This is an incredibly nice vintage real photo postcard. It is perfectly posed and has all the elements of an outstanding photograph. In the middle of the photograph there is a young man wearing a grin ear to ear as he sits on the hood of his beautiful Oakland automobile. For extra comfort, he is sitting on a fur blanket. The man is dressed in great fashion. I love his suspenders and hat.  He is flanked by two smiling women and he is holding one of the hands of each of them. He clearly is located “out in the country”. In the background are fields and the proverbial weathered barn and lone tree surrounded by sky. Take a close look at the car. Note the partial front windshield, the starting crank, the front grill and Oakland name plate, as well as the bug-eyed headlights. The motor car has 1914 license plates and it appears that the automobile has a soft top. What do we know about the Oakland make of automobile. The first Oakland auto rolled of the Pontiac, Michigan, assembly line in 1908. Five models were offered and the price ranged from $1300 to $2150. By 1909, General Motors owned the Oakland manufacturing company. Oakland automobiles survived for 23 years and experienced it’s peak in 1928. The Oakland’s demise was caused by GM’s introduction of the cheaper Pontiac model. The marketing slogans of “Sturdy as an Oak” and “The All American Oakland” could not turn around plummeting sales and the Oakland brand ceased production at the end of 1931. The reverse of the photograph has an “AZO” stamp box and it’s format indicates that the card was produced sometime between 1904 and 1918.  Research reveals that the car’s 1914 plates come from the State of Ohio. There were 121,000 Ohio license plates issued that year. This vintage postcard is in very good condition (see scans).


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