Updated: Earlier this year we featured a photo of “Gasoline” Jack behind the wheel of a 1916 or ’17 Studebaker six-passenger stage filled with nine riders and a rabbit. Today’s feature image contains the Stage driver and six passengers with a baby in an earlier car, information with the picture states that his last name is Houk. The automobile is a large circa 1908 six-passenger touring car by an unknown maker.
A second photograph of this was automobile was taken in 1914 with California license plates issued that year. At that time, the rear section of the body had been removed and replaced with a pair of upholstered wagon seats and a surrey top fitted with side curtains for use during inclement weather in northeastern California. At the time the Stage was operated on a shorter run from Chico to Hamilton.
Identify the automaker that produced this car if possible and share with us what you find of interest in this photo courtesy of the California State University at Chico Collections.
Update: This car has been identified by a reader named Paul as a: “Circa 1909 Royal Tourist made in Cleveland, Ohio.” Two different types of fenders were used on these automobiles in the period. Earlier we found a photo 0f a 1908 Series G 45 h.p. seven passenger touring with flat fenders as on the feature car. View posts here on The Old Motor covering the Royal Tourist here.