Joan Newton Cuneo was a well-known early Glidden Tour entrant and racing car driver between 1905 to ’14. Her family helped to develop Holyoke, Massachusetts, into a major industrial city. Cuneo’s grandfather, of one of the Newton Brothers developed the logging industry in Whitingham, Vermont, and she would visit the “Brookside Cottage“ in the adjoining town of Wilmington.
The lead image was shot in Brattleboro, Vermont, (home of The Old Motor) contains a 1909 Model “T” Ford limousine or taxi car stuck in the roadside mud with a Royal Tourist touring car parked in the background.
At about the time Cuneo apparently traveled the challenging road over Hogback Mountain (2,409 feet) from Wilmington to Brattleboro and had her Rainier (second photo below) equipped with detachable rims manufactured by an unknown maker photographed here in town for a publicity shot for the rim maker.
Share with us what you find of interest in the pictures courtesy of the Brattleboro Historical Society. Learn more about Joan N. Cuneo here on The Old Motor and in an article by Kurt Ernst at Hemmings Daily.