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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • THE TOY DEPARTMENT, 1913

Rest Stop: 1905

Rest Stop: 1905

Circa 1905. "Front piazza of Kittatinny House, Delaware Water Gap, Pennsylvania." An up-to-date inn catering to the automobilist with such amenities as cafe and public telephone. 8x10 inch glass negative. View full size.

 

Ain't Fair!

Dad gets to wear that spiffy coat and hat with neat engineer gloves and I have to dress like a reject from Miss Priscilla's Paisley Perambulators.

License plate

Nice shot of what is known as a "pre-state" plate, i.e., one produced before states began issuing plates. These plates would be made by the car owner, often using a kit supplied for the purpose [similar plates existed for horse and buggy use earlier], and the plate number would be registered with the local authorities.

Most northeastern states such as Pennsylvania had state-issued plates by 1910, but the pre-state plates continued to be used through the 1910s [for instance, our first state-issued plates here in Texas didn't come out until 1917]. Many Texas pre-state plates even had the name of the town or city in addition to the registration number.

A little background

From the Pocono Record; click here.

Wouldn't you rather have a Winton?

At least, with the scroll on the body, the odd fender/running board, and handy basket, that's what it looks like to me. Photo is a 1904 model.

Note the neatly matching license plate(?) and numbered running light lenses. Also note what looks like a giant windshield frame but is probably just a support for the canopy. There doesn't seem to be any glass in it.

Who knew?

Never knew we had a piazza - we called it the porch.

Hotel burned in 1930

A scenic overlook (a rest stop!) was built on the location where the hotel once stood, and is located along Route 611.


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Lost to History

The name of the first parent to utter the phrase "Don't make me stop the car!"

 
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