Some historical photos of the time in our history that was before the automobile took over daily life.
Some Ts in the last picture to keep things relevant.
Thanks for taking the time to post this. It is very interesting, and enjoyable.
Thanks for sharing.
The cutters, sleighs and bobsled photos and descriptions were interesting.
That's a lantern, not a lamp.
A familiar story from this era is that the only two automobiles in town managed to run into one another. What we don't hear about so much is how common were runaways and wrecks with horse drawn vehicles. My favorite of the many told here is the one about halfway down the page about Doc Lacey, who had "spent the evening hobnobbing with the great god Bacchus".
I thought it was an interesting reminder about how much horse power was a part of everyday life prior to the automobile. Except for railroads and ships, personal travel, and commerce depended on horses. Farming was not possible without them. Then in just one generation everything changed.
Sort of related true story:
Sometime around 1915 my grandfather, then a single 20 year old, made a bet with some buddies that he could ride the "bronco" that so far nobody had been able to stay on. The horse was in the front yard of a house on Vine Street in San Jose, CA. The yard was fenced and the front gate was just a horizontal pole across the opening.
After making a few friendly wagers he climbed aboard. The horse bolted through the gate and galloped full tilt toward the center of town. When they got to the intersection of Market St. and Santa Clara St., still moving fast, they collided with one of the few cars in San Jose at the time.
At this point in the story my grandfather would explain that there were only 3 cops in San Jose. One was stationed at First and Santa Clara, one at Market and Santa Clara, and the chief who walked between the other 2.
One of the 3 had to shoot the horse due to a broken leg. My grandfather had flown a good distance landing largely on his face. A lot of skin had been scraped off both his face and his arm. The medical treatment was liberally applied iodine. Ouch!!!
My family story of the nineteenth century meeting the twentieth century......