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.

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  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.

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  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.

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  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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