That has to be one of the best promotional vehicles ever!
The Bungalow Ford.
That is why they made the Doctor's Coupes, for home visits.
"Like a good neighbor" ...If you could ever find him!
It's a neat photo, but doesn't it look a little like it was "photo shopped"? In particular, the guy on the right just doesn't look right. His hand is shown around the radiator filler neck with his elbow tight against his body and he appears to be standing straight. Also, the shadow doesn't fit the shape of the vehicle.
Don't misunderstand me. I'm not being critical, I think it's a really interesting example of period advertising. Thanks for posting it, Jay!!
Henry, "Artist License" was used on many postcard photos of the day.
The driver owns that dog in the muddy road picture.
FLGenWeb Digital Library and Archives
Pinellas Co. Biographies
CARTER, Charles R.
Author: The History of Florida: Past & Present, The Lewis Publishing Co., Vol. III, page 139, 1923
CARTER, CHARLES R., secretary-treasurer of the Foley-Carter Insurance Agency at St. Petersburg, the largest insurance and bonding business in Pinellas County, has been active in business and civic affairs in St. Petersburg for a number of years, and prior to that was a railroad man.He was born in Lowndes County, Georgia, April 30, 1878, a son of RUFUS T. and MARTHA (COLEMAN) CARTER. His parents were born in Georgia, and his mother is now living at St. Petersburg. The father brought the family to Florida in
1902, and in 1909 settled in Pinellas County, where he died in 1916.
Only child of his parents, CHARLES R. CARTER was reared and educated in Georgia, and as a youth entered the operating department of a railroad company, and for a number of years was a passenger conductor on the Coast Line Railway with a run between Jacksonville and St. Petersburg. Mr. CARTER resigned from the railroad in 1912, and then engaged in the real estate business at St. Petersburg. The handling of real estate is now only a side line to the insurance and bonding business of the Foley-Carter company.
Mr. CARTER took an active part in organizing the city commission form of government for St. Petersburg, and has been a member of the commission since 1916, and is now chairman of the board. He was for two consecutive years president of the Chamber of Commerce, and has been a leader in all matters involving the growth and development of the city. He served as exalted ruler
in 1919 of the Lodge of Elks, and was a delegate to the National Convention at Chicago in 1920. He is affiliated with the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and Modern Woodmen of America, and is active in the democratic party.
His first wife was Miss GERTRUDE CHITTY, of Micanopy, Florida. She died in 1909, leaving one son, CHARLES R., Jr., who is now attending the city schools of St. Petersburg. In 1912 Mr. CARTER married LULA De LOACH, of Lowndes County, Georgia. They have two children, FRANK De LOACH and ANN ELIZABETH.
There's enough details in the pic to make me think that it's real--notice the windshield, and the house looks like it's built to accommodate driving the T. The guy Henry thought had his hand around the filler neck, I think is just standing behind the car, and the filler cap is almost visible in front of him, just glare there.
Really cool--would be fun to recreate something like this!
A lot of the old photos that are in color are from before there was color film. They were "colorized" I guess you could call it "early photo shop" There were different ways to do it. You could either do it on glass slides, or on the black and white picture itself. They usually used water colors to just "paint" in the color. Most early "colorized" photos are in a "pastel shade of color". There was loss of details in the process. There were other methods used depending on the photo.
Is it just me or would that be a heck of a fun build project? Not sure what I would do with it though. Probably take a lot of grief from the police on that rig.