I would be a lot happier looking than these folks if I were sitting in an 09 !
Looks like he's smoking a stogie. There goes the resale value.
Thanks Herb, that's a great picture! Running board covering looks about the same color as the tires. All these early 09 Fords seem to have the big 3 tier E&J side lights, the control levers are definitely brass plated.
Willie -- Having your picture taken back then was serious business! Way before we were told to "Say cheese" or"Say Model T", they were told not to move at all for several seconds. It's a wonderful picture of what was at the time a remarkable new invention, and what is now a very rare automobile. As Kim alluded, the rubber parts are not white, but an off-white color of some sort. Compare the rubber parts with the shirts and dress of the folks in the picture, and it's obvious that they were not white. Maybe they were gray, or tan, or red, which all were colors of rubber at the time, depending upon what was used to produce the rubber.
Can someone get rid of the writing Please
otherwise a great photo
In the photo, mom in the back seat looks happy. Dad looks chewing on his cigar looks stern because he wanted the new model with 3 pedals.
Great photo Next month dad bought the factory kit to get three pedals, I guess, but I wonder why the boy wasn't pleased? Maybe he wanted a Buick instead :S
Nobody mentioned crank handle standing up.
Real early 1909.
Didn't the crank handle location feature coexist with the water pump engines so it was used on the first 2500 cars, while the two lever / two pedal system was dropped around #800?
What makes you think the tires were'nt white?? Surely you don't think they stayed white after they were driven on dirt roads and mud do you??? If you have a white T-shirt and you jump off in a mud hole, does that mean it was never white??
A quick retouch.
Kevin I think what they were getting at is that it is known that the tires were off white to begin with. Comparing the known color of the tires to the color seen on the running board is an indicator of what the color of the running board was like.
I have seen a NRS car with white rubber covered running boards , but that was, I'm pretty sure a restoration.
Steve Jelf knows much more about photography than I ever will. Many cameras of that time were set up, the photographer then stood to the side and squeezed a bulb to click the camera. This was done, in part so that the camera would not be jiggled as the slow acting film did its job. I think the boy is looking at the photographer instead of the camera.
Drive carefully, and enjoy the holidays! W2
I thought that was dust on the running boards giving them that shade.
Briscoe made radiators, gas tanks etc. in Detroit for many types of autompbiles.They started to make the Briscoe car in Jackson,Michigan 1915-1921 which became the Earl car.The Briscoe was also made in Brockville,Ontario,Canada from 1916-21.
I own a 1917 Briscoe model B424 touring car with the "half million dollar motor".
Thanks Scott. I thought of it being a Briscoe as I remember hearing that they were used on the early T's. Look at this one. It appears that it is one piece on the sides. Other brass T radiators have a seam between the tank and the vertical side.
come over sometime and I will get out my 8 X 10 view camera for you to play with. The main reason for the squeeze bulb shutter trip is that after using the ground glass back for framing the photo you slide in the film there... so there is absolutely nothing to look through on the camera... no viewfinder, nuthin'. You stand there with your little bulb in hand and watch your subject until you are ready to do the exposure.
You are right, with the squeeze bulb a pneumatic piston trips the shutter and you are not touching the camera and shaking it. This and tripods are the biggest reason vintage photos are very sharp... another is that you must focus the image on every shot, later point and shoot box cameras depended on the depth of field and faster film to eliminate the need to focus.
The early 1909 running boards are in fact boards covered with grey linoleum.
Royce, I am leaning toward the off white/gray ribbed rubber mat used on the 1908 model S roadster as running board covering for the early 1909's.