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1913 Stanley

Friend F. Baker, Sr. poses with his 1913 Stanley model 78 in California (probably Hollywood) in 1917. Mr. Baker owned the car in 1917 and 1918. He wrote this interesting account, attesting to the car’s hill climbing abilities and his wife Annabel’s capabilities piloting the car. “In 1917 Cahuenga Pass was crooked and steep and anyone who could make it in high gear was liable to talk about it for a week. Annabel learned to fire up and drive the steamer within a week and she loved to hit the bottom of the pass with a full boiler and 650 pounds of steam and pass everything on the hill, leaving them behind in a cloud of steam and still have 400 pounds left, going over the top.” Mr. Baker was a motion picture cameraman, and was instrumental in development of the modern day “3-D” movie camera. This photo is courtesy of his grandson Scott Baker, who has interesting racing photos online.

One response to “1913 Stanley

  1. Terrific post, Tim! The best of what Old Motor can be, for my money – interesting car, period shot, and researched information about the specific car and people pictured. Oh, and being a Stanley helps. šŸ™‚

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