Tuesday, July 29, 2008

"Frankly, my dear...."

I have another movie reference for you all today. This time I can say that I not only have seen it, but it's one of my all-time favorites and the book is a favorite too! Because carriages were the predecessors of cars, this amazing collection has a few of them on display. This is my favorite carriage!! It appeared in the movie "Gone with the Wind" starring Clark Gable and Vivian Leigh! In coming days I'll show you a few of the very first cars, which were basically carriages with engines put into them.

Circa 1885 Skeleton Boot Victoria

Manufacturer: Studebaker Brothers of Chicago, Illinois

In the first picture, taken a couple of weeks ago, you can see my boys with the carriage. The photo below shows them when we first saw this collection, 2 years ago...boy, haven't they grown!!


Small City Scenes said...

Aren't they just beautiful! And the boys are too. MB

Bergson said...


they are your children?
They seem mischievous

Jim said...

Neat carriage. Gone with the wind.......humm......cant say I heard of it.

You should get another picture of the boys in front of it in another couple of years.

Halcyon said...

Neat! I like the "yesterday" and "today" photos with the boys. It's amazing how fast they grow and change. And it's fun coming back to places when you're a bit older too!

Louis la Vache said...

If you don't mind "Louis" doing this - here's a little correction. The Studebaker Brothers weren't in Chicago, but in South Bend, Indiana. Studebaker was founded in 1852. Many pioneers from the east to the far west came west in Studebaker Conestoga wagons. Studebaker also supplied many of the wagons used by the Union Army in the civil war. In the early 1900s, they became one of the first automobile manufacturers. They hedged their bets by continuing to build horse-drawn vehicles and by building both gasoline and electric-powered cars. In World War I, they supplied many wagons (still horse drawn) used in that war. Most of the trucks sent by FDR to aid the Soviets in their death-struggle against the Nazis were Studebakers. Studebaker trucks were tough enough to stand the winters and very primitive road conditions in the USSR. In the USSR, the word 'Studebaker' became synonymous with 'truck.'

Louis la Vache said...

"Louis" noticed at your photo page, you have photos of a Studebaker pickup, too. "Louis's" grandfather had one of those, a '49 model, on his farm in the Texas Panhandle. He kept it until the early '60s. A real workhorse.