19 thoughts on “SW Columbia Street, circa 1918

  1. Before texting and driving was invented kids, they had to make do with obscuring their vision with pennants.

  2. @Adam Scheible Steering wheel on the left didn’t become standard in the US until the mid-20s. However, Oldsmobiles appeared to have adopted LHD by 1914 (at least some models) so I don’t think it’s an Olds. Grill doesn’t look quite right either.

  3. My closest take on the car is an Overland, but the cowl and fenders don’t match? With a worn tire and those type of headlamps, its got to be a few years older than 1918? Everyone drove all over the roadways then, so they hadn’t settled on which side to steer yet. A lot of it was which side the outboard braking and shifting took place outside the body of the car, note large handles.

  4. the completely hexagonal radiator opening is what’s throwing me; most cars had a tombstone or square. that license plate is stuck right where the maker’s name is!

  5. We see a family in their Thomas Motor Car. The chauffeur has graciously relinquished his station so the young lad could appear as motorman for this photograph. Pennant on the right could well be a souvenier from the old Portland Athletic Club. Perhaps the family off for an outing on this fine day and a stout picknic basket is well lashed to the running board.

  6. I wonder if that pulley above the laundry was used to lift clothes to the roof for drying on those racks? That’s also a fairly precarious spot for a lady to store her purse.

  7. The Thomas Flyer looks to be one of short 103 inch wheelbase 4 or the small 6 cylinder models. It was the long 140 inch wheelbase car with the big 70 hp that won the New York to Paris race in 1908.

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