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Your Next Car: 1921

Your Next Car: 1921

San Francisco circa 1921. "Gardner car at Spreckels Mansion." Photographed by and with Christopher Helin himself. 5x7 glass negative. View full size.

 

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Spreckels Sugar

Lots of money in the family. Here, In San Diego, we have the Spreckels outdoor pipe organ (the largest in the world) in Balboa Park. They give free concerts on Sundays. It's a real beauty!

MotoMetered

As a radiator cap on our fine Gardner we see a popular accessory of the day, a "MotoMeter" temperature gauge, which employed a dip-type thermometer into the coolant. Alas, these meters were rather difficult to read whilst driving as they were too far away and the car's bumpy ride made focusing on it quite difficult. MotoMeters were made for most makes of cars of the day and were popular even up until the 1950's, where they were still used in the MG T-Series cars.

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