Roper Steam Carriage at a Public Exhibition, circa 1863

Summary

Early horseless vehicles tended to be viewed as curiosities rather than serious transportation alternatives. This c. 1863 colored engraving shows a couple in one of those steam-powered vehicles. Early automotive innovators displayed their novel inventions at circuses and local fairs. The vehicles were even raced against horses.

Early horseless vehicles tended to be viewed as curiosities rather than serious transportation alternatives. This c. 1863 colored engraving shows a couple in one of those steam-powered vehicles. Early automotive innovators displayed their novel inventions at circuses and local fairs. The vehicles were even raced against horses.

Artifact

Print (Visual work)

Date Made

circa 1880

Subject Date

circa 1863

Creators

Clarry & Reilley 

Place of Creation

United States, New York, New York 

Creator Notes

Engraved by Clarry & Reilly, New York City.

Collection Title

Print Collection 

Location

Not on exhibit to the public.

Object ID

00.4.4540

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford.

Material

Glass (Material)
Paper (Fiber product)
Wood (Plant Material)

Technique

Engraving (Printing process)

Color

Multicolored

Dimensions

Height: 36 in

Width: 57.375 in

Depth: .75 in

Height: 31 in  (Opening Height)

Width: 52 in  (Opening Width)

Inscriptions

At lower right corner of image: Clarry & Reilley ENG

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