Saturday, May 24, 2014

Roper's Snapshot Saturday No.1 | 12 Comments - Click Here :

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  1. Roper continues to show his outstanding judgment and knowledge of the era. Who said old, elegant dogs can't learn new tricks. Roper knows how to have a grand time in Morrison.

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    1. Hey now Tom, don't give Roper a complex. He is only two. Lol!

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  2. What a great shot! -Bill

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  3. Must be spring! Look at the car all chained up for the mud - or snow! 1912?

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    1. The white tires are looking a little muddy.

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  4. You know... there is so much to talk about in this photo. I'm sorta surprised more hasn't been said. For instance; what colors is the depot? And what about the box car? Any ideas when this photo was taken? There are even things to say about the plaform....

    Derrell

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    1. Identifying the vehicle would be a start for putting a date to it. Looks to me that the depot is the grey and green. There are leaves on the trees and it is obviously still raining since men are standing under the eaves. The ticket window can be seen through the door and a window is open for ventilation.
      My guess would be spring mid teens.

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  5. Agreed. The boxcar is a Peninsular built, 1884, 30 footer and it still has 4 rungs on the side meaning it has to be before 1919. Well, the fact that it is still in operation means it is before 1919. But judging by the woman's hat I'd put this more in the early Teens. She strikes me as very "first decade". The car is not a Stutz from what I can tell but it is of the same style and the first Stutz came out in 1912. Of course, I could be wrong about the car. Maybe someone knows better?

    Derrell

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  6. Robert McFarlandJune 3, 2014 at 11:26 AM

    DPL Z-2835 identifies the car as a Brush Runabout and guesses at the date as being between 1903 and 1915.According to WESTERN YESTERDAYS C&S engineer John Zingheim bought a Brush in Denver and had the railroad haul it to Como for him.The first car in Como?

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  7. Well it can't be 1903 because the Block Lettering on the boxcar started showing up in June 1906. and we know it can't even be that early because the first Brush Autos were delivered in mid 1907 (according to this link - http://www.brushauto.net/index.php?p=1_4_About-Brush-Vehicles). In comparing photos this one seems more like the 1909 model. That is just a guess.

    Derrell

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  8. Robert McFarlandJune 9, 2014 at 8:21 PM

    Following up on the link on Brush automobiles I found an item about the Abernathy brothers-Louis and Temple.Their dad taught them from a very early age to do things on their own.In 1909 they rode horseback from Frederick(or was it Guthrie?)OK to Santa Fe NM,alone,when Louis was 9 and Temple was 5.In 1910,they rode horseback from Oklahoma to NYC and then drove a Brush automobile back-by themselves.In 1911 they rode from NYC to SanFrancisco in 62 days-by themselves.In 1913 they bought an Indian motorcycle,took their step brother Anton along,and rode it to NYC.Their dad had been a cowboy,caught wolves with his bare hands,and was appointed as a U.S.Marshall by his friend,Teddy Roosevelt.

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