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A Pope Single Cylinder Track Racer

This is one of the best posed photos of a rider and a early racing motorcycle that we have seen in some time. One interesting feature of this single-cylinder Pope racing machine is the very short wheelbase compared to other machines of the era. Note the direct drive without a clutch or transmission as was the practice…

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The Southern California Edison Los Angeles Night Gang

The hundredth anniversary of this photo made by Bishop G. Haven will soon be upon us. On June 6, 1913, the Night Gang of the Trouble Department of the Edison Electric Company took a moment to pose for the camera with their diverse group of service vehicles. In the background we see a rare Alco truck,  and a…

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*Updated* A Pope-Hartford on The 1907 New York Motor Club Run

*Updated* Reader Ariejan Bos has identified the second car above as a Berliet, which was probably built under license by Alco. In the earliest days of motoring, car builders were forever doing things to prove to a skeptical public that their new fangled machines were reliable and worth buying. Here we have a 1907 Pope-Hartford participating in…

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* Updated *A Pope-Hartford on a winter drive

* Update * Tim Martin was able to find that the number 72 was registered to Edward H. Betts of Hartford, CT, during this time in the CT. state records. We believe that he may possibly have been connected with the Pope – Hartford company which was located in Hartford. It appears that winter motoring was a…

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A Pope Hartford on the Mid Winter, Long Island Auto Club Run

This circa 1908 Pope – Hartford touring car and its crew, are seen on a Long Island Auto Club, Mid Winter run. For quite a few years the club had regular endurance runs, scheduled during the different seasons of the year. Many of them left Brooklyn N.Y. and made the run to Riverhead, Lond Island, N.Y….

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The 1910 Pope-Hartford racing team cars

The Pope-Hartford company being an early auto manufacturer, had a long history of competition that reached back to at least 1904. We are very fortunate to be able to show you what may very well be the best photo to survive of one of the Pope-Hartford racing team cars. This four-cylinder racing car appears to…

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Chill out with a Pope-Hartford

Many people are suffering through one on the hottest summers in a long time and in  looking at these Pope-Hartford photos, the thought came to us that this pair of photos might help you cool off. The touring car must have just been backed into the A.W. Blanchard Garage in Brooklyn, NY, after a trip through…

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The John Sutton Pope Dealership and the Pope -Toledo

John “Pop” Sutton was an automobile dealer in both New York City and Brooklyn, N.Y., who it appears from the notice (below), found in the International Motor Cyclopaedia 1908 year book, was established in Nov. 1906. This series of photos was found with others that originated from the  A.W. Blanchard Garage  and are courtesy of  Steve…

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Lou Disbrow and The Pope Hummer

A pair of very rare photos from the Peter Helck collection, showing Lou Disbrow in his Pope-Hartford Hummer racing car. This was only a 389 c.i. four, but it did very well against other cars that had engines over twice the size as it did. In the 1911 Vanderbilt which was held in Savanna, Georgia,…

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Yosemite Stages

An interesting photo without any information, other than Yosemite and via visible on the door of the car in the background. We can assume these were automobile stages ferrying passengers to Yosemite Park. The lead car is a 1910 or earlier Locomobile Type I, which appears to be having a tire problem attended to. The…

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