Pioneer Inventor's Photographic Record of an Early Horseless Carriage.

Item #93-2310

Framed ensemble of 5 photos (9 x 47" overall, photos 6 x 8" each) showing George Eli Whitney's automobile "The Whitney". 2 photos dated 1896 in negative, water stain to lower left corner, last photo matted on different material from rest, some emulsion loss, soiling, etc. Written at bottom: "This was my first experimental horseless carriage. Parts of which were over 20 years old when this was finished. Geo Eli Whitney." Probably presented to a Charles Gibson of Jersey City, NJ: "Taken at shop of HM Howes, Providnec, RI where the top was put aon -- later Gibson ran it alone to his home at Jersey City, NJ Sept-1896". Last photo's caption: "First long wheel 'Runabout' Locomobile. 1902 built 500 that year." Whitney was later the chief engineer at the Stanley (Steamer) Bros. Locomobile company. He had about 150 patents to his name, and even designed a special steam engine to propel some 300 anti-submarine ships in WWI.

Price: $1,995.00

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