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Billy Mitchell: 1923

Billy Mitchell: 1923

September 25, 1923. Brigadier General William Mitchell in Washington, D.C. An important figure in the development of military aviation, "Billy" Mitchell is regarded as the father of the U.S. Air Force. His criticism of Army and Navy leaders after the crash of the airship Shenandoah in 1925 led to a court-martial and subsequent resignation. When it came to clothes, cars and horses, he was a connoisseur of the good life. View full size. National Photo Co. Collection.

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Stutz Bearcat

BG Mitchell's looks like a pre-1921 Stutz Model K also known as the "Bearcat." Since it has right hand drive it is from 1921 or before. It has a 4 cylinder engine producing 90 horsepower. Cost in 1920 was $3,900.

A similar model from 1923 is shown in the photo below. Other than left hand drive and the spot lights, notice how little has changed.

Billy Mitchell

I don't think the negative has been flipped. Look at the buttons on the suit and the handkerchief in the left breast pocket. Were suits buttoned in 1923 as they are today? Did you wear your handkerchief in the left breast pocket then?

Right hand drive??

The car looks like it has a right hand drive or has the negative been flipped? What is stored on the running board blocking the driver's door?

[Lots of cars had right-hand drive back then. - Dave]

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