Program for the Fifth Annual Reliability Touring Contest, or Glidden Tour, 1908

Summary

In the early twentieth century, endurance contests demonstrated to a wary public that cars were not just playthings for the wealthy, but practical tools that could perform under challenging conditions. Between 1902 and 1913, the newly-formed American Automobile Association organized an annual "reliability touring contest" called the Glidden Tour. This program is from the fifth Glidden Tour, held in 1908.

In the early twentieth century, endurance contests demonstrated to a wary public that cars were not just playthings for the wealthy, but practical tools that could perform under challenging conditions. Between 1902 and 1913, the newly-formed American Automobile Association organized an annual "reliability touring contest" called the Glidden Tour. This program is from the fifth Glidden Tour, held in 1908.

Artifact

Program (Document)

Date Made

1908

Subject Date

09 July 1908-22 July 1908

Creators

American Automobile Association 

Place of Creation

United States, New York, Buffalo 

Creator Notes

Published by the Touring Board of the American Autombile Association, Buffalo, New York.

 On Exhibit

By Request in the Benson Ford Research Center

Object ID

86.13.47.1

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford.

Material

Paper (Fiber product)

Technique

Printing (Process)

Color

Black-and-white (Colors)

Dimensions

Height: 9.5 in

Width: 4.875 in

Depth: .375 in

Inscriptions

At bottom of front cover: OFFICIAL BOOK / OF THE / Fifth Annual Reliability Touring Contest / OF THE / American Automobile / Association / Including the Contest for the Charles J. Glidden Trophy for / Touring Cars, and the Frank B. Hower Trophy for Runabouts / BUFFALO / BOSTON / SARATOGA / July 9-22, 1908 At top half of cover: The / GREAT / ARROW / THE GEORGE N. PIERCE COMPANY / BUFFALO, N.Y.

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