TWO YOUNG MEN OUT FOR A DRIVE IN A RENAULT CONVERTIBLE (1919)

This vintage real photo postcard features two young men out for a drive in a Renault convertible. Note the emblem above the front grill of the car, and also the folded down front windshield. The stretch of road that the two rode down is quite beautiful. It is a dirt road with a canopy of leaves from two columns of trees lining the way. The reverse of this postcard reveals that the postcard formerly resided in a postcard album. Writing on the back of the card indicates that it was written in 1919. The Artura stamp box dates the card somewhere between 1908 and 1924. This vintage postcard is good illustration of  Automobile History. (SOLD)

 

Published in: on April 16, 2022 at 1:45 pm  Leave a Comment  
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ANTIQUE CAR AND DRIVER : NASH ROADSTER : VINTAGE PHOTOGRAPH

This vintage snapshot photograph features a proud driver standing next to his beautiful automobile. I believe the car is a Nash Roadster from the 1930’s. The Nash nameplate can be seen on the grill of the automobile. Note the car’s thin tires and bug-eye headlights. This vintage snapshot photograph measures 5.5″ x 3.25″. SOLD

Published in: on February 6, 2022 at 12:00 pm  Leave a Comment  
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“ARE WE THERE YET?”, SAID THE WIFE, TO THE HUSBAND, ON THEIR RIDE TO NOWHERE (ISLE OF MAN)

A man and a woman, presumably, a married couple, pose for their portrait in a car that is going nowhere. This automobile is simply a photographer’s prop. The advantage of a married couple being in a car that is going nowhere, is that the man can’t get lost, and then deny it;  and the woman can’t keep telling him to stop and ask for directions. The pictured car is located in the photographic studio of Frederick Johnson. Johnson’s studio was in the town of Douglas, on the Isle of Man. He actually operated two studios there; the Fort William Studio, and the Express Bridge and Battery Studio. The Isle of Man is a self-governing British Crown Dependency located in the Irish Sea, between Great Britain and Ireland. At the time of this photograph, the Isle of Man was a major tourist attraction, and according to many accounts, tourists flocked to photographers during their vacations there. Not much information could be found about the photographer of this image. It is known however, that he operated a studio on the Isle of Man during 1881 through 1894. He may have also been there before, or after, the aforementioned years. As an aside, it is interesting to note that during the early days of automobiles in America, some photography studios were built that were designed to allow  patrons to drive their cars into the studio, and pose alone, or with their passengers, for portraits of them sitting in their cars. This practice was truly a reflection of the history of Americans love affair with their  automobiles.

Published in: on January 13, 2012 at 12:01 am  Comments (1)  
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