Probably not a Ford, but too good not to share.
Steam engine, car, two bikes, horse, 10 men, 1 boy, wagon in background. Shovel, coal, and a hat on the ground but everyone is wearing a hat and a tie...except the photographer? Interesting, the fenders deflect the road rather than captivate it.
I can't get within a 10 ft of a steam engine with out getting grease every where and there sitting on it in there Sunday best, kind of looks like a Russel traction engine,
The bunker decal on the Steam engine identifies it as a Keck Gonnerman
I would love to know more about this interesting photo. What is everyone dressed up for? A nice display of period transportation with the bike, steam engine and automobile all in the same place at the same time - why?
In any case a great photo even without any details. Thanks for posting it.
The car looks like a Cadillac. Mine is very similar. My brother and I had ‘15 65hp Case
The guy in the passenger seat of the Caddy is not happy to be there. Crossed legs, crossed arms, doesnt even want to look at the camera!
He's also wearing what look like lifts. Either he's short and not too happy about that either, or he had polio...
If those two young men in dark jackets in front of him made it into the 1920's, they probably made a killing (and not just monetarily...) during Prohibition!
Keck-Gonnerman, what a lovely name. Rolls off the tongue, (much like VanOoteghem!!). Why are we not all plowing our fields with Keck-Gonnermans today? I always find it interesting what brand names existed in the days before marketing gurus came up with slick brand names and people used their real names as brand names. Makes me wonder if perfectly viable companies, with excellent products, went out of business simply because they had odd, obtuse sounding names. I really believe that was the tipping point for Oldsmobile. Olds cars were really no different than the other GM offerings, except for the "old" sounding name.
Jerry,I think the Keck were the last people to build trash machines and steamers in maybe 1939??Bud in Wheeler,Mi.
According to the winternet Keck-Gonnerman went into business in 1873 and according to the article I found "lasted longer than many other companies building steam traction engines" although they don't say when they quit. Reference is made to a "tractor" built in 1924. J.I. Case quit building steamers in 1927. It works be fun to learn more about Keck-Gonnerman !
Jerry - I kinda' like the name,...."American Underslung". Don't know if the car was any good, but it's sure a neat name!
Oh,....and, great photo by the way!
More than anyone could- or should- know about the Keck- Gonnerman Company can be found in this exhaustive article from "Belt Pulley"magazine: