Business And Car Review | 1904 Road Trip Through Prescott, Arizona

1904 Rambler together with curved-dash Olds close Prescott, AZ (photo credit: Sharlot Hall Museum)

One of the keepers of Arizona's territorial history (Arizona didn't teach a state until 1912) is the Sharlot Hall Museum inward Prescott, Arizona. Included among their holdings are these photos of 2 cars traveling through Arizona (the photos were taken inward the Prescott surface area circa 1904).  The museum notes that Frank Foster together with Mrs. O. A. Helsa are traveling inward an Oldsmobile along amongst a 1903 Cadillac. The museum dates the image roughly 1915.

I experience the images are before every bit the two vehicles shown are a 1903 Oldsmobile model R (or 1904 Oldsmobile model 6C) - usually referred to today every bit a "curved-dash" Olds together with a 1904 Rambler model K (not a Cadillac). Not surprisingly, these 2 brands were among the transcend sellers at the fourth dimension with fairly extensive dealer representation. I'm non certain if Prescott had an Olds or Rambler dealer at the time, but either could stimulate got been acquired on the W coast. The pictures would betoken that they are out for to a greater extent than than a twenty-four hours trip given the luggage they're hauling.

Ransom E. Olds is i of our nation's earliest together with well-nigh import automobile pioneers. After experiments amongst automobiles inward the belatedly 1890's, he gear upwardly a manufacturing venture exclusively to stimulate got it burn to the dry reason inward 1900 (Detroit factory). However, he was shortly re-established inward Lansing amongst the Horseless Age of May 14, 1902 reporting "The Olds Motor Works shipped the get-go carload of Oldsmobiles from its Lansing manufacturing works life concluding week." The company gave the "Oldsmobile" cite to its curved-dash model prior to reorganizing nether that cite shortly after. The popularity of the curved-dash model kept it inward production for seven years together with made The Olds Motor Works the largest automobile manufacturer inward the United States. In fact, Olds introduced a novel model (the French Front) inward 1904, but the curved-dash continued to sell strong. The Horseless Age of Dec 9, 1903 estimated the transcend American Automobile producers to be: The Olds Motor Works amongst 6,000 to 7,000 vehicles, the Cadillac amongst 4000, the Ford amongst 3000, the Jeffery amongst 3000, together with Winton amongst 2000.

Which brings us to some other of the transcend 5 together with the minute auto shown - the Rambler.  Thomas B. Jeffery & Company of Kenosha, Wisconsin was another early automotive pioneer. Jeffery had besides experimented with cars inward the belatedly 1890's, together with amongst much involvement inward his prototypes of 1900 together with 1901, entered production inward 1902. Thomas Jeffery sold his involvement inward the successful bicycle manufacturing enterprise, Gormily & Jeffery to the American Bicycle Company to fund his automobile factory. Interestingly, Thomas B. Jeffery & Company was the minute automobile manufacturer to adopt the assembly - shortly afterwards The Olds Motor Works.

A curved-dash Olds together with 1904 Rambler close Prescott, AZ (photo credit: Sharlot Hall Museum)


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