Old News – Early RV

This early add-on for an auto makes it into an early version of a recreational vehicle. The only problem is that it uses the exhaust to heat it. That could lead to carbon monoxide poisoning and possibly death. THE HONEOYE FALLS TIMES Thursday, Sept. 14, 1916 ALL HOME COMFORTS LUXURIOUS EQUIPMENT OF TRAVELING AUTOMOBILE The …

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Old News – Rules of the Road

You probably don’t think about it now but there was a time when drivers didn’t always drive on the right. Early autos had a tiller to steer the auto and it was usually in the center of the front seat. Then when they started putting a steering wheel in cars, some had it on the …

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Old News – Auto Accidents

Many automobile laws were being introduced 100 years ago. What really made a difference was enforcement of those laws to make drivers obey the traffic laws. The Allen auto in the ad was made in Fostoria, Ohio from 1913 to 1922. THE BROCKPORT REPUBLIC Thursday, May 25, 1916 AUTOMOBILE ROLLS OVER Party of Kendal Women …

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Old News – Tires

This newspaper had a full page every week about automobiles. According to a short article there were about 44,000 autos built in 1908 but in 1915 703,527 were built. Best of all the average price of an automobile decreased from $2,123 in 1908 to just $814 in 1915. The second automobile gadget tells that you …

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Good Roads Booklet

I uploaded a 20 page booklet titled “Good Roads; Monroe County, N.Y. and Federal Highways, 1918.” It was put out by the Good Roads Committee of the Rochester Auto Association which even in 1918 was affiliated with the national Automobile Association of America (AAA). The Committee was pushing to have roads improved for use of …

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Old News – Auto Registrations

Last weeks’  “Old News” was about a horse accident. This week it is about how the automobile is growing in popularity. Then, the ad shows that even on the farm gasoline powered tractors are about to take the work away from the horse. THE BROCKPORT REPUBLIC Thursday, March 2, 1916 Monroe County Automobiles A total …

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Old News – Old Auto Driver

NY State first made people have a license plate on their auto in 1910. In the early days the only place to get the plate was from Albany.. THE CATHOLIC COURIER Friday, Feb. 4, 1916 THE OLDEST AUTOMOBILIST. Henry Spicer Ninety-six Years Old, Drops Horse For Machine. Lacking but four years of rounding out an …

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