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L.F.N. Baldwin and his Stanley Steam Car Wins the 1909 Dead Horse Climb

In the early years of the automobile, the hill climb was one of the most popular ways of proving a cars abilities and many manufacturers participated in them. The famous Dead Horse Hill Climb was held between the years of 1905 and 1911, in Leicester just west of Worcester, Massachusetts and was one of the most challenging of…

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*Updated* Mrs. M. Gillet Gill and a Very Early Stanley Steam Car

*Updated* Kelley Williams found the ad (below) that was placed in the Dec. 20, 1899, The Horseless Age, where Martin Gillet Gill, Jr. had advertised his first car for sale so that he could most likley buy this one. By Kelly Williams: This photo from a Baltimore newspaper archive is simply marked “Mrs. M. Gillet Gill.” It…

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Early Steam Cars Featured at the 2014 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance

1907 White Model G In total contrast to the twenty-two Ferrari Testarosta’s exhibited at Pebble Beach and the Ferrari Best of Show win there this year, there was a special class just for early steam cars. The well-known Stanley and White steam cars were both on display along with a couple of steamers rarely seen today…

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Early Locomobile Steam Cars in New York City

The Locomobile Steam Car is quite a story in itself, the design was by the Stanley Brothers who sold it to John B. Walker for $250,000. He promptly sold half of the company to paving contractor Amzi L. Barber. Their partnership lasted just a short time; Walker went on to found Mobile Company of America at the Stanley works in New…

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*Update* A Very Early Steamer in Competition?

This photo like many early photos, tended to get labeled incorrectly back in their day and we believe this is one of them. Many thanks to reader John Kelm, who sent us this photo, one of a number of great early glass-plate negatives he obtained that we will be sharing with you in the future….

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Big Steam

A photo dating to the 1920’s showing a 1912 Stanley model 87 seven passenger touring in New Hampshire. This was one of the largest passenger cars Stanley ever built, using a 30hp engine and an aluminum skinned body. There are only three surviving examples of this vehicle out of 17 manufactured in 1912, this being…

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Man of Steam

In the world of Stanley steam cars, the name Clinton H. Atkinson is well known. For those who do not know about him, some highlights are well worth sharing here. In this photograph, a young Clint is standing next to his 1904 model C, a rare Stanley of which there are no surviving examples. He…

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