Pittsburgh Highways during the 1900s


This week, we added 50 new images to the http://bradystewartphoto.photoshelter.com/gallery-list.  Gallery: Living In Western Pennsylvania 1900-1910.

Pittsburgh to Greensburg Turnpike

The 15 images of Brady Stewart traveling in and around the Greensburg Turnpike are special in many ways.  Brady Stewart had just come through the worst year in his life due to the death of his best friend and younger brother Clark Stewart.  So in 1906, he purchased a new Buick Model F for around $1,300 and began to travel and take photographs all over western Pennsylvania and went to neighboring states to visit friends and relatives.  The specifications for the Buick Model F included; seats 4-5 passengers, 2 cylinder engine, 2-speed manual gearbox, rear wheel drive,  16 gallon fuel tank and roughly 20-25 miles per gallon.  The photo below in Oakland before starting off of one of his trips.

Brady Stewart's new Buick Model F

Brady Stewart’s new Buick Model F

Motoring Clothes for Automobiles

In 1906, there were approximately 79,000 automobiles on the roadways throughout the United States.  Clothing manufacturers saw an opportunity to take advantage of the new craze by developing lines of “Motoring” clothes for men and women.  As you can see from the images, the early cars did not offer much protection from the elements.  For men, there were coats, hats and gloves for driving and for changing a tire.  And let’s not forgot those great goggles that you have seen in the movies. For women, there were stylish motoring coats along with specially designed face veils that covered hats and protected them from the elements.  You can see examples in the photographs included in the blog and on the website  http://bradystewartphoto.photoshelter.com/gallery-list.  Gallery: Living In Western Pennsylvania 1900-1910.

 

Going on a Picnic in the new Buick Model F

Going on a Picnic in the new Buick Model F

Owning and Driving an Automobile in 1906

We have all experienced challenges with our automobiles but I am not sure we can imagine what it was like in 1906.  To start with, there were no paved roads, highways, gas stations, and yes, no AAA outside the major cities.   AAA started in 1901 but did not become nationwide until the 1920’s.  Maps were first published by AAA in 1905 but they were very limited in size and scope.  They started paving roads around 1915, building highways in the 1920’s, and Gulf Oil opened the first “filling station” and sold maps in Pittsburgh in 1913.  In 1906, you purchased gas from a local general store, blacksmith or pharmacy.  Repairing your car could be an adventure depending on the problem;  frame damage needed a qualified blacksmith, engine issues required the dealership and minor issues such as flat tires… you.

Brady Stewart's Car stuck in the mud after a heavy rain

Didn’t listen to Joe Denardo, stuck in the mud

Automobile problems on the Greensburg Turnpike

Automobile problems on the Greensburg Turnpike

And when these problems occurred out in the country… good old horses saved the day!

AAA of Westmoreland County in 1906

AAA of Westmoreland County in 1906

Other Images Added to Living in Western Pennsylvania 1900-1910:

1.)  27 additional images to the 1904 family vacation to Lake Erie, near North East Pennsylvania

2.) 1 additional image to the Wabash Railroad progress photographs

3) 1 image of the 1904 Pittsburgh flood

4) 3 additional images of Highland Park during the winter of 1903

A reminder that the new images can be found at  http://bradystewartphoto.photoshelter.com/gallery-list.  Gallery: Living In Western Pennsylvania 1900-1910.  And that the images online are for sale and all proceeds are used to digitize and identify more prints and negatives.

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