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Early Car
Early Car
TitleEarly Car
DescriptionPostcard of early Stevens-Duryea automobile
Historical ArticleThe Stevens-Duryea automobile pictured was manufactured by the Duryea Motor Wagon Company of Springfield, Mass. A 2-cylinder air-cooled engine was mounted on the rear drive shaft.

A 1912 automobile directory of Kansas City and Jackson County, published by J. V. & W. C. O'Donnell at 500 Olive street, gives a complete listing of all automobile, electric car and truck owners of the day. The first 588 license numbers were issued to electric cars. From 588 to 23,373 were numbers give to gas car owners.

The automobile dealers also were listed. The address of Stevens-Duryea in Kansas City was at 1422 Harrison.

Automobile owners were not listed alphabetically, but by license number. A few of the Stevens-Duryea car owners were: Theodor Gary, 617 Commerce Building; H. F. Hall, 512 Garfield; L. O. McIntyre, 710 Armour Boulevard; J. W. Jenkins, 1013 Walnut; J. W. Soden, 3252 Broadway; Peter Soden, 3252 Broadway; J. C. Nichols, 1214 Commerce Building; J. L. Causey, 3009 Montgall; W. H. Sawvel, 115 Clinton Place; C. H. Lewis, 3002 E. 32nd; Mrs. R. F. Curtin, 3143 Broadway; C. E. Duncan, 3933 Terrace; C. C. Peters, 3150 Wyandotte; Jas. G. White, 7400 Main; C. E. Lovejoy, 17th & Campbell; W. M. Sloan, 716 Highland; Interstate Ice Company, 25th and Summit; H. James, care of T. M. James & Son, and Board of Public Works, City Hall.

Today's familiar automobile names such as Ford, Buick, Hudson, Packard, Cadillac, Pierce Arrow and others are found in the old pamphlet, but at least a hundred of the old automobiles popular in 1912 are no longer manufactured. Among them were Stanley Steamer, Moon, Huppmobile, Petrel, Brush, Firestone, Selden, Stutz, Metz, Kansas City Wonder, Kisselkar, Reliance, Knox, Stafford, Rambler Stearns, Reo, Great Smith, Columbus, Woods, Everett, Maxwell, Velie, Premier, Rambler, Winton, Apperson, Locomobile, Dayton, Welch and Decatur.

The post card was published by a museum in Florida.

Kansas City Star
October 16, 1976

AuthorRay, Mrs. Sam (Mildred)
Item TypePostcard
CollectionMrs. Sam Ray Postcard Collection (SC58)
See finding aid: http://localhistory.kclibrary.org/u?/Local,36981
Local SubjectTransportation
Digital FormatJPEG
RepositoryMissouri Valley Special Collections, Kansas City Public Library, Kansas City, Missouri
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