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Out for a Spin: 1904

Out for a Spin: 1904

Circa 1904. "Patchogue Avenue, Manhanset Manor, Shelter Island, N.Y." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Photographic Company. View full size.


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The car

I found a photo of another example of the car, in a similar position, for comparison.

RE: 8 Gardiner Way | Maybe they're lost?

If memory serves, there was a Manhasset Hotel on Shelter Island (on the north shore of Shelter Island, near the modern day Gardiner Way) that burned down in the early 1900s --named for the Manahasit Native American tribe local to the area; the town of Manhasset that is quite a bit west of Shelter Island on the north shore of Long Island was also named after them.

I believe there were even some old photos of the hotel posted here a while back.

[You are perhaps thinking of Manhanset (not "Manhasset") House, on Dering Harbor. - Dave]

Yup; Long Island I'm good at; spelling, not so much. Lots of locales on Long Island named with variations of the local Native American tribes of the area.

The house pictured can also be found at this address: 8 Gardiner Way, Dering Harbor, New York.

[Further research reveals that the village at the time was called Manhanset Manor (location of the Manhanset House and Cottages resort); in 1915 the name was changed to Dering Harbor. The Library of Congress errs in correcting the place name "Manhanset" to "Manhasset" in these Shelter Island captions; Manhasset is much farther west on Long Island, in Nassau County. The item below is from the Oct. 30, 1915, issue of Brooklyn Life. - Dave]

Not an electric

There's a radiator under the front valence (which is hiding a folded-up seat).

Where should I park, dear?

"Park the car anywhere you like, honey!"

8 Gardiner Way

This was somewhat difficult to find, as "Patchogue Avenue" has since been renamed and there is no town today called "Manhasset" on Shelter Island. Thank you to the Rumsey Historical Map Collection!

Tough Life?

Oh, the poverty in this neighborhood!


There once was a man from Nantucket
Who kept all his cash in a bucket.
His daughter, named Nan,
Ran away with a man
And as for the bucket, Nantucket

Pa followed the pair to Pawtucket,
The man and the girl with the bucket;
He said to the man,
"You're welcome to Nan",
But as for the bucket, Pawtucket.

The pair followed Pa to Manhasset,
Where he still held the cash as an asset,
But Nan and the man
Stole the money and ran,
And as for the bucket, Manhasset.

(Yes, there is another Man from Nantucket limerick, but we won't go there)

Maybe they're lost?

I'm having some trouble making sense of the address given in the description here. In the present day, at least, Manhasset and Patchogue Avenue are in two very different parts of Long Island. And Shelter Island sits even farther away, out between the forks at the far eastern end of Long Island.

The car

That looks like a Studebaker Electric.

One of 149?

The vehicle in view appears to be a 1903 Pierce Stanhope, of which 149 were made.


1902 Flint Roadster, maybe?

A Country Song Comes to Mind

"Jesus take the Tiller!"

If you don't like my driving

keep off the grass.

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