The pickup truck has existed for a long, long time. In the early years, a pickup truck denoted a vehicle with an aftermarket pickup bed attached to a factory-built chassis/cab. Apparently, the first actual factory-built pickup truck was built by the Ford Motor Company, in 1925, near the end of the Model T’s long run.
The advertisement that announced the world’s first drive-in service station in Pittsburgh read, "The Gulf Refining Company desires to announce that to accommodate its rapidly growing trade in the East End, it has opened a gasoline filling station on the corner of Baum Boulevard and St. Clair Street, fully equipped with the latest and most modern appliances, where it will supply That Good Gulf Gasoline. This gasoline is of high quality homogeneous and carefully refined from crude oil. It is also prepared to supply a full and complete line of automobile lubricating oils and greases, and invites particular attention to the high quality of its Supreme Auto Oil which is offering in three grades, viz. light, medium and heavy. Your patronage is respectfully solicited."
Pittsburgh, PA. December 1st, 1913.
Spitlers Auto Supply Company, 205 Commerce Street, Fredericksburg, Virginia, closed in 1931. It was an example of curbside pumps used before Gulf Refining Company established covered, drive-through stations.
William Powell admires Gary Cooper’s Duesenberg.
The first Cadillac was completed on Oct. 17, 1902 and was given its maiden test drive by Alanson P. Brush, the twenty-four-year-old Leland and Faulconer engineer who had contributed substantially to the car's design and who would later build the Brush Runabout.
In January the Cadillac was taken to the New York Automobile Show where company sales manager William E. Metzger (formerly of Olds Motor Works, later the "M" of E-M-F) took orders for an astounding 2286 cars before declaring mid-week that the Cadillac was "sold out."
Cadillac did not use the "A" designation in 1903; however, later Cadillac publications combined references to the 1903 "Cadillac" and "1904 Model A" and used "Model A" in reference to all single cylinder cars with two front springs and angle steel frame.
What made the Model A Cadillac such a best-seller, in addition to Metzger's super-salesman technique, was its refinement. Though the 10 horsepower developed by its single-cylinder copper-jacketed engine was exemplary, its two-speed planetary transmission and center chain drive via Brown-Lipe differential was conventional. Still, in a day when many automobile productions had a machine shop look to them, the Cadillac, comparatively, looked like a jewel from Tiffany's. And the price was just $750. The four passenger model sold for $850. The cars gained a reputation for reliability, ease, economy of maintenance, and remarkable pulling and climbing capability. Publicity shots show Cadillacs pulling heavily loaded wagons up slopes and climbing the steps of public buildings.
The Wright Brothers Celebration in June, 1909. It shows a horse drawn fire engine; firemen are identified as Captain Clinton Hill and Al Raffel. The two horses names were Babe and Rock
This is the famous Germantown Covered Bridge. It is the only inverted truss bow string suspension covered bridge in the world.
Germantown's Florentine Hotel is not operated anymore as a hotel, but continues as a fine restaurant. It is considered as the second oldest inn in Ohio. The traction car traveled from Germantown to Miamisburg where it connected to the main traction.
Whew...that was exhausting!
At 6,643 feet, Clingmans Dome is the highest point in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. It is the highest point in Tennessee, and the third highest mountain east of the Mississippi. Only Mt. Mitchell (6,684 feet) and Mt. Craig (6,647), both located in Mt. Mitchell State Park in western North Carolina, rise higher. The observation tower on the summit of Clingmans Dome offers spectacular 360° views of the Smokies and beyond for visitors willing to climb the steep half-mile walk to the tower at the top. Bicycles and wheelchairs are not permitted. It is too steep!
On clear days views expand over a 100 miles. http://www.nps.gov/grsm/planyourvisit/clingmansdome.htm
My father (second on the right, bottom row) with 15 of his brothers and sisters, and my grandparents (last two on the right, top row). Sweet memories My grandparents had a total of 19 children!
Automakers have produced electric cars off and on for over a century. Ohio-based Baker Motor Vehicle Co. was among the most successful, selling thousands of its electrics to wealthy consumers (including Thomas Edison) from 1899 to 1915. But while each Baker (above, a 1912 model) ran on no fewer than 12 cell batteries, its top speed was just 14 miles per hour. In contrast, many less expensive, gas-powered cars could exceed 40 mph. Today, as gas prices soar and battery technology improves, all-electric cars might well make a comeback.
The Old Country Store" by Frank Hohenberger, 1953
Author Kathy Hardin I am a mother, nana, secret keeper, shoulder to cry on, finder of all lost things, pet lover, friend, and nurse.
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