A common problem in those days; a flat tyre.

Hugh Ellis sent in this photo, which he recently purchased in France. On the back, the date is written: 1913 but there are no details about the car or the people.

Editor: Great photo Hugh, thank you for sharing. What makes the idea of the photo even more fun, is to see it in addition to the earlier article of Ariejan Bos about Nail Catchers. In those days, flat tyres were a common problem. As we can see at the photo above, they clearly didn't have nail catchers in place.

Published: Monday September 4th, 2017


  • I imagine that changing a tyre with the wheel still on the axle would be horrible job- although beaded edge tyres and removable rims would have helped a little.
    No wonder a Stepney Wheel was often used.

    Cheers, Tony.

  • The car is a 1911/1912 Berliet torpedo phaeton (or torpedo tourer if you like). Recognizable by the wheel hubs, the emblem and a few other details. We don't kmow of course if all people were sitting in this car, or that another car was standing in front ...

  • Someone else will identify the car, but a some of details interest me: the full length tool box/running board, multi-directional headlights and the crowd on the road suggesting that there's not much traffic about. Seven people (counting the photographer), so it's a good-sized car. On our rallies here in Australia a flat tyre generally pulls a similar crowd as other rallyistes stop to help.


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