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There is something about the snug click of the door latch and the clean, windless interior of a closed car that makes you feel at home and comfortable in there. The deep-cushioned seats, the curtains, the glass, the conversation in low tones -- all these things make getting somewhere as pleasant as being there. Getting home is never a problem, and the weather is but an incident. In the Standard Eight Coupe, Sedan or Sedanette, the powerful motor carries the extra burden of a closed body with an effortless ease ...-- "People Don't Regret Buying Closed Cars" (Ad from 1921)
San Francisco circa 1920. "Standard Eight sedan at Golden Gate Park." The Standard ("Monarch of the Mountains"), manufactured in Butler, Pennsylvania, from 1912 to 1923, was a product of the Standard Steel Car Company, maker of railroad rolling stock. 5x7 glass negative by Christopher Helin. View full size.