Open Menu
Open Menu
 ::

Lost and Found overflow – prewar cars, part 2

Published in blog.hemmings.com

If anything, it seems as though the pace of prewar car photo submissions to Lost and Found has picked up since we last ran a prewar-only roundup. So get your favorite ID guide at the ready, faithful carspotters, because here we go with another round of unidentified/mystery/unusual prewar cars.

We’ll start with a couple sent in by Francis Scarpulla, who noted that his grandparents owned the two sedans above.

From Mark Olson:

My 91-year-old mother showed me the undated photo of a car she says was built by her maternal grandfather Isaac Newton Dick; born 1860, died 1935. He was a farmer near Millville, Ohio (Southwest Ohio), where this photo was believed to have been taken. The front license plate appears to be dated 1912. That’s all the information we know about the car.”

Presumably unrelated, Terri Olson Eldridge sent in the above photo and description:

We recently discovered the attached photograph in a family treasure trove. Inscribed on the reverse of the photograph is this note to my grandfather: ‘To my friend Bill Olson as a token of appreciation for the most excellent mechanical service rendered on the 100 Hour Chevrolet Drive. Sincerely Wallace D. Reynolds ‘The Iron Man’ Las Vegas, New Mexico, June 27, 1928.’ Could anyone tell us something about the drive, or Mr. Wallace? We are not sure where the photo might have been taken.”

Craig Komulainen sent in the above two sepia-toned photos, the first with the inscription “farmers of Delwitt Clinton Poultry Farm taken in May 1935.”

Neil Tusing found this photo among his parents’ belongings, with an inscription on the reverse noting that the car in the photo belonged to his Uncle Paul. “He told me the body was a kit from Sears, Roebuck and Company. I’d like more information on the body kit and confirmation that the car is a Model T. The picture was taken in the back yard of my house in Riverside, New Jersey.”

Elaine Daub of St. Louis, Missouri, submitted this photo of her grandfather in a truck decorated for some sort of parade, year unknown.

This one’s sad. Patrick Owens said the photo depicts his grandfather and his grandfather’s son. “The son was born Oct 1910 and died June 1911 so this should help narrow it down,” Patrick wrote.

Keith Bessette sent in these two. He writes: “The above picture is of an unknown young lady and my grandfather Alfred Paul. This is in Philadelphia. Based on his age and the girl not being my grandmother (she was 11 years younger and this had to be before they dated) or the girl being a recognized relative this was probably taken in the mid-1920s. Presumably he was out on a date with the girl with the legs. The telephone lines are an early distribution method, with individual wires and glass insulators for each telephone using multiple crosstrees. No one at the car show I met was able to identify this car, and my attempts to do so via the web were not successful. The lack of door posts along with the wood wheels, hardtop, and small rear window was a combination I could not find a picture of.  It looks to me to be similar to a 1924 Cadillac Phaeton convertible, but with a hardtop.

“The below picture is (from the left) of my Great Aunt Jule, grandfather Alfred, and Great Grandmother, in my grandfather’s car. My grandfather was born in 1901 and did plaster construction work. It was taken in Philadelphia in 1934. A Model T owner at the show thought this was a 1924 or 1925 Ford Model T roadster.”

Dave Carvell didn’t provide any supporting information on the two photos above, which he found while cleaning out his father-in-law’s dresser drawer.

Ron Garrett told us a little about his grandfather, Joe: “He had his own roofing company from around 1923 until his death in 1959. Found this old picture and was wondering if it was maybe a Chevy truck. Or a modified car or truck. I am guessing this was taken in the early 40s, but not really sure. My Dad worked for him until around 1949 after the service. I worked part time for him in summers during 1955-57…he was a great guy and loved by many a customer. He would patch roofs in a down pour for just about anyone that called day or night.

“He was born in 1899 and worked at either a Ford, Chevy, or Chrysler shop in the late Teens or early 1920s. Think it was in South Texas area. He and my Grandmother eloped to California in around 1922. Grandma always drove a nice Chrysler. Last one was a Newport. My brother got her 4 door – 6 -Windsor deluxe green/green in pristine condition and ruined the fluid drive. She let me drive it once when I was just 16.

“This old truck was gone when I worked for him in the 1950s. He had a 2 or 3 ton truck hauling the roofing material. think it was a Ford. And his 1/2 ton at the time was an early 1950’s pickup.”

And here’s another grandfather’s car, this one driven by Robert Mauck’s grandfather, Orlo Mauck, while working for his brother Emerson.

Tom Hahn of Monroe, New Jersey, wrote that he “recently received this picture of my Dad standing behind a race car from a cousin that I haven’t seen in 40+ years and was hoping a reader could give me some information about the driver, car, or people standing behind it. I was told the driver could be Bill France. I know nothing about the picture except my Dad is the 2nd from left — standing behind it.”

Jonnie King gave us a potential good deal of background on this photo:

“She passed-away in 1996 at the age of 86, and when going through one of her closets awhile back, I found this album at the very back of the closet on a shelf and underneath some other bags that were filled with photos she had saved from decades ago! I had never seen any of them!

“This grainy, black & white photo was evidently taken during the late-Fall or Winter…you can see the bare trees in the background, and the woman driving is wearing a hat & coat, as is the boy. The words ‘Jack and Mother’ are written on the bottom of the picture, and, as you can see, there is (I believe) a railroad trestle/bridge in the background, and they were pulled-over on a snowy/muddy side of the street so they could take the photo.

“What I am sure of is that it’s here in St. Louis…my Mom lived here all her life. And the ‘Jack and Mother’ mentioned, I think, were Jack Rooney, and, his Mom, Florence. Good family friends of ours. Jack, grew-up to play football (with his Brother, Bob), at St. Louis U. High, where they were both stars and dubbed ‘Brothers of the Pigskin.’ His Dad, Florence’s husband, was a lifelong St. Louis Police Officer, and Jack became a Lawyer & Politician serving in the Missouri Senate.

“Now, back to the car: ALL those I have mentioned here have passed-away…and I cannot find any living relatives to ask, but the Time Period would seem to be the Early-1920s. The car, as best I can decipher looks like a 1923 Chrysler Landau/Coupe. I say this because of the solid-steel wheels, as opposed to artillery-style, and what seem to be White Balloon Tires (solid ?). But, I know nothing further about the car, where the photo was taken, or who took it. And, if anyone can verify that these are the Rooney’s I would sure like to know.”

Bruce Zahor’s town library tasked him with identifying the roadster in the above photo, but knowing it was out of his wheelhouse, he reached out to us for help.

This one’s more of a Found than a Lost. Stephanie at the Western Antique Aeroplane & Automobile Museum sent along these pictures of a circa 1907 Everybody’s that was donated to the museum and that the museum intends to restore. “The family it came from bought it new out of a catalog. It was the third car registered in The Dalles, Oregon. There’s a little bit of info repeated throughout the internet about the Everybody’s company but we don’t know much about it. So does anyone out there know anything? Is this the only one left in existence?”

According to the catalogs, Everybody’s was based out of St. Louis and built friction- and chain-drive cars from 1907 to 1909 in the Success Auto Buggy’s works.