This postcard image from Terry Boyce is the perfect photo for the Forth of July Ė note the large Stars and Stripes applied to the windshield. The Michigan license plate is dated 1917 and from the general appearance of the car it may be a new car with some mud splashed on the wheels and undercarriage.
The young manís name is not known but the women Terry got the postcard from believed he later served in the military and was part of the American Expeditionary Force operating in Siberia from late 1918 through early 1920.
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Black radiator with equal length windshield hinges dates the car to August 1916 - April 1917
The flag is a decal, just like the one that remains on Mark Cameron's 1916 Coupelet that was recently on ebay.
http://www.ebay.com/itm/1916-Ford-Model-T-Coupelet-/371324851298?forcerrptr=true &hash=item5674af9462&item=371324851298&nma=true&si=4WwrSn%252ByImHpQslA22XAawhPJ Cw%253D&orig_cvip=true&rt=nc&_trksid=p2047675.l2557
I just found out my Great Grandfather on my mom's side was part of the 339th Infantry- "Polar Bears" also. The unit was known as "Detroit's Own" as most of it was made up of men from Detroit and the surrounding area. He got here in 1914, via Buffalo, and worked at Dodge Main til he retired in the 1950's. They lived in Hamtramck.
Thanks for sharing this awesome picture!
Is that Steve Jelf on the right with his push lawnmower?
The car is a 1917.
Didn't realize the "crook" in the splash apron (mud guard) was still present then !
"Is that Steve Jelf on the right with his push lawnmower?"
Steve makes no secret of his longevity being due to long days of hard work.
If he was 45 years old when that photo was taken, that would make him 143
today. I'd say whatever he's doing, it is working !
Is there any modern day source for a flag decal like that?
If you can find or take a color photo of a good original flag, a vinyl sign company can duplicate it with peel and stick material. The flag by the way is a 48 star.
There are websites with flag decals, just Google 'flag decal images' and you can find these.
But all are 50 state star flags
Just Google "48 star flag decals" and several sources will pop up.
Does anyone know a source for 48-star small US flags? Period correct for most Model T's?
Apparently Bob Bergstat does; he includes them with the flag holders he has made.
Be sure to check the date of your T's production. From the start of production until January 6, 1912 you'll want 46 stars. January 6, 1912 until February 14, 1912 will require 47 stars and February 14, 1912 until end of production will need 48 stars.
I have a 48 star decal on my '13 touring. It's been on there since 1964, and has lots of fine age cracks going through it. It's on page 155 of Bruces black book.