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What make and model shown in 1913 photo?


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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.

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It is too small to be a Winton. The small rear brakes suggest it is quite light. There is little definition where the radiator would be. That along with the distinctive full elliptic rear springs, and the position of the side and head lights, make me wonder if it might be a Franklin - like this one - http://www.flickr.com/photos/carphotosbyrichard/8202887663/

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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?

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NZ, I was thinking it was too small for a Winton as well. OTH, the hood is too square for a Frankiln and it doesn't appear to be sloping either.

Wolf, I was comparing it to a Maxwell compared but the hood is wrong for one.

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Great old car with the diamond-shaped rear window and the square-ish engine compartment and ballooned top. There were literally hundreds of makes of cars back then but the shape of the front body around the motor makes me think it's a Winton. However the rear window doesn't seem right. An RCH is maybe a better call.

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What is the context of the picture? Why is a WWI-era soldier standing guard over a vacant lot in a city?

If you look at the information below the picture, The reason that the soldier is there is because Dayton, Ohio had an extremely bad flood in 1913 and I am sure he is standing guard for looters. If you go to Dayton today you will see large earth retaining walls running through town along the river which were the correction for the flood of '13.

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It looks like a 13 RCH to me. Not many cars came with a 5 bow top in 13.

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

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