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The Pesha 1910 White Steam Car

In an era when most families did not have cameras, post cards of automobiles were an alternative.  In this case, we have a post card maker to credit for these views of a fine White steamer.  The location was Marine, Michigan, just outside the studio of Louis J. Pesha (August 11, 1868 – October 1, 1912).

This is a 1910 White model MM (40 hp), of which only five examples are known to survive to the present, including one we have written about before. In the view below, we see the same car outfitted with electric headlights and tail lights.  This is an unusual modification, as White steam cars were produced with no such lights, or electrical system.

10 responses to “The Pesha 1910 White Steam Car

  1. Not a comment, so much as a question.

    I notice that in the first couple of decades of motoring in this country, many of the cars had right-hand drive. At some point, left-hand drive became the standard, and you never see RHD cars anymore.

    I guess I’m just curious about how and why the decision to go LHD came about and what factors caused it. Was it legislated? Did the mass production of Model T’s set the defacto standard, and everybody else just fell in line? What’s the real story about it came to be that we drive on the right?

    • Shawn, That is a very good question that probably has many different answers. We have our thoughts on the subject but let’s throw your question out to our very knowledgeable readers and see what they come up with?

  2. It is an interesting question you pose. The change seems to gradually take place from around 1910 and was mostly complete by 1915. I have read many times it was brought about by the volume of Ford T’s on the road but I am not sure what side of the road was driven on and whether different states drove on different sides. Assuming road rules came about based on nautical rules, possibly on the right. Incidentally, my ’14 Hupp has port and starboard lenses in the side and tail lights.

  3. Cars always drove on the right side of the road. the right-hand steering was due to the concern about driving /drifting into the ditch at the right. But eventually the concern bacame the inability to look around the car in front of you for oncoming traffic if you wanted to pass. I think Pierce Arrow was about the last to convert to left hand steering, about 1920.

  4. I just wanted to make a correction on the name of the town that Pesha lived in. It is Marine City, Michigan, in the county of Sinclair.

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