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*Updated* The early automobile trade in New York City

*Update* Ariejan Bos of the Holland has come up with the correct ID of this car which is a 1903 Toledo. A photo from a very interesting post by Daniel Strohl on Hemmings Daily called One-way ride: The murder of Billy Bate has two photos of an identical car, one of which is seen at (below).

This wonderful circa 1902-03 photo from the Steve Blanchard collection, shows us an unknown brand of car in front of a garage in the N.Y.C. area. Steve’s grandfather A.W. Blanchard, a bit later on built and ran a garage and dealership at 101 Liberty St, in Brooklyn, NY.

The name and location of this garage in the city is unknown and perhaps they also sold cars. We do know by reading the sign work on the windows that they offered the following; Storage, repairs, rentals, supplies and electric car charging services.

The Fountainhead Antique Auto Museum in Fairbanks, Alaska has the only known surviving example of a 1903 Toledo.

4 responses to “*Updated* The early automobile trade in New York City

  1. Posted for Ariejan Bos of Holland: The car is a 1903 Toledo, produced by the International Motor Car Company of Toledo, Ohio. This car is described as Toledo in the April 22, 1903 issue of The Horseless Age (p. 501), but in May of that year the Pope Motor Car Company took over the International Motor Car Company and all cars were subsequently called Pope-Toledo. In 1904 the characteristic pointed Pope-Toledo radiator would appear.

  2. It may be worth adding that the Pope Motor Car Company’s “take over” of the International Motor Car Company was a little academic because Pope’s conglomerate owned the IMCC, which itself had been formed in late December 1901 to “take over” the motor car manufacturing side of the American Bicycle Company, which was also under the Pope umbrella.
    All done to give the illusion to the shareholders and financial backers that motor car manufacturing was a profitable business. The whole lot folded a few years later. I have the only long wheelbase Toledo steam car and all of the castings and workmanship used to make the vehicle were made in house and are superb. Pope misjudged the new market by thinking that only the wealthy would buy cars and that only the best would sell. Henry Ford flattened all of that in 1906 with the Model T.

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