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Before the cars, horses were all over the place. So the competition race and horses were less attractive. Luckily there were still people with horses and they want to show their price. Enclosed is a picture, taken in 1924 of the rider Sylvia Spooner (19 at that moment). She was described as "fearless" and well known for jumping obstacles. Her father ran "Spooners Harriers" at Yelverton, Devon, which today survived as Spooners and West Dartmoor Hunt. More interestingly she was one of many mistresses of the Prince of Wales, later Edward V111. She remained unmarried saying "once you've had the best . . . " and told her friends "stay single, you'll have more fun." Obviously a great character. At 20 she became Lady MFH and then moved to Taunton near me with the Taunton Vale hunt.
In this phote she was definitely fearless, using her 1 horsepower to literally overtake the many hp-car.
But what car is it? Please let us know in a comment.
(Picture and information: David Patten)
By James Clark:
French, conventional design, early twenties and only three lines in my old, first edition Georgano, maybe one or two more in the newest one. Few of you will ever have seen a photo of this make, let alone the real product. I have no evidence that one is still in existence, though a radiator with slightly different shape is! The manufacturer started shortly after WW I in a small suburb just outside Paris and until the mid twenties they made use of SCAP engines. And if despite these leads you're still wandering in the dark, the enlarged logo may guide you in the right direction ...
We recently found this simple 1910 snapshot showing an elderly lady with a shiny runabout (where have we seen that radiator before? ) somewhere along the Californian coast. Only after scanning the photo a whole story appeared. It always pays off to carefully read any text visible in a photo.
Starting with the 'neon' sign (it's not, but Seal Rock are deepened letters with lightbulbs inside). The 'Seal Rock (Hotel)' building is also housing the Jack Johnson Training Quarters (Seats Reserved for Ladies). It didn't take too much trouble to find another view of the the same location along Ocean Boulevard (probably our photo is a few years earlier with the top floor windows still in use). The simple building on the left is 'To Let', it was in use as "Horse Taken Care of, Drive In" . Yet in 191o already horses probably were less in vogue due to the fast upcoming of the automobile. More than that one year after this photo Jack Johnson was sent to jail to serve some time , as he repeatedly was arrested for speeding (stories of Sheriff Michael Hennessy).
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