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Beach Buggies: 1910

Beach Buggies: 1910

The Sunshine State circa 1910. "South entrance, Hotel Ormond, Ormond, Fla." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

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Right Hand Steering

was the norm until the Model T changed it all. Henry's reason for left-hand steering was to allow the passengers to safely exit the vehicle on the curb side. It also gave the driver a better line-of-sight of oncoming traffic for purposes of passing and turning left. Given the shear sheer volume of cars Ford produced, the entire industry was compelled to follow along.

What's left

The Cupola lives on in Fortunato Park in Ormond Beach. History of the place is here.

Love these old hotels

Too bad so many have burned down. I figured that was probably the fate of The Ormond until I Googled it. Even after being added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1980 it was still razed to make room for a condo project in 1992.

Gorgeous Hotel!

When did it burn?

He's everywhere, like Elvis, right?

Which one is Don Cox?

Car ID

Stoddard-Dayton on the left, and Elmore.

Right Hand Wheels

Not being a car guy like so many other Shorpy users I am surprised to see all the autos are right-hand drive. I didn't realize that was the prevalent state of affairs in 1910. At first I thought this must be a mirror image post but clearly not the case since the signs are all readable. As so often happens, I learned something new on Shorpy today!

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