Saturday, November 3, 2012

Indians and Technology


I heard an interesting old song the other day called "Geronimo's Cadillac" sung by Hoyt Axton. Got me to wondering if Geronimo had ever ridden in a car, and the answer was yes. The picture above shows Geronimo driving a Locomobile. So, this week I hope to bring you interesting early pictures of Native Americans with unusual technology.

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  1. Thanks, PJM. That is a real visual shock to me. I never thought about Indians driving a car because the usual picture you see of them is in their encampments grinding out a subsistance with their trusted poneys grazing around nearby. It will be exciting to see any other pictures you can find.

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  2. I may be wrong, but the two lower head lights appear to be hooked in with the steering system and looks like they may turn to shine in the direction of the turn.

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    1. I think you're right DADD. The top hat's
      a wonderful touch.

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  3. The song "Geronimo's Cadillac" was written by the very talented singer/songwriter Michael Martin Murphy. MMM has recorded collections of old cowboy songs mixed with his own compositions. He also wrote many songs for the concept album "Calico Silver" (about an old silver boom town) that was recorded by Kenny Rogers and the First Edition. Michael Martin Murphy is from New Mexico.

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    1. Murphey, actually - and it was written when he was still just Michael Murphey and wrote good songs. Lots of his fans were lost when he changed his tune, so to speak.

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  4. That photo was used by Neil Young for the cover of his most recent album (assuming that's what they still call them). I had thought it was a modern photo, made to look old, for the album cover. I'm really surprised to learn it wasn't.

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  5. Very interesting photo. Thanks so much for sharing it.

    Marilyn

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  6. It's a 1904 Model C. The headlights do not swivel.

    More on the car and the picture here:

    http://tinyurl.com/9wg95oe

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