A well known New York family at the turn of the twentieth century, Mr. and Mrs. William Van Anden.
This 1903 clip reports one daughter was educated at Vassar:
Her father, Mr. Van Anden, was the son of a famous inventor, William Van Anden Sr.. Among his accomplishments, the "freewheel" still used on modern bicycles. He is also listed as the inventor of the railroad spike:
Another son, Frank, was an early aviator and aeroplane builder:
One of the first references to the Van Anden's and automobiles was a clip about their attending the Ormond Beach (Daytona) races in 1904:
The Van Anden's lived a life of privilege that included travel, vacations and automobiling. Travels included a several month trip through Europe in 1906, with automobiling listed as one of the activities:
In 1907, Cornell educated son Frank would return to the U.S. from Italy, where his family and maternal grandmother had been living. One report says he is bringing his "motor car" too. Mr. And Mrs. Van Anden are reported moving to the city for the winter, then a trip to Mexico in the spring of 1908:
So, what kind of automobiles did the Van Anden's own?
You know where this is going......
More to follow, and Happy Holidays.
On August 6th, 1907, the "New York Times" reports the Van Anden's are touring through New England in a six-cylinder Ford:
Almost two years later, in May 1909, the "New York Tribune" reported that Mrs. Van Anden and her chauffeur were involved in a serious accident when their car turned over:
While we don't know the make of car in the accident, the October 23, 1909 Brooklyn Life magazine published a photo of Mr. van Anden's private garage. Cars in the photograph were a Northern, Italian O.T.A.V., Ford Six and Mitchell:
The September 1909 "Brooklyn Life" issue included a Mitchell registration to "W. M. Van Anden" of Islip. I'm not sure if the Ford (and Northern) were already registered, or if the Ford was destroyed in the accident above, and not registered by Sep 1909 (the photo may have been taken before the accident.
The next three years registrations don't show a Ford, and in 1910 the Van Anden's register three Mitchell cars:
1909 Mitchell 40-45 hp car:
In 1918, at the age of 76, W. M. Van Anden passes:
Quote: "Not sure if the Ford was destroyed in the accident above"... end quote.
But I'll bet there was an unemployed chauffeur after the accident!
Interesting reading of how the poor folks from the past struggled to get along.
Happy New year
I used to think the Model K was a "poor man's" high end car. However, there seem to be many instances where the "wealthy" own Model K who could have purchased any car they chose.
It looks to me as if Ford had two of the best cars in their respective classes, helping Ford become the number one seller of cars in 1907. And we know where that led......
Happy New Year,