Friday, November 9, 2012

Driving into the Sunset


We say good bye to Indian Technology Week today with this picture of a group of Indians riding in a Toledo Automobile. The picture was taken in 1905.

Well, the Evil Nate Maas continues to pester this blog by raising doubts in people's mind about the goings on in Chickie Town. Maybe I will have a domestic update on Sunday to catch people up on things. Then, hopefully Nate will go back to being a nuisance somewhere else. Oh, and notice DADD did come back to his good senses and posted yesterday. No one really wants to be on Nate's side on this.

16 comments:

  1. That's a neat picture, Mr. PJM.

    I'll be glad to see some updates... I'll be checking early on Sunday. I am anxious to find out how the chickens, peacocks, tractor (remember how long you talked about getting a tractor?), the old cars and the garage are doing. You have set the standard high... it will have to be a long update (or a series through the week)

    Keep up the good work

    Graham in St. John's

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    1. Yes, PJM did set the bar high with all his projects over the last couple of years.
      But then he cut us off cold and left us hanging high and dry.
      Inquiring minds want to know.

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  2. Those look like "movie indians" to me. Fun pictures this week.

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  3. Looks like an Indian version of th Beverly Hillbillies.

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    1. Thats funny! My first thought when looking at this picture was that of Granny propped up in her rocking chair in Jethro's truck.

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  4. Nate, It looks like PJM may meet the domestic update demands this weekend and this picture is too cool, not to comment. First off, where is their inspection sticker? If you don't have a windshield to stick the sticker on to does that preclude you from having to get an inspection? I wonder when was the first year that inspections were required. They are also breaking the seat belt law big time, LOL. I love the headlights, are those kerosine lamps mounted to the front? Can this car really hold that many people in full Indian dress? It looks like they are standing up so don't stop short whatever you do. Finally, the stearing wheel is on the right hand side of the car. That makes me wonder, in 1905 could you order a car with the stearing wheel on whatever side you want?

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    1. Some interesting facts,

      The Wikipedia says:

      "Most early motor cars had the drivers seat in the middle. Later some manufacturers chose to have the driver's seat nearest the centre of the road in order to look out for oncoming traffic whilst others chose to put the seat on the other side so that the drivers could avoid damaging their vehicles on walls, hedges, roadside gutters and other obstacles. Eventually the former idea prevailed."

      Why do you think the side of the road came about with automobiles? Horses were told to stick to the left going over London bridge (not the bridge that moved to Arizona) in 1756. The general Highways act of 1773 in Britain applied the rule to the entire country. And although I have looked hard, I do not see any steering wheels on horses. Napoleon made his troops keep to the right.

      But in the early days of automobile they put the steering wheel mostly in the middle.

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    2. An explanation I have heard, which I find quite plausible, is that heavy transport in the U.S, in early days, involved large teams of oxen, or mules, and thus long whips were used by the drivers to signal and control the leading animals. Where drivers travelled on the left side of the road, and the whip was held in the right hand, there was less chance of the whips of opposing teams tangling.
      Whereas the british rule, that you pass right side to right side, originated in days when riders might need a sword in their right hand for defence.
      The central steering point was only used in a few very early cars, most of which were steered not by a wheel, but a tiller.

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  5. Truly you and Nate should let this "feud" thing go. It's too edgy and is going to bother some folks. It's bothering me. I go to the old picture sites because the pictures fascinate me and for no other reason.

    Will from Lafayette

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  6. I for one enjoy the rivalry. I think it adds a comic book or old time radio show sense of drama to things. As was mentioned it's all in the name of fun so I say a little insurrection once in a while never hurts.

    Love the old pictures too!

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  7. Is it just me or does there appear to be smoke coming from behind the trees way back behind the Indians? Do you suppose they just set a settlement a blaze and are making their getaway? LOL!

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  8. They are a nice looking bunch, car included.

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  9. Great photograph. It got a big smile out of me. Just thought I'd post a comment to assure you that you have plenty of visitors all the time.

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  10. I agree with JeepGirl - those are movie Indians, or Hollywood Indians. They didn't wear warbonnets everyplace they went, and not all Nations used them.

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  11. I can't be sure, but I think the pic may come from the 101 ranch wild west show in 1904.
    There's a pic of Geronimo in a Locomobil, with a bunch of indians dressed up like this. The show attracted, so one site says, 65,000 people.
    Many former indian warriors were held fairly nearby at Fort Sill, Oklahoma, and attended the show as part of the spectacle, under guard, and on parole.
    I stole this pic and stuck in a blog-post, alongside Geronimo, but I'd be really interested to know its source.
    http://gritinthegears.blogspot.co.uk/2012/11/hey-boys-take-me-back.html

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  12. LOL I see that police behind them!;););)....I really love this website! Its the only thing saved in my favorites!....for fun free time things..:( its been months sense i looked on here. so many pics have been posted sense then!and unseen by me! I dont have time for this lap top I have! but now:)
    this picture and description made makinme smile!
    love all the pictures ,names and stories! fun!
    And i hadd to comment on it!:)
    i see the sherif behind um!;);)
    --thanks for your time reading my comment;) hit me up;)--;):):)

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