Wilkinson Scrapbook Article #33

In this article from William Wilkinson’s scrapbook “One Hundred Great and Near-Great Events, Person and Places in Rochester History” (1947) he writes about George Selden’s patent on the automobile. Selden only made 2 full size models of his auto, but that wasn’t until 1905, 20 years after the patent was finally filed. One of those …

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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 …

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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 …

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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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