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  1. Tire-change in process - useful interpretation. I'm sure you are correct. The photo was likely taken to document damage to the building, one that I know Wolf owned. There is a man at the center of the image, leaning against the bridge, looking at the camera. Maybe the photographer needed a focal point and placed someone there to serve that purpose. Whoever it is, they are intentionally standing there for the photo. I am wondering who it might be - Wolf, an insurance adjuster, or simply a photographer's assistant.
  2. After I exhaust the existing documentation, I can use your strategy and search selected eras of newspapers articles. So far, it does not look like he was part of any clubs or lodges.
  3. There is a zoom feature right above the photo, which enables you to look close-up at some part of the image. I'm not a antique car expert, so I have no idea what is going on. But it looks like the left rear wheel is propped up an inch or so, with a piece of wood behind the wheel. There is also a rod sticking out behind the same wheel. It looks like it is part of the car. I don't see anything near the other wheels.
  4. You make good points, but two ridiculous things happened. All the Dayton Daily News (DDN) negatives taken before 1940 were thrown out by a librarian. The DDN articles going back 100 years were never indexed, so there is no way to find out whether any pictures appeared in a newspaper, except by looking through the news every day during the years Wolf was active in Dayton. Instead, I'm relying on court papers, state records, and a couple of surviving photos, one of which I shared on here, to piece together his life. My wife bought a building he started, which is how I got interested in all this.
  5. I am guessing the owner would jack up the wheel if they planned to stay a while. If the engine had recently run, would the owner still jack it up if they thought they would drive away again soon?
  6. :)Hello, Background: I'm working on a biography of a man named William M. Wolf (1872-1940, Dayton Ohio). There is a surviving photo of a building he owned, and I'm trying to figure it if he might be in it. The photo below was taken in 1913, probably in early April, following a massive flood in Dayton, Ohio. Wolf's horse stable is pictured here. A national guardsman is watching over property to discourage looting. The car pictured is an RCH Model 25, which another forum member identified. I'm trying to piece together who the man in the center of the frame might be. He is leaning against the br
  7. Sure, there is a museum in Columbus, Ohio http://www.ohiohistory.org/collections--archives/archives-library They have a collection of bound books with motor vehicle registrations for several time periods http://collections.ohiohistory.org/starweb/l.skca-catalog/servlet.starweb If you end up going, let me know how it went. I'm curious how the information is organized in the books. The two archivists I talked to on the phone did not know very much, and were not interested in getting a book to answer a couple of questions. So your experience would be very valuable!
  8. When I zoom to examine the license plate, it looks to me like there are four digits. If that is the case, then it would be a plate (and presumably a registration) from 1912. The 1912 plates had four numbers and the 1913 plates had three, according to the website below. If I could narrow down which year, it would reduce the number of registrations to scan at Ohio History archive center. Do you see four digits or three on that plate? http://www.publicsafety.ohio.gov/links/BMV_History.pdf
  9. After some digging, I learned there is an Ohio Historical society building with registration records from the early 1900's. They would not tell me how they are ordered, but it is probably by registration number rather than license plate. In that case, I would have to scan from the beginning of the relevant year and look for vehicles of the same make and model, and location, to see if they match the suspected owner of the car. It would take a long time.
  10. I wondered about the use of that piece of wood, too
  11. I found a photo online, taken in 1913, that shows a 1913 RCH Touring car with a partially visible license plate. The photo was taken in Dayton, Ohio. Are there records of license plate registrations for these old vehicles? I would like to figure out the identity of the owner, and have a name of who it could be. http://content.daytonmetrolibrary.org/cdm/singleitem/collection/floodmcpf/id/412/rec/26
  12. Yes, you figured it out! I looked high and low, but finally found a good picture that matches the car thanks to the RCH clue. It is a 1913 RCH touring that sold for $900. http://www.earlyamericanautomobiles.com/americanautomobiles8b.htm
  13. I'm not a car expert, but I noticed a couple of things. The rear fenders flare upwards at the ends. The canopy window has a diamond on it. The only car I have seen with diamond canopy window is a Maxwell, but the headlights don't match that era. Are these unique aspects?
  14. Hello, I am new to this forum. At the link below, there is a vehicle visible on the left side of the image. It was taken shortly after the flood in Dayton, Ohio in 1913. Can anyone tell me what kind of car this is? http://content.daytonmetrolibrary.org/cdm/singleitem/collection/floodmcpf/id/412/rec/26 Another question from a newbie. Are there records of license plates for vehicles in Ohio from 1913? I can make out some of the numbers on the license plate in this image. Thanks!
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