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The Ocean Bluff Garage, Kennebunkport, Maine

Like many early garages, it appears that H. L. Littlefield & Son, of the Ocean Bluff Garage, may have had quite a fleet of cars for tourists in the popular resort town to rent. The garage was located on Ocean Ave. in Kennebunkport, ME., where many no doubt traveled to by train for a sea side vacation and would then rent a car and driver to see the sights in the area. The garage was found listed in advertising in the December 1913, issue of the American Motorist magazine.

Three of the cars have been positively identified with the exception of the two on the left which may possibly be an EMF and a Stevens-Duryea. The car in the middle on the ramp, is a circa 1910 Peerless. The last two on the right are Packard Model 30 cars and have been identified as a 1910 Packard on the left and a 1907 Packard on the right.

If any of our readers can positively identify the two cars on the left or tell us more about the Ocean Bluff Garage, the Littlefields who ran it and if the building has survived, please send us a comment. The Old Motor photo.

                       

6 responses to “The Ocean Bluff Garage, Kennebunkport, Maine

  1. I agree with both the EMF and the Stevens-Duryea. The EMF is difficult to date, because there weren’t many differences between 1908 and 1912. The Stevens-Duryea however would have to be a 1909 or 1910 model on the basis of its radiator shape (cf. the model X featuring in Old Motor in a previous post). During 1907 and 1908 Stevens-Duryea used a radiator with a Lozier-like shape, changing it in 1909 to a Mercedes-like radiator. I have Stevens-Duryea models with radiator shapes having round lower corners (like the one on the photograph and the mentioned model X) as well as oblique lower corners during 1909 and 1910, but after 1910 only radiators with oblique lower corners were used (as far as I can trace). In the 1909 catalogue the only model with the characteristic sharp bend in the rear fender is the model Y (the 6 cylinder model), whereas in 1910 both the X and the Y model had this bend. The length of the hood seems to point rather at a 4- than a 6-cylinder, so my conclusion would be a 1910 model X.

  2. The second car from the left is a 1910 model X Stevens Duryea, I know ’cause I’ve ownd two.
    I agree the first car is an EMF ( had one of those too ).

    Pete Eastwood

  3. The right of photo,Kennebunkport Me,,The Packard is more likely a 1906,,24Hp car,,,,which had the horozontal tubes in the radiator,,
    The magnifier lamps are early,,,1907 had mirror lenz I think,,
    My memorys referemce here is memorys of Rods barn at 92 Prince st,,
    The tubes are entirely inside the shell,,as a square hole was cut and no water leaked,,Rod and I looked carefully at this as we put in hot water to heat the block and free the stuck engine,,Yes it worked,,,Cheers ,,Ben

  4. The Ocean Bluff Garage was run by Hamlin L. Littlefield and his son Warren Hall Littlefield. The December 1913 issue of American Motorist shows that they were an Official A.A.A. Hotel and Garage. They later became an official Maine vehicle inspection station. The garage business kept operating until at least 1956, but at some point the garage also began to sell new cars. A 1956 ad shows them selling Hillman Husky Station Wagons for $1,595 (up to 40 mpg). In 1959 an auction was held to sell off the assets of the business. Their garage building, on Ocean Avenue, does not appear to exist anymore.

    Hamlin Littlefield started out as a stage driver. He later was a partner in a livery business called Hill & Littlefield before opening the Ocean Bluff Garage. He also had a small contract mail carrier route from 1907 – 1909 where he was paid $1.75 per trip, but it was not a daily route. Hamlin Littlefield had a heart attack while driving a passenger, he completed the trip, drove home, went to bed, but before the doctor arrived he had passed away. He died on January 24, 1926 at the age of 72.

    Warren Littlefield worked as a chauffeur in addition to working at the Ocean Bluff Garage. He served in England and France during WWI. He also served as a Kennebunkport Selectman in 1923-24-25 and 1929-30. Warren Littlefield died in 1940.

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