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Whipple and Clinton racing Locomobiles (1900) - Colorized

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The advent of the automobile (1899)

The Saint Paul Globe (Missouri) July 23, 1899

The horse, as a machine, has his drawbacks. One is that he wears out too soon. Another is his general unreliability and his tendency to spavin and heaves when overworked. His fuel is comparatively expensive, and whether he is working or standing idle, it must be supplied to him.

So in this age of applied science our old equine favorite is passing away.

The electric gong of the automobile has sounded his deathknell, and now, no matter how old fashioned cavaliers may struggle against the tide of current events, the horse, as a piece of machinery, is bound to go.

American Electric Vehicle Co - Stanhope automobile (1899)

Although for some 5000 years, if history is right in the matter, he has been doing faithful duty to man, his venerable bones must at last be relegated to the dime museum and his fatted and degenerate descendants sent to the Teutonic chophouses.

That he may still be seen ambling unapprehensively up and down the streets of our different American cities is quite true, but now that the automobile has passed out of the experimental stage of its existence and is firmly established in popular favor it is simply a matter of time till the merchant and the millionaire, the drayman and the doctor, will all “mote” about the face of this earth for business or pleasure, as the case may be.

Antique Electric Stanhope car from 1899

The automobile is clean, economical and convenient. It never eats its head off. It never balks or shies into a ditch. It does not get distemper and have to be shot. It does not leave dirty streets behind it, and it can wriggle through a crowded thoroughfare quicker than an equine Stradivarius can flick off a fly with his tail.

So it is no wonder that we are approaching the reign of the automobile. The king is dead! Long live the king!

Turgan-Foy petroleum motor carriage (1899)

The capricious equine already has an old fashioned and awkward and slothful and unbusinesslike look about him, and, though he may not pass absolutely away for the next few years, the time will certainly come when he will be forbidden on the carefully kept streets of our twentieth century cities, where only the gentle drone of the Watt motor and the hum of the electric Victoria will be heard.

During the last year or two, great improvements have been made in the building of autocarriages, and the only problem now remaining with the manufacturer is the question of reducing the cost of construction.

Early vintage motorcar - automobile from the turn of the century (1)

An automobile costs at present from $800 to $5000, while hydrocarbon and gasoline wagons sell from $600 to $2000.

Some of the smaller popular self propelling traps are sold for as little as $700, though they have not yet been reduced to their most perfect mechanical form.

They will, however, run 75 miles without a recharge, which consists of one gallon of gasoline. They will carry two passengers over this distance at a respectable rate of sped with that small amount of fuel.

Flat tire on an early vintage motorcar (1901)

The gasoline engine always emits a slightly disagreeable odor, however, and this will always be a point in its disfavor. Nor have its builders yet overcome its tendency to radiate heat, so that the more popular vehicle for a time at least will be the electric carriage.

These are so built that their storage batteries can be charged at any 110 volt direct current circuit, such as that ordinarily used for lighting purposes, but even an electric carriage will give out the same as the old horse if overtaxed.

Detroit Automobile Company's Phaeton motor car (1900)

In places where the direct current is not available for recharging, by means of a simple apparatus the alternating current can be used, though it takes about three hours to restore or charge batteries that have been completely exhausted.

In time, it is highly probable, electric hydrants will be placed all about towns and cities and along country roads for the use of “motors.” These will presumably be a sort of quarter in the slot machines.

Antique Geneva Steam Carriage motor car (1902) - Colorized photo
Antique Geneva Steam Carriage motor car (1902) – Colorized photo

The present cost for recharging a battery is not fixed, but ranges all the way from 40 cents to a couple of dollars, depending on locality and circumstances.

The cost of a new battery, by the way, is about $300, so that the man who ill treats this sensitive piece of machinery will find it about as expensive to keep as an overdriven thoroughbred.


Antique Winton Racer motor car (1900)

Antique Winton Racer motor car (1900)


Vintage Waverly Stanhope motor car (1900)

Vintage Waverly Stanhope motor car (1900)


Lane Steam Surrey (1902)

Lane Steam Surrey (1902)


 

Vintage automobiles from the early 1900s

A modern Tally-ho (1899)

A modern Tally-ho (1899)


A Stanley Buggy (1899)

A Stanley Buggy (1899)


Columbia electric Prize Racer (1899)

Columbia electric Prize Racer (1899)


Electric Phaeton vintage automobile from 1899

Electric Phaeton vintage automobile from 1899


Electric vehicle company Coupe (1899)

Electric vehicle company Coupe (1899)


Graut Bros.’ Hydrocarbon Trap (1899)

Graut Bros.' Hydrocarbon Trap (1899)


Haynes gasoline buggy (1899)

Haynes gasoline buggy (1899)


Indiana Automobile Co. Brake (1899)

Indiana Automobile Co. Brake (1899)


Messrs. Curtis and Blair with their ladies (1899)

Messrs. Curtis and Blair with their ladies (1899)


New Fifth Avenue electric stage (1899)

New Fifth Avenue electric stage (1899)


Overman Tea Cart (1899)

Overman Tea Cart (1899)


Riker electric Cabriolet (1899)

Riker electric Cabriolet (1899)


Riker Hotel Bus (1899)

Riker Hotel Bus (1899)


The Riker — Brake (1899)

The Riker -- Brake (1899)


The Riker — Coupe (1899)

The Riker -- Coupe (1899)


Twentieth Century Victoria (1899)

Twentieth Century Victoria (1899)


Two up-to-date Automobilistes (1899)

Two up-to-date Automobilistes (1899)


Vintage Waverley wagonette (1899)

Vintage Waverley wagonette (1899)


Vollmer Forecarriage Victoria (1899)

Vollmer Forecarriage Victoria (1899)


1900s Detroit Automobile Company’s Surrey

1900s Detroit Automobile Company's Surrey


1900s Touring cart of the Detroit Automobile Company

1900s Touring cart of the Detroit Automobile Company


Dalifol and Thomas’ Jack light road carriage (1900s)

Dalifol and Thomas' Jack light road carriage (1900s)


Ideal electric runabout from the 1900s

Ideal electric runabout from the 1900s


J.Dunbar Wright in his gasoline carriage (1900s)

J.Dunbar Wright in his gasoline carriage (1900s)


Oakman gasoline buggy (1900)

Oakman gasoline buggy (1900)


Stanley carriage with canopy top (1900)

Stanley carriage with canopy top (1900)


The Auto-Car Company’s carriage (1900)

The Auto-Car Company's carriage (1900)


The Robinson gasoline carriage (1900)

The Robinson gasoline carriage (1900)


The start of the second run of the Buffalo Automobile Club (July, 1900)

The start of the second run of the Buffalo Automobile Club (July, 1900)


The Victor automobile (1900)

The Victor automobile (1900)


Vintage 1900s automobile — Kensington Stanhope (Buffalo)

Vintage 1900s automobile -- Kensington Stanhope (Buffalo)


Winton two passenger carriage (1900)

Winton two passenger carriage (1900)


Winton two seated Surrey (1900)

Winton two seated Surrey (1900)


The New Packard (1901)

The New Packard (1901)


The St. Louis Automobile Trap (1901)

The St. Louis Automobile Trap (1901)


Albert C. Bostwick in his 40 horsepower Winton Racer (1902)

Albert C. Bostwick in his 40 horsepower Winton Racer (1902)


Harlan W. Whipples 16 horsepower Napier (1902)

Harlan W. Whipples 16 horsepower Napier (1902)


Henri Fournier and company in his 60 HP Mors (1902)

(left) Henri Fournier and Albert C. Bostwick in former’s 60 HP (horsepower) Mors.

(right) A.W.S Cochrane, Bradford B. McGregor, J. Dunbar Wright.

Henri Fournier and company in 60 HP Mors (1902)


Hon. C.S. Rolls at the steering wheel (1902)

Hon. C.S. Rolls at the steering wheel (1902)


James Macnaughtan in 12 HP gasmobile (1902)

James Macnaughtan in 12 HP gasmobile (1902)


Madame Lockert in Richard IV. (1902)

Madame Lockert in Richard IV. (1902)


Mr. and Mrs. Frederick H. Elliott in electric stanhope (1902)

Mr. and Mrs. Frederick H. Elliott in electric stanhope (1902)


Mrs. Kennard driving automobile “Sir Charles” (1902)

Mrs. Kennard driving automobile named Sir Charles (1902)


Old Grout steam carriage (1902)

Old Grout steam carriage (1902)


Side view of Touring car (1902)

Side view of Touring car (1902)


Winton Touring car (1902)

W.N. Murray at wheel, George A. Ballentine beside him, W.C. Carnegie in tonneau.

Winton Touring car -- W.N. Murray at wheel (1902)


For Two on a Tour

The Franklin Gentleman’s Roadster is unique among motor-cars. It has a 12 horse-power four-cylinder air-cooled engine in a runabout body; the total weight being only 1050 pounds.

It can be fitted with canopy, cape or Victoria top, and is designed and engineered for swift touring, and business purposes; with safety, comfort and wonderful economy.

Franklin Gentleman's Roadster motor-car-ad-1905

This type of car, but with less horse power, last summer carried Whitman and Carris from San Francisco to New York in less than 33 days, cutting the record nearly in halves.

It recently made a record run from Minneapolis to Northfield, Minn., a distance of 108 miles in 3 hours and 35 minutes, under very bad road conditions, reducing the record by 1 hour ; and in the Boston Club run to Providence, 47 miles and return, passed is large touring cars, beating one of the best and most famous 30 hp water-cooled car by 12 minutes

No other car in its class, and few in any class, can compare with it for practical, economical touring and all-day mileage. As a business runabout it is unequaled by any other car. Send for catalog.

Six Models for 1905: Roadster, Light Touring cars, High-powered Touring cars – H H Franklin Mfg. Co., Syracuse, NY 

The Franklin Gentleman's Roadster motor-car (1905)

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