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Alternate Root: 1920

Alternate Root: 1920

1920. "Pacific Highway through a Washington red cedar stump, 20 feet in diameter (man and automobile in tunnel of giant tree stump)." Photo by Darius Kinsey, Seattle. View full size.

 

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Late Teens Franklin

Somewhere between 1916 and 1919. The slope nose began to morph onto an ersatz radiator shell around 1921.

Air cooled

At first I thought that car was a Renault, not common in North America, but not unheard of, either. I couldn't find any pictures of Renaults of that era having that mesh grille, though. My second guess turned out to be correct. It's an air-cooled Franklin. This was right about the time that Franklin began responding to pressure from its dealers to add a radiator shell, even though there was no radiator. This may be among the last of the sloped-hood cars.

I'm stumped

Looks a bit like someone is getting a ticket for driving into a tree! Or maybe the driver wanted a receipt for the admission fee?

Rerooted

Click here for history behind that drive through stump.

This stump still exists

It sits at an I-5 rest area in northwest Washington south of Bellingham on the northbound side.

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