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Yes, it is the season of colds and flu. We have all suffered from one at some time or another but none of us remember the awful flu epidemic of 1918-1920.
Our picture shows nurses from Blackfriars Depot, Chippendale NSW on board a C 1914 Underslung Regal Model 25 and we wonder how much ribbing he got when the driver crumpled the offside wing? Perhaps a reader can help us identify the motorcycle outfit?
Here's another picture of the Underslung, complete with damaged wing, this time transporting nurses from the Riley St. Depot in Surry Hills.
The flu epidemic understandably caused panic and masks were worn to stop its spread - schools, theatres and Sydney University were closed for a time.
To maintain morale, wartime censors minimized early reports of illness and mortality in Germany, Britain, France, and the United States; but papers were free to report the epidemic's effects in neutral Spain (such as the grave illness of King Alfonso XIII ) creating a false impression of Spain as especially hard hit — thus the pandemic's nickname 'Spanish Flu'.
Tens of millions of people worlwide perished and Governments did their best to educate their population how to avoid spreading germs. This 1946 video shows how the simple message was put across. The Australian Government issued volunteer workers with a certificate by way of thanks for joining the staff of the Australian Red Cross to help stamp out the 'Pandemic of Pneumonic Influenza'.
If you are wondering what to buy your loved one for Christmas, get them a handkerchief!
Text Robin Batchelor, pictures from archive.
This week's quiz is an American producer of steam and petrol powered automobiles. In fact you're looking at one of the prototypes of a four cylinder 20HP car, of which only three were built and outside the three never made it into production.
The man who has built these cars wanted something new and different with the latest modern improvements. He was so content with the result that he decided to build two more for his family. His own car is the only one to survive and can be admired in one of America's most important museums.
Well, by now you probably know exactly what car it is. So just let us know in a comment the make, the year and the model, together with other relevant information and you have a fair chance to win this week's PreWarCar T-shirt. But first check The Rules under 'Read More'
Results will be published next week Saturday, plus more photos of the car at today's location.
It nearly looks like Michael Schlenger week! Here another fine pic from his rich resources:
"Today I'd like to hear your opinion regarding the large phaeton with two charming ladies on the picture.
I assume this car was built around 1910 and its body style reflects earlier models which still had the radiator behind the engine (like Charron, Clement-Bayard etc.). But if one takes a closer look, one can see a filler cap on the front end which means the filler cap on the bulkhead must connect with the fuel reservoir, not the radiator.
The German manufacturer Brennabor (conam.nl) built a similar-looking car from 1910 onwards. It was a rather conventional but well-made model (10/24 hp, later 10/28 hp). Yet, while the overall appearance is similar, some details just don't fit.
The inner part of the front wings of the car on the picture goes down vertically and not in a curved line like with the Brennabor. Also, the engine hood is aligned horizontally, not slightly sloping. Finally, the wire wheels as well make me believe it's a car from a different manufacturer.
Could this be a French car, instead? The two elegant looking ladies would support this assumption, in my opinion.
Any ideas or even the solution of this mystery?
Words and picture: Michael Schlenger
Another lovely picture sent in by Michael Schlenger: "I recently acquired this rather unusual picture of a large phaeton from the late 1920s that appears to have broken down (see the towing rope in front of the car) and is about to be repaired (or maybe is going to be dismantled for parts...).
The number plate indicates that the vehicle once was registered somewhere in Berlin ("IA"). But it's definitively not a car from a German manufacturer.
From the overall appearance I assume it's an American car, probably with a straight six engine. Since my knowledge of US cars is rather limited, I hope that someone out there can identify the marque and the model."
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