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A Canvas On Wheels

An artist puts the finishing touches on a painting on a touring car body during 1923. The state of Oregon had plans to send the car abroad to publicize the beautiful scenery in the state as a way of boosting tourism.

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  1. The caption for this photo in The Evening Independent newspaper of Massillion, Ohio stated the following on Tuesday, June 19, 1923.

    “To exploit the state’s scenic attractions, Fred De Elliott (right), secretary of Oregon State Motor Association, has artist paint on rear of pathfinder car a view of Mt. Hood overlooking City of Portland.” The photo was originally by Pacific & Atlantic Photo Service, and it also appeared in the October 1923 issue of National Geographic as part of a feature on the automobile industry.

    The car is a Hupmobile which looks like it was put up on blocks to make it easier for the artist to paint; however, it appears that when the rear mounted spare tire is reattached it would block the view of most the scene. The fan-shaped rear light is a distinctive Hupmobile feature.

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