I had never realized that there was an old car on the back of the $10 bill. Many people think it's a model T. Here's an interesting article about that car .....
Popular opinion in the antique car community is that it's a 1929 Model A Town Sedan (not Town Car!) because of the cowl lights, three side windows and wider, lower radiator shell than a 1930-31 would show. These features were not available on 1928 Model A's, except the ultra-rare and entirely different-looking Town Car. Charlie Yapp wrote a great article about this subject in an early 1990's "The Restorer" issue, even contacting the government (Treasury Department) directly. The statement in quotes in your posting comes from the answer sent to Charlie.
I have a collection of old bills that I'm going through right now, and indeed, I have never noticed that car before.
Though even after reading the article, I have no idea as to why the author is so worked up over this.
That's all I got from it too, Cameron. The author just comes across as an anti-government conspiracy nut or some such. I got through the first two paragraphs then skipped to the ending. I don't see the point. And better yet, who cares? They're still worth only $10. YouTube is full of the money analyzers zooming in on US currency and claiming all sorts of hidden meanings. Some of them need to be on medication.
I've seen the Hupp allegation before. The car does resemble late twenties Hupmobiles in some ways, but it also has some Model A features. I suspect the theory that it's just an artist's rendering of a generic 1928 automobile is correct. If you look at dictionaries of the period, you see illustrations showing cars you can't identify as any particular make. The Wikipedia quote identifying it as early twenties is definitely wrong. It has the look of 1928 or thereabouts for sure. If the bill was introduced in 1928 as stated, I'd like to know what time of year. If it was August or later that would be in the 1929 model year and would account for the 1929 features.
The author isn't worked up. He's just having a bit of fun satirizing outlandish conspiracy theories that always crop up in any discussion involving government activities. When the "real" McKinley assassin drove by and was quickly engraved on the bill while passing, I wonder if the artist was standing on a grassy knoll.
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One of the many corollaries of Murphy's Law states that ordinary drivel tends to be pushed aside by pure drivel.
Even though the author is having fun he missed one very important "fact" It is that Henry Ford was an "insider" in the government and had the Model A grill added to the bill for "free" "subliminal" advertising. It seems to have worked very well,as the new Model A was very successful. That's my story and Im sticking to it ..... got to go, here come the guys with the jacket with belts again. I just hate it when they put that thing on me ..
Sort of like the 1929 Porter in the old series, MY MOTHER THE CAR
"1928 Porter! That's my mother, dear. Oh she helps me through everything I do and I'm so glad she's here!"
Okay. Send in the men in white.