52 Photos Week 12: Transportation

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in The Tree House by Eowyn Walker G2G Astronaut (1.7m points)
I could have sworn I answered instead of commented! Will try to post to an answer.
Rats, I've got nothing even vaguely related to transport.

Could you add to your blurb above that after someone adds the photo to the free-space gallery they need to copy and paste it into their answer or we don't know what photo on the gallery associates with what answer and don't see it in the answer.

OR is it the purpose that we have them only on the free-space gallery and not in the answer below. I'm confused.

Hi Eowyn, This really got my attention!  I put up two photos (copy/pasted them and made a note about them.  They showed up and then disappeared.  What did I do wrong?
They do not NEED to be posted into the G2G answers, if a link is provided to the free space page.

Just so long as there is a connection - either the photo itself or a link to the photo.
Thank you, Robynne, that helped. That helped!  Also found it was there .. on page 3.
The photos this week are wonderful!

54 Answers

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My Grandmother driving their first car in 1929 - a Citroen 12hp


by Christine Searle G2G6 Mach 3 (35.6k points)
edited by Christine Searle
Very nice
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My father-in-law Rudy Holmberg was a Forest Fire Warden in Connecticut and one of the early members of Middletown Emergency Management. His every day vehicle was a 1952 Dodge Power Wagon painted Dutch Boy Orange (just like all of his tools) named Big John. Once he couldn't physically drive it everyday it came to live with us in Massachusetts. The first picture is my son driving it in the 2012 Chesterfield Fourth of July Parade and the second picture is Rudy's last ride in it on August 6, 2016. We were escorted by a South District Fire Truck and an Emergency Management Vehicle. 

by Emily Holmberg G2G6 Mach 9 (95.2k points)
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I've always loved this photo of my maternal grandparents in their courting days (Henry Lee Eastman and Merle Rowley in about 1921 in Mitchell, South Dakota):


by Judy Bramlage G2G6 Pilot (103k points)
What a fantastic photo of the wagon pull by a horse I really love this photo
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This photo was taken few months before the beginning of the Spanish Civil War. It was my Great Great Grandparents   golden wedding anniversary   and all the single women in the family pose next to (and on) an old car. Some of them are my grandmother Margarita (my mother's mom), her sister Trini (my godmother) and her sister Lorenza (my father's stepmom). 

by Margarita López Gila G2G6 Mach 1 (17.3k points)
Can barely see the car - just one wheel.

Gosh there are so many women!!!!   LOL
Actually, if you look closely you can see two wheels!!! LOL
What a treasure this photo is! I noticed that the front wheel is blocked so the car won't roll.
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My great-grandfather, Ben Mounts, sometimes repaired cars for a living, and he took a lot of pride in his work, and his cars. 

This is the one he owned in the 1930s, and the family called it "Ponty II." A decade or so later, he had another one called "Little Pony." He was a Pontiac man, I guess. 

Before he took a car on a long trip, he always overhauled the entire engine and repainted the car - even if it was only going to end the trip caked in mud. 

by Jessica Hammond G2G6 Mach 3 (31.6k points)
Ben looks cool with that pipe in his mouth. Great photo, Jessica!
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My paternal Grandfather [[Cook-7768|Floyd Harrison Cook Jr.]] had an Old Town Canoe that he would put in the back of his old, red, rusty pickup truck (wish I had a photo of that) and we'd drive a short distance to Hunter Lake, on Hunter Mountain (in Livingston Manor, New York) and he'd teach me how to canoe

Hunter Lake

by Keith Cook G2G6 Mach 3 (33.8k points)
Beautiful woodwork inside that canoe, Keith.
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I definitely have options on this one, I have pictures of most everybody on my Mom's side on or behind horses. 

This is a favorite, even if it's a little hard to see.  A group of hardy but happy travelers in a North Dakota winter, probably in the 19-aughts (1900-1909).  Caption says "Ready for 30 mile drive", likely taken at what we called the Antelope Ranch, which was 30 miles from Glen Ullin.

by Rob Neff G2G6 Mach 5 (57.4k points)
edited by Rob Neff
What and amazing old photo it really is amazing
It does give you a perspective for modern conveniences!  A 30 mile drive at a horse's pace probably took 6 hours or more, with a feeding stop, and you're exposed to the cold and wind the whole time.
You'd have to be hardy to ride that long in such cold weather. Great pic, RN!
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My Second Great Grandfather, Thomas Louw Berning, with his horses and cart.  

by An-Mari Basson G2G1 (1.8k points)
A very distinguished looking gentleman Thomas is.
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My cousin George Lashley and family lived at 700 Sunset Boulevard, Hollywood, California in the early 1900's. Here they are seen pulling out of their driveway and getting ready to turn onto Sunset Boulevard.


I would love to have a photo of that same area taken today.


by Anonymous Magyar G2G6 Mach 1 (19.2k points)
edited by Anonymous Magyar
There's a 7000 Sunset Boulevard, but no 700.  It seems to start at 4500.
Wow what a famous address your cousin live in, the car really are gorgeous
R. Neff,

The photo was taken around 1904. Further research shows that in 1910 the town of Hollywood was annexed by the City of Los Angeles. After annexation some of the street names and numbers changed (Prospect Blvd. became Hollywood Blvd.). I'm sure the 7000 Sunset Boulevard address you found is the same location as the cross street to the east was then and is now Orange Avenue. Google maps shows there is an In-N-Out Burger on the lot where George's home once stood. Thanks for your help.


PS - If anyone in LA gets a chance maybe you could take a photo from the same angle and send it to me.


Wish I had the car today. That would be great fun to drive around in. I'm not 100% sure but it looks very similar to the 1903 Packard Model F shown here.


There's an overall view and several close-ups. Just scroll left and/or right.

WOW! Sunset Blvd. sure doesn't look like that anymore. A piece of history.
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This is my Paternal Great Grandmother Evelyn Octavia Maud Crawford Flintoff and Great Aunt Florence Flintoff in a convertible automobile in March, 1917.

by Susan Yarbrough G2G6 Mach 2 (27.9k points)
You can see how cold they are all bundled up.
You're right!  Yes, they do look cold!  Brrrr!  :)
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Grandpa Jake [[Roesch-85|Jacob Roesch]]  expanded his dairy business in the 1920s from taking his wife's students to school on his dairy wagon to buying a real school bus at the request of the city.  His new company lasted over 75 year of transporting children to school and adults to ball game, theaters, and other tour sites in the 11 western states with the latest party coaches in the country.  This was his first school bus. Western Trail Stages then became Roesch Lines, Inc.

Jake's 1st School Bus

by Barbara Roesch G2G6 Mach 4 (42.1k points)
Look at the horns on the top of the bus along with a rack for carrying stuff. What an entrepreneur Jake was.
Thanks Pip! I really hadn't paid much attention to how they date the photo!
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Herding On The Fast Track c1925. Grandma Melissa [[Blair-3686|Melissa Blair Roesch]]

Shepherding on the Fast Track

by Barbara Roesch G2G6 Mach 4 (42.1k points)
Well, that's one way to do it... herding by bicycle.
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This is my husband's uncle, Adam Crooke. He had just purchased this wagon to use as a taxi! 

by Alicia Taylor G2G6 Mach 4 (44.7k points)
That is one tall horse!
Transportation in its infancy!  Nice photo, great entrepreneur!
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Here's a photo of my father at age 3 in 1915, seated on a horse.


by Jaki Erdoes G2G6 Mach 2 (25.7k points)
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by Terri Jerkes G2G6 Mach 1 (12.3k points)
Great tractor.  I learned to drive on my grandfather's 1946 Ford tractor.
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This is a picture of Old Suz Steamer in front of the Laurel Fire Station circa 1900. My husband [[Halpin-348|Greg Halpin]] and his family were very involved in the fire department. After Greg retired from a 30+ career in the fire department he was named "Chief Historian" for the fire department. This is from his collection. It amazes me at things I never thought of. Back in the day with dirt roads the fire department would go around and water down the roads to keep the dust from the mud roads down. The horses were kept at the fire stations. It's amazing how in just a 100 years hows things have changed.

by Louann Halpin G2G6 Mach 6 (62.2k points)
Wow amazing old photo thank You for sharing this story and wonderful photo
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This is a photo of my Grandfather Joseph Guzzetta Sr. proudly posing with his auto. His parents had a cottage on the Finger Lakes in Western New York that the whole (HUGE) family would spend the summers at and this was taken one of those summers: I think about 1920. Just wish I knew what type of Auto it is, my dad I think once told me a long...LONG... time ago and I do not remember.

Joseph L. Guzzetta Sr. and his Auto - Circa 1920'ish

by Mike Guzzetta G2G6 Mach 3 (39.6k points)
It looks a fair bit like a 5-window Model A Ford, but those didn't come out until the late 1920's.
Looking at it some more, he's not wearing a tie, his shirt sleeves are rolled up, all much more casual than I would expect for 1920.  I think this picture is a little later than you think.
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This is one of the images on my great-grandfather's Murray Wilson TAYLOR profile. He was a policeman for the railroad in Ohio beginning in 1889, and was promoted to Chief of Police for the New York Central when it was combined with the Ohio lines. 
My great-grandfather was known as "The Chief" across the railroad in the country. Taylor-30625-3.jpg

by Sheri Taylor G2G6 Mach 2 (24.6k points)
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Week 12: Transportation. 
My Dad is in his Merchant Marines whites on his Dad's car. And in his profile picture, he is in his Merchant Marine dress blues, at his parent's house, with his Dad's car in the background. Jack Gerald TAYLOR, Sr


by Sheri Taylor G2G6 Mach 2 (24.6k points)
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My dad would restore old cars in his spare time and when his health allowed (lymphoma).  At one time our family had this set of Ford Mustangs in the family, all restored by him.  Good memories.

by Randall Gardner G2G6 Mach 2 (21.6k points)
My first car was a Mustang, a '68. I wish I'd never have sold it.

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