Thursday, March 17, 2016

Chalmers Automobile

Today's picture shows an example of a Chalmers Automobile. Perhaps more interesting than the brand of car, is that the car is driven by a Native American family. I wish I knew the story behind the picture, but was not able to find any information. The picture was taken in 1915.


  1. According to the Library of Congress: Wildshoe Family members identified by Bob Bostwick (Coeur d'Alene tribe press secretary) and Bertha Swan (grandaughter of Phillip Wildshoe) as: front seat: Phillip Wildshoe, his wife Eugenia and baby Eugenia; middle seat: sons David (warbonnet) and Vincent: back seat: daughters Rosie and Anne (child) and unidentified woman, probably from the Kootenai-Salish tribe.

    The photo was taken by Frank Palmer (1864-1920) sometime around 1916 outside Spokane, Washington.

  2. It must be a publicity shot. War bonnets were only worn -wait for it! - when the wearer was going to war. Each feather represented an enemy killed in combat.

  3. Yep, my research says ditto. "The Wildshoe family, members of the Coeur D'Alene tribe, go for a ride somewhere near Spokane, Washington."


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