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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • EAT MORE FISH, 1917

Magnolia Depot: 1906

Magnolia Depot: 1906

Circa 1906. "Railroad station, Magnolia, Massachusetts." Multi-modal transportation. 8x10 glass negative, Detroit Publishing Co. View full size.

 

Packard model

Earlier I wrote that this was a 1905 Model 24(S) Packard. I was incorrect. On further examination it is a 1904 Model N Packard. While the bodies are somewhat similar the suspension on the N has one transverse spring and the S has a semi-elliptical spring on both front wheels. Production of the N started in October 1904 and price FOB Detroit was $3,500.

First Class Seats

First Class Seats on the train for the man that owns a new $2500 car. This photo is Shorpy's best so far.

Hammond Castle

Magnolia was the home of John Hays Hammond, Jr. You can see the "Hammond Castle" as it is now a museum. Hammond was a radio pioneer and the castle was not only his home, but his laboratory as well.

Packard Model 30

The driver is off to meet the train, but has removed his/her fashionable driving attire (long duster, cap and goggles) and thrown them rakishly over the front seat.

 
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