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Studio Photos

Above is a studio photo. They were very popular from about 1910 until 1920. They were a great way to use an old car when it was no longer on the road. Sometimes “cars” were pieced together from remains of other cars, just to have as a prop. These photos were often turned into a postcard (as this one is) as a way to let people know where you were visiting at the time. They usually used a hand painted backdrop and some sort of pennant or lettering to identify where the picture was taken.

This photo shows a circa 1909 Maxwell, 2 cylinder with a used 1912 New York dealer license plate on the front. The photo was probably taken around 1915 somewhere in New York, quite possibly Coney Island.

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