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This was in a bag of old coins my son received from his uncle for Christmas.

from what little I could find about the F.O. Bailey carriage co.

they started building automobiles under the name Maine motor carriage company in 1901

 

anyone have a picture of a Maine motor carriage, or know how long they were in business?

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Standard Catalog of American Cars 1805-1942 says this company was incorporated in 1913 but no car was ever built.  Nice small collector piece though!

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There are people that collect those good luck charms. I'll bet that is a rare one.  Cool !!

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Thanks for the info guys

since they didn't build any, it explains why I couldn't Google a picture of one.

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5 hours ago, avantey said:

Standard Catalog of American Cars 1805-1942 says this company was incorporated in 1913 but no car was ever built.  Nice small collector piece though!

My first edition of that book says:

 

Maine Motor Carriage was organized late in 1903 with Capital Stock of $10,000, in Portland Maine. (sounds a bit too sparse for a good start-up)

 

"Manufacture of a car is doubted"  (quoted word for word)

 

I suppose there is only a slight chance that there might have been a prototype if they already had carriages to modify...or some scaled model for investors, but that $10K seed money does not sound like a very serious attempt?

 

 

Some people know how to search newspapers in local libraries, if the newspapers were saved.  That may be the only thing to research.  Seems to me, that if they had a factory and tooling for building carriages for a long time, is it impossible to think they may have cobbled a motor into one to show the investors?

EDIT:  If they did get a buggy running, I would think there would be a mention in the Portland Newspaper. (but what year to search?)

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The Maine Motor Carriage Company at Free and South Streets

 
IN 1901, F.O. Bailey even went into the automobile business, selling cars costing from $600 to $6,000, when Bailey and Allen formed the Maine Motor Carriage Company at the corner of Free and South Streets. While business was brisk, with sales of about $200,000 in just three years, they seemed to have misjudged the market for what was then seen as a passing fad.  In 1906, young Neal W. Allen wrote as follows about the family automobile business:

“In all probability the high water mark of the car business will be reached by about 1908.  The market will soon be oversupplied with machines.  When the present great demand for automobiles is past, the car business will settle down to somewhat the same basis as carriages and sleds.”

 

Before that they made sleds and horse drawn carriages

 

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                   The Bailey Trotting Sleigh                                               The Bailey Carriage Company c 1900

 

IN 1867, the year after the Great Fire, Henry Bailey died.  Both the city and the Bailey Company would make an astonishing recovery, however.  A rebuilding spirit of pride and determination took over as new Victorian business blocks of brick, stone, and cast iron arose Phoenix-like from the ashes.  The Bailey Company was carried on in 1867 by Henry’s son, Frederick Orville Bailey, in new premises on Exchange Street.  That same year, F.O. Bailey took as a partner a young farm boy from Poland, Maine named         Charles W. Allen.

 

A big but now-forgotten enterprise of the F.O. Bailey Company during the nineteenth century was the sleigh and racing sleds business, reputed to be among the best in the nation, and the manufacture of fine horse carriages from the company’s facilities at the corner of Market and Middle Streets.  Anything and everything having to do with horses and the carriage trade was manufactured and sold here.

 

Link - http://www.fobaileyrealestate.com/falmouthmainerealestatestory

 

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The F.O Bailey company in Portland Maine is still around in some form.   I believe they are into real estate now.  The local mom and pop store in my old home town was about a 100 years old when it closed last year.  When I was a kid they had old style glass display casses with brass F.O.Bailey tags.  I believe the company was very old even when the automobile first started out and they tried to get into the car manufacturing business but quickly became dealers for various brands.  Not sure but I think they also opened up a high end garage in the early car days.

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Mike 6024,

 

That's some very impressive research work that you've done.  Thanks for the history lesson.

 

On another subject, that 1901 Indian Head Penny looks pretty good and could be worth as much as $9 - $10; however, as far as I'm concerned, due to its rarity, the "good luck charm" would be worth much more to a collector.

 

Cheers,

Grog

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As Ben P mentioned, Googling Maine Motor Carriage Co does bring up trade magazine ads as both auto dealers and operators of what was clearly an upscale garage/repair service, mid 1900s as I recall...sorry, didn't make notes as I was looking for mention of a prototype...

As mentioned, local papers are fertile sources to search. There is an online newspaper archive site but they require a subscription.

Local public libraries often retain archives of local papers as well as files of local business brochures and other documents. Local City Directories generally list businesses, their adds and general type of business....

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Question - Was this associated with the same company? Was it an auto dealership? Did they actually manufacture a car, or at least make a prototype?

 

Answer - Yes, Yes and no. FO Bailey was the first automobile and motorcycle dealership in Maine...It was Ford and Harley

 

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FO Bailey Real Estate & Antiquarians

@FOBaileyRealEstate

Real Estate Agent in Falmouth, Maine

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