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I ran across a bunch of photos with cars in them, from the early 20th century, showing the general area that I grew up in. Should be fun to guess what kind of cars they are. I can spot the Model Ts easily but I'm not positive about most of the others.
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Circa 1928
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And this one just for fun, from 1925. Love the message on the wagon.

"Some day you will own a horseless carriage. Our gasoline will run it. Gilmore Oil Co."
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Hay I know that one it is a FourMule Serietop Conostoga Tanker..... :lol: .....

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Steve Simmons wrote:And this one just for fun, from 1925. Love the message on the wagon.

"Some day you will own a horseless carriage. Our gasoline will run it. Gilmore Oil Co."
Steve - Great photos. Two seconds of searching on Gilmore Oil Company proved interesting. E.B. Gilmore was quite the race enthusiast - Gilmore Stadium built in 1934 in LA, Indianapolis 500 entries and a near 400 mph land speed record.

Flipping through the slide deck below highlights some of his accomplishments.

http://www.farmersmarketla.com/history/ ... lide8.html

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I found the land speed record car interesting, because in 1947 it became the Railton Mobil special and achieved 396.4 mph, driven by John Cobb. That record stood until, I think, 1966.
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THANK YOU ! :thumbs: .

I'm not a Native to Cali but I sure do love it here and especially enjoy any old photos .
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Now a few of Simi Valley in the early part of the 20th century

For added fun, who can identify the car in the first photo? It's a tough one, so I'll give some hints if no one gets it.
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Neat stuff. I used to live a block from the old Santa Susana Hardware building. I've actually been inside, but didn't know it was that old. The street lamps are no longer there.
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The mystery car looks very much like a 1905 Rambler.
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You got the year right. Or at least I think it is right. I do know that this vehicle was being manufactured in 1905.
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It looks like a White steam car.
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Not a steam car. I do know that they made both a 2 and 4 cylinder version.
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Steve,

It's a Tourist like this one, made about 1908. It is two cylinders under the seat. This one is being worked on by Loren Burch in Pasadena. I was just there this morning to check out his MGTC project.

There's at least one Pope Hartford in those photos.
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Nicely done, Robb! Here is the photo with caption...
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Wow. $1,700 in 1905 is equivalent to $45k today. Not many creature comforts for all that cash. Mobility came at a high price.

Don't suppose they financed it for 6 years, do ya? No wonder they got their picture taken.
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This isn't that old (maybe early 60's) but what are the odds that in a random photo of the 101 freeway through L.A. there would be an MG TD and and MGA driving next to each other?
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Cool photo. You know it is before 63 as all the cars are still wearing their yellow plates.

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Also, perhaps a TR3 in front of the MGA?

Good eye, Dean. It looks like a '59 or '60 is the newest car model I can see.
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I was thinking a Bug Eye from the tail light placement and shape.
I also was laughing at the Ford that is taking two lanes of traffic up...Probably looking at the MG's

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So here are a few old car photos I recently scanned from an album of photos that I bought as an album, probably 8 years ago and forgot about until a recent "spring" cleaning.
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Sweet ! .

I like the action shot but the young man and his spiffy '35 Ford DeLuxe is the best :bow: .
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Following up on the photo of the 101 with the two British cars, I just came across this one showing what could possibly be an MG TD on the left. Hard to tell, but it's smaller than the other cars and has a tan roof, suggesting convertible. Shape looks about right. It was labeled as 1940's but looks like early 50's to me.
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I also found this great old photo showing the birth of the tract home in Southern California. This one was titled "moving in day" or something similar. What a great view of a unique period in American history.
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Finally, here is a photo from 1936 of old route 99 (San Fernando Road) at Fletcher Street in the Northern portion of the San Fernando Valley. I located where the photo was taken and then grabbed a Google Street View. Note the Van De Kamp's Bakery building is still there, as is the Standard gas station (Chevron) which is still in business!
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Steve Simmons wrote:Following up on the photo of the 101 with the two British cars, I just came across this one showing what could possibly be an MG TD on the left. Hard to tell, but it's smaller than the other cars and has a tan roof, suggesting convertible. Shape looks about right. It was labeled as 1940's but looks like early 50's to me.
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On the right in the front of the picture in a brownish tan is a 1952-54 Austin Somerset
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I like old local photos. Here's an old one of the Conejo Grade.

http://www.kcet.org/updaily/socal_focus/Loyola-101.jpg
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