Old News – 1917 Auto Show

With news that an auto show was coming, I wanted to see what brand of autos were sold in Rochester in 1917. I checked the 1917 Rochester City directory and found dealers for these cars: Cadillac, Cole, Ford, Hudson, Maxwell, Moline-Knight, Nash, Oldsmobile, Packard, Pierce-Arrow, Reo, Saxon and Studebaker. Out of all of those brands …

Continue reading ‘Old News – 1917 Auto Show’ »

Old News – Autos

In 1917 there still wasn’t any standard for road signs along highways. Then again most highways were still dirt. In the ad, a Ford roadster is selling for $360. In 2017 dollars that would be only about $7000. THE HONEOYE FALLS TIMES Thursday, Jan. 11, 1917 SYSTEM OF WARNING SIGNS In many cities associations are …

Continue reading ‘Old News – Autos’ »

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 …

Continue reading ‘Old News – Early RV’ »

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 …

Continue reading ‘Old News – Rules of the Road’ »

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 …

Continue reading ‘Old News – Auto Accidents’ »

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 …

Continue reading ‘Old News – Tires’ »

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 …

Continue reading ‘Good Roads Booklet’ »