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Bring the Kids: 1917

Bring the Kids: 1917

San Francisco circa 1917. "Jordan touring car with children." Did we lose a few back there when we hit that bump? Better do a head count. 6.5x8.5 inch glass negative originally from the Wyland Stanley collection. View full size.


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They can be TIED on, too!

D-bell's reminder that hair bows used to be tied on reminded me getting my granddaughter ready for school, one day. I cut a length of wide ribbon and tied it around her ponytail. She was amazed that they could be TIED, and not clipped, on!

Hefty hair bows

They still are in fashion, in some places!
Here's a photo of one of our daughters, at the time we adopted her from Russia in 1999. All the little girls wore them when they dressed up.
BTW, they were tied in place, not pinned on!

Make and Model

This particular 10-louvered Jordan seems to be either a "Suburban Seven" or "Sport Marine."

UPDATE: Our latest scan reveals it to be the "Seven-Passenger Luxury Car."

Hefty Accessories

Those ginormous hair bows really need to come back into fashion.

Hub Cap Heaven

In case anyone is confused by the name "HOUK" on the hub covers of a Jordan touring car; that is the name of the wire wheels' maker, George W. Houk, who held the American rights to the highly prized Rudge-Whitworth wire wheels, an English development.

Houk almost single-handedly popularized the fashionable wire wheels over the wooden "artillery" wheels that dominated the market before this era.

Some manufacturers, such as the Stanley Steam Carriage, pictured here, offered the Houk wire wheels with their own name on the hub covers, but they were also sold "after market" and as an extra option by dealers.

Drive wherever you want!

With Houk "Quik-Change" wire wheels from Buffalo, NY. you can change a flat toot sweet!

The Film

"Cheaper by the Dozen" with Clifton Webb comes to mind. This seems to have a slight overflow. Isn't Jordan the car that had that wonderful Advert with the line "Somewhere west of Laramie".

Golden Gate Park.

This photo seems to have been taken on an outing to Golden Gate Park. This looks like the Bison enclosure. (We always erroneously called them buffalo.) On the blow up of the photo you can see a bison in the far right middle. The herd or their descendants are still there today.


This has to be about my favorite Shorpy image of all time.... I could look at those faces- misceivous or innocent, forever. Those bows! Those bowl haircuts! I wonder what happened to all of those kids?

19 and Counting

Rev 0.9

School Bus 1.0

They certainly have come a long way since the 1910s!

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