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Electric Sight-Seeing in N.Y.

 Electric Sight-Seeing in N.Y.

I bought this framed photograph at a garage sale. The vehicle appears to be a Lansden Electric. Apparently the photo was taken on a cold day in New York because the passengers are wearing heavy coats and all have rugs over their knees. The Hotel Bartholdi, it seems, was well known in the period, and a search reveals that the Green Car Sight-Seeing Service made photographs available to patrons. This one is 27 inches by 16 inches. I would like to know more about Green Car, the Hotel, and Lansden. View full size.

- Roverdriver in Australia

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Lansden Electric

The Standard Catalog of American Cars lists Lansden Electric in business from 1901-1910. The company was taken over by Maccar (as in Mack trucks) after that. Lansden himself left the company to run the electric truck division of General Motors. The Lansden company made passenger and commercial vehicles but discontinued the passenger vehicles in 1908. They were located in Birmingham, Alabama from 1901-1903. They moved to Newark, New Jersey and continued until 1910.
The guide makes no mention of this particular vehicle however.
The Hotel Bartholdi closed in May 1912.

I have one of these photos as well:

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