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Pale Rider: 1925

Pale Rider: 1925

May 19, 1925. "Rogers Curtis Johnson." Headed out for a little spin. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

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Farking Garage

Running Board Horn

The item on the front of the running board is a klaxon-type horn. Horns like this were used on motorcycles and bicycles. It is possible that this is electrically operated; however, most small ones were push-lever operated, but I do not see the lever.

That thing

on the running board is a horn.

Ooo Gah!

I think the "telephone microphone" device on the running board is the horn. Perhaps the car had a battery for the horn, lights and, maybe, a GPS!

Talk about a jazzy little roadster!

Ebay listed has one similar to this car, but without the comfy driver's seat and missing its door. Priced to sell at $5,999.

Before Red Eye

there was "dead eye." Creepy. Jaunty cap, though.

Spooky eyes

I'm sorry, but the kid scares me. His eyes make him look like Chuckie.

Growth Trend

I guess it's true: people really were shorter back then.


What is that on the running board? It looks like a telephone microphone. From the looks of it, this was a deluxe toy.

The Boy With Everything

I've seen kids with their own little cars before, but this one even has his own little garage! The Gang would definitely have been envious!

Pail Rider

So you're saying this baby had bucket seats?

Imagine the value

I bet if you saw that toy car in an antique shop it would surely bring a pretty penny. Just don't restore it, they will say!

Strange Compulsion

Must follow kiddie car. Must follow kiddie car.


This is one of the few times I've been jealous of a child's toy. I would love to give that to my kids!

This is the rich kid

The one Spanky and the gang would have hated.

Love The Hat!

What a great picture, another home run for Shorpy.

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