1904 White Steamer Stopped to Take on Water from a Horse Trough

Summary

Steam engines powered the earliest cars, and steam vehicles outsold gasoline-powered cars into the 1900s. Steam power was safe, reliable, and familiar to Americans, although the range of steam-powered automobiles was limited by the amount of fuel and water they could carry. This resourceful driver stopped for water at a horse trough, part of the existing transportation infrastructure.

Steam engines powered the earliest cars, and steam vehicles outsold gasoline-powered cars into the 1900s. Steam power was safe, reliable, and familiar to Americans, although the range of steam-powered automobiles was limited by the amount of fuel and water they could carry. This resourceful driver stopped for water at a horse trough, part of the existing transportation infrastructure.

Artifact

Photographic print

Subject Date

circa 1906

 On Exhibit

By Request in the Benson Ford Research Center

Object ID

P.1774.X.122

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford. Gift of the Family of Henry Austin Clark, Jr.

Material

Paper (Fiber product)

Technique

Gelatin silver process

Color

Black-and-white (Colors)

Dimensions

Height: 3.438 in

Width: 5.563 in

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