Note the steering damper, canisters maybe oil/ grease on front axle and headlamp lashes.
also the heavy duty wheels
The body style was first produced in Dearborn around February 1915. Canadian 1915 bodies came a bit later. This picture could have been taken no earlier than perhaps June of 1915.
Is that a reflection on the windshield, of a Japan flag.
The "Canisters" are accessory shock absorbers. Also looks like a electric bell on the cowl.
hay power steering clamped to frt axle lol. password popped right up last post, will have to type it in the rest of the day!!charley
Wasn't Japan an ally in WWI? Looks like they are holding Japanese and US flags. Car seems to be leaning excessively to left although appears there are more people on right side.
Yes according to “This day in History” at: http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/japan-gives-ultimatum-to-germany Japan had a 1902 alliance agreement with Britain and on Aug 23, 1914 Japan declared war on Germany. But the US did not declare war on Germany until Apr 6, 1917 ref: US Dept of History at: http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/japan-gives-ultimatum-to-germany And yes, I believe that is a Japanese flag (in this case War Flag of the Imperial Japanese Army ref: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Japanese_flags )
I’m thinking the car might be a 1915 as it looks like it has the early style side lamps as well as the four rivet fender bracket on the right front fender see: http://www.mtfca.com/encyclo/sl10.htm . But it might also be a 1916 as it appears to have an electric horn button on the steering column and the Canadian Price List of Parts do not list the electric horn button for the 1915s but start listing it for the 1916s. And is that rear fender crowned? Of course the horn button could have been added later as well as the fender.
Clearly the photo was not taken in 1914. I suspect the photo may have been taken as late as 1917 or 18 when the US had entered the war. Is there any other documentation on what was going on? Also would the clothing say if it was winter, spring, summer or fall?
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June of 1915 (or any other year) would be winter time in Australia.
That "rising sun" may be no more than the decorative arch top of a building across the street.
Clothing looks like spring or summer to me.
Gary, RHD car parked at the kerb. The passenger sitting on the running board has his feet on the raised footpath. The gutter makes the car look down on the left.
Colin, the 'heavy duty' wheels are demountable at the hub. They look like 'Sankey' brand types, made by seam welding two metal pressings together. They are strong, but over the years, rust does get a start and they will rust out from the inside. Many of the English cars imported into Australia came with this type of wheel as standard equipment.
Certainly a very interesting car.
Allan from down under.
Knowing Queensland weather I would say they are dressed for winter.
Manuel in Oz
There was a visiting Japanese ship at this time and most likely part or after a parade.
Here is another Aussie Brisbane Car
Here is another
Re, top picture . After looking at the background building it shows that the building behind is the now Treasury Casino & the Treasury hotel behind on the corner of Elizabeth & George St. I went to a friend [Harvey cole] to look closer at his X Brisbane 1915 T taxi restoration and compare same to the picture.Apart from the typical Brisbane taxi drivers cap --the car has the tool box mounted in the same position but the thing of interest is the top of the firewall that has 4 big screw holes[note in below picture ] that have held something like whatever is in the top picture. COULD IT BE THE SAME CAR AS PICTURED ???
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David look in the center of the windshield. There is another flag that looks like a Japanese flag.
The Japanese were allies during the Great War.
oops!!!!!I guess I did just now saw the date 2 months ago .my I am getting old!!!!!!!!!charley
From about October 1915 Automobile Club Queensland members were offering their cars to meet returning war vets and transporting them to hospitals .
By 1916 the club had 189 cars involved and in 1917 the enamelled badge on the radiator core was issued to identify the members involved in the RETURNED SOLDIERS TRANSPORT CORPS ( the initials at the top of the badge ).ACQ bottom of the badge- the Club's initials .
Acknowledgement ;Peter Cornell ," Car Badges of the Royal Automobile Club of Queensland ".
The work continued until disbanded in 1921 .
The Club was granted Royal Patronage by the Prince of Wales on his visit in 1921 .
Thank you Victor--The badge was certainly a mystery to any Queenslander i have spoken to Re, the car.