Old Photo - Big Doing’s at the Hillsborough Train Station Part I - Help Date the Model "T" Fords

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Model T Ford Forum: Forum 2014: Old Photo - Big Doing’s at the Hillsborough Train Station Part I - Help Date the Model "T" Fords
Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By David Greenlees on Saturday, June 07, 2014 - 07:11 am:



This image is part of an ongoing effort to help the Hillsborough Historical Society to identify the cars and trucks in the photographs in their archives. Please take the
time to look at the two enlargements on The Old Motor and help us to identify and date the cars for them. Three Model “T” Fords can be seen in the photo along with
a Buick Roadster, but the rest may take a bit more work to determine their maker.

Let us know what you may find and view the other interesting earlier photos from the Society at: http://theoldmotor.com/?p=121628


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Mark Strange on Saturday, June 07, 2014 - 07:19 am:

Which Hillsboro is this picture from? I live in Hillsboro, Missouri, USA.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Dave Wells on Saturday, June 07, 2014 - 08:01 am:

I would say we have a '16 Touring in the center background, a '17 Touring to the left of that and a ' 17 Runabout up front.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Gary Schreiber- Santa Isabel Ecuador on Saturday, June 07, 2014 - 08:15 am:

Mark, I believe it's Hillsborough, New Hampshire.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Larry Bohlen, Severn MD on Saturday, June 07, 2014 - 08:18 am:

Somebody important on the back of the train crowd cheering men waving hats. President? Governor?


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By David Greenlees on Saturday, June 07, 2014 - 08:27 am:

"Which Hillsboro is this picture from? I live in Hillsboro, Missouri, USA."

Sorry for not including that, yes it is the small town of Hillsborough, New Hampshire that is located in the central southern part of the state.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By charley shaver on Saturday, June 07, 2014 - 08:37 am:

#2 from the left back row is a 1913 overland mod 71 with 4 passenger body.#1 frt row left is a caddy .charley


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By brass car guy on Saturday, June 07, 2014 - 08:42 am:

The car in the fore front #2244, appears to be a 1913 Buick Roadster. Not sure of the exact model.

brasscarguy


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Mark Gregush Portland Oregon on Saturday, June 07, 2014 - 11:52 am:

Whistle stop would make sense as President Franklin Pierce was from there.
http://archive.org/stream/historyofhills01brow/historyofhills01brow_djvu.txt
I scanned the text but it really does not to into the 20th century too much.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Larry Bohlen, Severn MD on Saturday, June 07, 2014 - 12:02 pm:

If any of the license plate guys know what year those NH plates are then that would help.

Here's my guess: President Calvin Coolidge on his way to Washington after Hardings death. That would be 1923. If not then it's a campaign stop most likely.

Larry


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Mark Gregush Portland Oregon on Saturday, June 07, 2014 - 12:11 pm:

I enlarged the photo, the plates look to be 1917 which would fit the ages of the cars.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Chris Paulsen - McPherson, KS on Saturday, June 07, 2014 - 06:24 pm:

The Buick (plate #2244) is a 1913 Model 24-the smaller of two roadsters built that year.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Dave Wells on Saturday, June 07, 2014 - 06:46 pm:

I can also see the 1917 plates. That picture could be a send off for WW1 soldiers heading off to war.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By David Greenlees on Saturday, June 07, 2014 - 09:22 pm:

Thanks for all of your responses as we getting close to having all of the cars in this photo identified.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Dan Haynes on Sunday, June 08, 2014 - 09:00 pm:

The touring car on the left in the front row is a Cadillac.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By David Greenlees on Sunday, June 08, 2014 - 09:58 pm:

I thought the same thing that the plates might be 1917, but the year on the plates is a bit fuzzy so I thought it best not to guess.

I have the second photo ready to go for tomorrow and on that image I found an actual 1917 notation by the photographer so now we can all be certain of the year.

Thanks for all your help and the Hillsborough Historical Society has also asked me to thank all of you.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Dave Wells on Sunday, June 08, 2014 - 10:10 pm:

Glad to help and thanks for posting the pic. It's one of the better pics I've seen here. Nice detail of the rear of the Model T Runabout which helps us all. 1917 was the first year for the black era Model Ts which certainly helps with the date. Good to see someone do the research instead of just guessing. I was in an old hotel yesterday and they had an old pic on the wall that showed a 1917 or so T Runabout out front of the building. Below the pic it said "circa 1910". Not even close.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Erik Johnson on Sunday, June 08, 2014 - 10:47 pm:

Looks like 1917 NH plates to me.

Even if the year was too fuzzy, you could date the photo via deduction. That style of New Hampshire plate (NH above and year below) with dark over light background (actually green over white) and no period or dash between the digits was issued in the following years.

1915
1917
1919
1921

You can automatically rule out 1915 because of the black radiator Fords. You can then possibly rule out 1919 and 1921 because of the cars in the photo.

If the folks at the historical society really wanted to figure out what was going on, a person with a little ambition could research the local newspaper for 1917 and probably attach an actual event to the photo. (I've done this type of research - it's not difficult.)


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