I have always enjoyed the posts from other forum members showing family members and there cars. I finally have one of my own. My great grandfather George Dimock lived his whole life in Mt. Uniache Nova Scotia.
This photo shows him with his family in their Ford. I would appreciate some help dating this photo as the was no information with it.
The car is a 1912 and appears to have Torpedo rear fenders.
Great first pic Dennis, thanks. I suppose Nova Scotia was one of those early right hand drive provinces, anybody know?
I guess it's a Canadian car because it is right-hand drive (but no licence plate or writing anywhere to confirm the negative wasn't flopped when the print was made). The brass windshield, with it's separate, wooden extension on the bottom looks like 1911, but the fore-door installation on a wooden body looks like early 1912. Yes, the rear fenders are very odd, but so is the lack of cowl lamps and the lack of end-caps on the armrests.
Great photo, great family portrait.
By the way, I really like your great-grandfather's cap.
Dave, Nova Scotia switched from right side to left side April 15 1923 at 0200. Approximately!
Thanks Rob. Must have made for good conversation for the next couple of months, even while driving side by side.
His vest is buttoned left over right, picture should be printed correctly. Nice picture Dennis.
Excellent detective work, Mr. McDonald!
The weathering of the brass and the dull appearing splash aprons make it appear that the picture was taken at least 3-4 years after the car was new. If there had been a rear fender bender, I could see them replacing the rear fenders with the 1915-17 fenders that you see. That would fit with the age of the car as pictured.
I'm thinking that the steering wheel is much larger than a normal 1912 T. Both my 1912's have a much smaller spyder and wheel diameter.
There's no speedometer gear on the far wheel, which confirms that the picture isn't flipped.
The rear door overhangs the lower body platform, shorter firewall would indicate 10/11. The front doors resemble 12. Rear fenders are interesting!
The rear doors are flush with the body in 12.
Thank all of you for your input.
Great grandpa Dimock was a miner, the mines had all failed by 1912 so a new car seems unrealistic. A school paper written by my grandmother in 1912 says the miners were left to hunt rabbits.
My great grandfather had changed to blacksmithing so he had some income. The boy in the photo is my grandmother's brother Victor. He died in 1922 at 18 so that is all that I had to go on without your help.
Thank you again
The car is a early 1912. The late 1911 have the dip type foredoor. Early 1912 have the straight top door at the same time they were transitioning to the one-piece dash. The step side body was made for a short time before the slab side.
The car is Canadian made, probably a Gray & Son's body. 30x3-1/2" wheels all around. The rear fenders could be commercial roadster fenders from 1912 or replacement 1915-1916 fenders. Horn is 3/4 twist. I agree with H, the steering wheel looks larger. The crank handle is either rubber or painted aluminum.
Thanks for posting. Do you have it available in a high resolution?
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Was your great grandfather a gold miner? there was a number of gold mines in that area at the turn of the century.
that back door just don't fit right!!!!!!!!!!charley
I sent the photo that you requested.
My great grandfather was a Gold miner.
He was born in Hants 1n 1866 when the mines were just opening.
My grandmother was born at Mt. Uniache Mines, in Hants in 1893.
My grandmother and her surviving brothers and sisters moved to San Diego in the early 1900s.
My Great Grandparents died at Mt. Uniache Mines in the late 1940s.
A search on Mount Uniache Mines gives a very interesting website which shows where they lived and has a copy of my grandmothers essay about the decline of the mine.
the way I see this body the door hooks is all that's keeping the back seat from falling off????charley