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I had this image mis-filed with some late teens Cadillacs. Unique coachwork, what looks like cane work and vents coming through the cowl make this look expensive. I seem to remember seeing this image before, but just can't place it. Any and all help always appreciated!!!

 

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8 hours ago, Ray Garcia said:

I had this image mis-filed with some late teens Cadillacs. Unique coachwork, what looks like cane work and vents coming through the cowl make this look expensive. I seem to remember seeing this image before, but just can't place it. Any and all help always appreciated!!!

 

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The photograph is of Belle Case La Follette, Suffragette pioneer and wife of Wisconsin Governor Robert La Follette, who was running as a Progressive independent candidate in the 1924 general election (he got over 5 million votes, but came in 3rd.). The location is in Mount Lake Park, Maryland. 

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2 hours ago, GregLaR said:

An unusual car indeed.

The flat paint looks almost industrial or military even.

What is the purpose of holes above the steps?

What are the two stanchions in front of the grill?

 

The holes are most likely access points for grease fittings. The two stanchions are Westinghouse { probably , there were a couple of other makes on the market but Westinghouse was the most popular}  air shocks, a somewhat common  option on high quality cars in this era.

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Here's a poor quality photograph of a 1923 Harris automobile, made in Wisconsin. Surely a savvy politician would own a car built in his home state! Alas, while it has some similarities, it is sadly missing those cowl-mounted bilge vents...

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15 hours ago, GregLaR said:

An unusual car indeed.

The flat paint looks almost industrial or military even.

What is the purpose of holes above the steps?

What are the two stanchions in front of the grill?

 

 

The hole above the rear step is a grease fitting access for the front spring shackle, the one above the front step is a grease fitting for the cross shaft for the brakes. The two stanchions are a throw back to the speed boat and skiff styling craze from 1917 to 1922 they are common on custom body open cars. Great photo.

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3 hours ago, HarryLime said:

Aren't the stantions in front Westinghouse Air Shockabsorbers ?

 

 

Harry......in front of the windshield on the cowl........the shocks in front are Westinghouse units.

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Just saw the Arbuckle McFarlan in the recent journal and a few old pics, the wheels on the unknown car look quite a bit like those. Trying to find my actual photos of a Dagmar that attended a few Spring meets in Maryland and the DelMarVa region.

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On 1/24/2021 at 5:16 PM, dustycrusty said:

The photograph is of Belle Case La Follette, Suffragette pioneer and wife of Wisconsin Governor Robert La Follette, who was running as a Progressive independent candidate in the 1924 general election (he got over 5 million votes, but came in 3rd.). The location is in Mount Lake Park, Maryland. 

 

Thanks for the historical context. It's hard to read early 20th century American history and not encounter the name Robert La Follette.

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 It may be a Cadillac after all- The coachwork is similar to what Don Lee was churning out in California at that time and they used a lot of Cadillac chassis'. They also bought out another shop, Earl Automobile Works in L.A. run by a certain Jacob William Earl( originally from Cadillac, MI.) and his young, apprentice coachbuilder son, Harley...

 

 

 http://www.coachbuilt.com/bui/l/lee_don/lee_don.htm

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