There's a Cadillac lurking above....
My understanding is that the same body company built the early Cadillac, Packard, and Ford bodies in 1903.
The lower right picture is recent. The car has an NH carburetor on it!
It's interesting that the '03 tonneau with the signs all over it has the slogan: "Ford -- The Universal Car" on the front of it. Did Ford use that slogan in pre-Model T times, or was that picture taken sometime later, during the T era?
The slogan came out later. I believe the car is being used to advertise the dealership William L Hugason Co. painted on the side. It appears it may have been the first sale they made earlier as the car does not appear as new.
Note the photo of the second car. It was not a production Ford but rather one that Ford constructed to help win the Seldon Patent case. See the article in the Sep 12, 1907 “Automotive Industries” at http://books.google.com/books?id=mxdaAAAAYAAJ&pg=PA353&lpg=PA353&dq=Selden+paten t+case+lenoir+ford+car&source=bl&ots=z4bT2Byi_J&sig=Ol3BY6JGoH5_8IHQEDQkGRCHH9g& hl=en&ei=cL3mToS3Bu2OsAKrhq3ZCA&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=2&sqi=2&ved =0CDIQ6AEwAQ#v=onepage&q=Selden%20patent%20case%20lenoir%20ford%20car&f=false
Looks like your huckster is ready to go out to the woods and bring back the Christmas tee. It looks great!
Hap 1915 cut off
Great photos as usual, and thanks for posting them.
I found Hap's comment about the second photo, the Selden car, to be really interesting - I knew nothing about that car! The photo is almost certainly taken outside Ford's New York agency - see the pic of another pre-T car below, at the same site.
The photo you refer to is "recent" in that it wasn't taken when the car was new, or even slightly used. The setting is one of the rear doors at the Henry Ford Museum and was probably taken in the 1950's.
The photo posted above by John Stokes, depicting the large touring car with Henry at the helm is a Model K Ford. Most likely a 1907 or 1908 model as it does not have the tulip body which was fitted to the early Model K's.
You are quite right Tim. As requested, just sent you a PM.
In the car are (left to right) Mr Ford, Elwood Rice (the electric signage pioneer), James Couzens,and Ford’s New York branch manager, Gaston Plantiff.
The photo of the '03 Ford taken at the Henry Ford Museum shows the rear of the car sitting on jacks.
Tim, how did you know that was a Model K?
I posted this photo here earlier but this a good time for it again......a 1903 Model A Ford....... :D