Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Woman Driver

Today's picture was taken in the 1910's, and shows a woman driving a car. In the early day of the automobile, I wonder if it was common for women to drive. I also notice that the steering is on the right side.

11 comments:

  1. We were (and are) ALWAYS better drivers than men!!!

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  2. I'm enjoying car week, thanks for the great theme! My great great uncle was an automotive pioneer, and the love for beautiful old cars wasn't lost in my blood.

    I have a photo of him buried in my blog, I'll have to find it for you.

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  3. I think electrics appealed at the time to the Ladies. Companies such as Baker made that a feature in their advertising. They were quick to start and quiet. Popular in the cities, where their limited range wasn't a factor.

    Early gas powered automobiles had to be cranked which required a bit of work, and if you weren't careful the crank could spin back, breaking your thumb or wrist.

    Charles Kettering's invention of the self starter removed one of the biggest drawbacks to gasoline powered cars. With gasoline 's greater range, and easeier starting electrics and steam automobiles faded away.

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  4. It looks like a 1906 Model-D Jackson. This is what I found on the internet:

    In 1792, Pennsylvania adopted legislation to establish a turnpike from Lancaster to Philadelphia. The charter legislation provided that travel would be on the right hand side of the turnpike. New York, in 1804, became the first State to prescribe right hand travel on all public highways. By the Civil War, right hand travel was followed in every State. Drivers tended to sit on the right so they could ensure their buggy, wagon, or other vehicle didn't run into a roadside ditch.

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  5. I notice the MFG name to be Jackson.
    Car looks like an early 1910 to 1917 model. There were hundreds of small shops that made cars during this time.
    My first Model "T" had the steering wheel on the right side. Thanks for the memory's

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  6. Maybe just posing for the photo and not actually driving. No posts today, what's the threat level?

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  7. I do not think it was common at all for women to drive cars in the early part of the 20th century. I know women in my family really did not learn to drive until after WWII. (Midwest - Missouri & Iowa) I cannot imagine having to wait for your husband to drive you somewhere!

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  8. No comments today.
    I hope it isn't because everyone is suppressing female driver jokes.

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  9. It is interesting to note that the hood that comes over would not keep the driver dry if it did rain. Lack of windscreen is major design flaw. She looks like she is concentrating pretty hard.

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  10. That's all wrong, so BACKWARD!

    Steering wheel on the right, and women driving.

    Pshaw! Whoda thunkit?

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  11. Don't forget the first long distance journey (106 km (60 miles) in an auto-mobile was made by Bertha Benz , the wife of its inventor, who thought her husband had failed to realise its potential. She did this alone with her children and had to carry out running repairs along the way. Please no more comments about the fair sex being unable to crank a car. See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bertha_Benz

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