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Beau Geste: 1926

Beau Geste: 1926

San Francisco circa 1926. "Alice Joyce in Beau Geste Locomobile." Evidently promoting the film. 8x0 Eastman Kodak negative. View full size.

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This beauty

Would make a GMC Suburban look like a compact crossover. Without the young lady to provide scale, you'd be hard pressed to guess just how large it is; well-proportioned design.

Look at the size of that automobile!

Jeez, it has its own solar system!


Somehow the lovely Alice seems out of place in that bruiser of an automobile. Unless cost is the criteria, as the Locomobile was a very high-priced vehicle.

Gravitas Per Se

The Locomobile was indeed a fine automobile, well designed and finished to the most stringent of standards using only the best materials. No novelties, nothing flimsy, nary a shortcut, everything comme il faut. The name suggests "locomotive," and in this view, the subject car almost rivals one in bulk and substance.

An early scholar of Einstein's special theory of relativity might well have remarked that Locomobiles were so massive as to generate their own private gravity field.

Alas, yet another marque that withered and died not long after being acquired by Will Durant!

Running Boards

You could land a small plane on those things.


A classicist friend complained that "automobile" was an abomination, owing to its mixing Latin and Greek.

It ought it be, he said, either "ipsemobile" or "autokinetikon."

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