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Taking the Wheel: Manufacturers' Catalogs from the First Decade of American Automobiles

Several hundred photomechanical reproductions from the pages of motor vehicle (automobiles and some trucks) manufacturers' catalogs from 1909, in the first decade of the automobile industry. Primarily monochrome, interspersed with surprisingly lavish color plates, the images include parts diagrams, engine works, and model inventory.

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[People riding their Franklin automobile in the woods on all sorts of roads]. Digital ID: 1159951 [People riding their Franklin automobile in the woods on all sorts of roads]. Digital ID: 1159951

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