The automotive industry in the United States began in the 1890s and, as a result of the size of the domestic market and the use of mass-production, rapidly evolved into the largest in the world. The motor vehicle industry began with hundreds of manufacturers, but by the end of the 1920s it was dominated by three large companies: General Motors, Ford, and Chrysler, all based in Metro Detroit. Below is a collection of 16 vintage photographs of automobiles from between the 1900s and 1920s.
1925 Hudson Super 6 Town Coach. This photo was taken on Earl Street in Stratford Ontario, Canada c.1926. It shows the optional solid military wheels and the added accessory trunk.
1914 Overland Model 81 Touring.
1920 Chevrolet D5 V8 ” Baby Grand ” Touring. Photograph was taken in 1922 at Achigan Farm at mile 42 on the ACR railway between Sault-Ste-Marie and Hearst Ontario Canada.
1908 Reo Touring. This photo shows Dr. Baker and his wife test driving his possible purchase of a new 1908 Reo Touring on loan from the local dealer Kalbfleisch Bros. Photographed outside Stratford Ontario Canada the vehicle has a Ontario issued black rubber license plate with white lettering.
1912 Metz Model 22 Roadster Runabout drivers side view. Photographed in Brantford Ontario Canada in 1915.
1912 Metz Model 22 Roadster right side view. Photo was taken in Brantford Ontario Canada in 1915.
1920 Homemade Early Hot Rod. This photo was taken in Brantford Ontario Canada. Showing a headlight and small horn it obviously had a power source. Wire wheels, fenders and a windscreen as well as the turtle deck make it a true fore-runner for the Hot Rod not really a known name in the early 1920s.
1917 Saxon. This photo was taken in Brantford Ontario Canada.
1920 Overland. Photo taken in Brantford Ontario Canada.
Ford Picnic Grand Bend Ontario Model T. This photo was taken circa 1920 in Grand Bend Ontario on the shore of Lake Huron. It was the first Annual Ford Picnic for Ford of Canada employees.
This photo was taken in 1923 in Brantford Ontario, Canada.
1919 Dodge Brothers Touring. Photographed in St. Marys Ontario Canada in front of the old Maxwell Plant.
Early 1920s Ford Model T delivery truck. Canada built This Ford Model T delivery truck was owned by Dan Cappa Fruit Dealer in St. Marys Ontario Canada. Photographed in front of the original Fire Hall in the 1920s.
Forward Control Power Wagon Transit Motor Bus, ca. 1910. This was Stratford Ontario’s first public transportation vehicle. Operated by John Stevenson it is photographed in front of his home at 330 Ontario Street. Known as “The Rapid Transfer Company Limited”.
1916 Ford Model T Touring Canadian Built Photographed at Lions Head Ontario, Bruce County in 1916.
Ontario Police directing highway traffic in 1928, Chrysler 52 Buick McLaughlin Ford Model A.