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Electric Tour Bus. Make? 1900-1910's


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I have this vintage photo of an electric tour bus. Does anyone recognize the make? See Washington D.C. Phone- Main 1075. Main Office and Starting Point- Howard House 6th & Penn Ave. N.W. I have had this photo for over 40 years.

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Here is link to a photo of the Howard House. There is another early gas powered bus in front of it.

 https://www.loc.gov/resource/npcc.30001/?fbclid=IwAR3EofCphgt_9EE6XVPGXcsncSnoNl7ky-U2ed6J2_igQFnSIEanLzCfid4

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Thanks for the links folks. With some reading I found that these were made by the Commercial Truck Company of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. They were in business from 1907 until 1928. Patents were owned by the Imperial Electric Motor Company, a German Concern. The American Rights were controlled by Electro-Coach Corporation of New York. Seems it kept the Lawyers busy. Mystery solved. Dandy Dave!

 

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21 hours ago, sagefinds said:

What would top speed be, around 8 mph?

Sounds about right. Not sure you would want to go much faster in the city with a lot of horse traffic. Some of the electric cars in 1907 Claimed the break neck speed of 14 MPH. 

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On 2/28/2022 at 11:48 AM, 1912Staver said:

CT for sure , but even General Motors built electric commercial vehicles for a time. I suspect there were quite a number of makers , but not well documented today.

This would make a good study for a book on Electric Trucks, A to Z, built before 1930. Not sure there is anything on the subject of the manufactures and models themselves.

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These 'rubberneck' buses were probably made by the Electric Vehicle Company in Hartford, Connecticut. They are Columbia sight-seeing buses Mark LIII (or 53). Similar but slightly different buses were built by the General Vehicle Company of Long Island (with 6 benches). The buses built by the Commercial Truck Company were very different having their benches in a flat plane, not ascending.

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3 hours ago, Ariejan NL said:

These 'rubberneck' buses were probably made by the Electric Vehicle Company in Hartford, Connecticut. They are Columbia sight-seeing buses Mark LIII (or 53). Similar but slightly different buses were built by the General Vehicle Company of Long Island (with 6 benches). The buses built by the Commercial Truck Company were very different having their benches in a flat plane, not ascending.

Thanks for the information. Dandy Dave!

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