September 20, 2017

The Home Friend 1909 – Ohio Carriage Mfg Company


The automobile was still in its infancy, and the United States was no where near as dependant on oil as it is 100 years later in 2009.  H. C. Phelps was a master of persuasive advertising, encouraging his customers to “cut out the middleman” and buy directly from him via the United States Postal Service.

Purchasers of the 1910 model were assured they were getting the up-to-date models, not shopworn ones that had sat in third party displays waiting to be sold. Even then, this mode of transportation had its “lemons” it seems.

Can’t you just imagine your ancestors excitement when their new well-built buggy arrived at the post office? With 125 styles to choose from, it would have taken all winter just to decide which one to buy!

Source: Learn more about “The Carriage Trade” by Thomas A. Kinney at Google Book Search.

Postcards: Kids in a Goat Cart Challenge

This subject came up a few years ago: Do we all have pictures of kids in goat carts?  I was surprised to see how many of my friends and family had similar pictures. Do you have one? Here is my submission to the challenge. Let’s see how many different ones we can share!

Three boys and a goat cart

I believe this might be boys in the Wilkerson or Baldwin family, but I don’t know for sure.  That’s one sturdy looking goat, don’t you think?

Looking for some additional postcards? Try visiting A Festival of Postcards.  Evelyn has some dandy ones!

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