented toward the slopes that rise back from Lake Superior (which would be behind the photographer). Not many trees which may be the legacy of the logging boom and fires that cleared the forests in the decades before this photo was taken.

  3. Being a national convention presumably at least some of these people came by train and the cars were provided by local dealers or owners.

  4. The Pierce-Arrow appears to be a 1910, 48 Horsepower car. I cannot discern the detail of the cowl lamps, which would confirm the year, and it could be a year earlier. The Model of the car is determined by the height of the hood where it meets the cowl and the twelve-spoke front wheels. The 36 H.P. cars had ten spoke front wheels, which easily eliminates this model from the mix.

  5. The car on the bridge with the passenger waving his hat might be an Oldsmobile Limited. Any idea of the two cars rear of the 2nd Packard with white bands across the hood? Columbia Cavalier maybe the 2nd one. The very popular license plate bracket that attaches to the radiator neck doesn’t help identification. It is especially difficult to identify trucks that have the name at the top of the radiator.

  6. The car in the middle of the bridge could be a Peerless, and appears to be sporting Solarclipse headlamps. Toward the middle of the pack, further up the hill looks like a 1912 Cadillac (electric lighting all around). Regarding the Oldsmobile Limited observation, it is my understanding that all of those models had two-tiered running boards, and extremely tall wheels. There is a car in the background which cannot be easily seen, but which appears to have a wooden windshield. Alcos had that feature, but their edges were squared off, not rounded as the vehicle in this picture.

  7. The lead Packard lacks front doors so I think it must be a 1910 Model UC (also known as Model 30) Touring car; though it looks very similar otherwise (apart from the orientation of the Jump seats, Packard gave you the choice) to the 1911 Model UD that you can search for with the tag EB01c360 on the Making of Modern Michigan collection. The third car is I think one of the first Packard 48hp six phaetons, new for 1912; if it was a 1913 model it would have more streamlined headlights, which you can find on a similar Packard using EB01c495

    • Correction: 1913 was the model year that Packard brought in electric headlights (info from the Beverley Rae Kimes book)

  8. I see that the National Convention was held in early August 1912; but only 5 out of about 32 cars have their tops up and it does not look as though the sun is blazing down; yet most of the participants are well wrapped up as though it is not like a normal Minnesota summer.
    Indeed it wasn’t; according to the on-line weather records for the State, top temperature on 5th August was the coldest on record for Minnesota at just 67 degrees Fahrenheit. So it was an unexpected case of “Come to Duluth – it’s so bracing!” Clearly fresh air motoring was still a health-giving sport in 1912.

  9. Note that : Some of the earlier cars have original “clincher rims” , and among them we see a mixture of clincher rims and removable Tire rims, Thanks to the invention of Kelsey’s NUTS!!! ( A spare tire only, no tube no “rim’)

  10. I agree with Jonathan: 1910 Packard model 30 in the lead, and a 1912 model 48 behind the Pierce. The 48 has Solarclipse headlamps.

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