Washington DC History Resources

Matthew B. Gilmore

What Once Was: Washington Welcomes the Automobile, part 1


{1] Washington Post March 2, 1897. No other mention is made so perhaps the vehicle DID frighten the horses.

[2] Encyclopedia of American Biography. New Series. New York, American Historical Company, 1940. “Schuldt, Hon. Gustav Adolph” p. 528ff

[3] Don H. Berkebile. “The 1893 Duryea Automobile in the Museum of History and Technology.” In Contributions from the Museum of History and Technology, Paper 34. Washington, DC, Smithsonian Institution, 1966. P. 3.; Richard P. Scharchburg. Carriages Without Horses: J. Frank Duryea and the Birth of the American Automobile Industry. Warrendale, PA, Society of Automotive Engineers, 1993., p. 47-48; The Motocycle (Automobile) v.1 #2 November 1895; “The Motocycle Race.” Evening Star December 3, 1895; Charles E. Duryea and James E. Homans. The automobile book; a practical treatise on the construction, operation and care of motor cars propelled by gasoline engines; with full explanations of all the essential parts. New York, Sturgis & Walton company, 1916. P. 3.

[4] Smith Center for the Arts. THE SMITH BLOG:
SMITH HISTORY BLOG: Patent Applied for And The Horseless Carriage
March 18th, 2019.

[5] John De Ferrari. Capital Streetcars: Early Mass Transit in Washington, D.C. P.93; LeRoy O. King. 100 Years of Capital Traction: The Story of Streetcars in the Nation’s Capital. Taylor Publishing, 1972. P. 42.

[6] The Old Merchants of New York City ; A History of Dupont Circle: Center of High Society in the Capital. By Stephen A. Hansen; Standard Catalog of American Cars, 1805-1942. Beverly Rae Kimes, Henry Austin Clark. Krause Publications, 1996; A Brief Outline of the Development and Progress of the Electric Railway Industry By Westinghouse Electric Corporation–Introduction Reminiscences of Electric Railway Development By L. M. Aspinwall.

[7] William E. Schneider died in 1907 having just organized “Schneider Resilient Automobile Company” in New York. His brother was architect Thomas Franklin (T.F.) Schneider. Jan Jennings. Cheap and Tasteful Dwellings: Design Competitions and the Convenient Interior, 1879-1909. Knoxville, TN, University of Tennessee Knoxville Press, 2005.

[8]“Carette And Car Collide.” Washington Post October 25, 1900; Evening Star April 15, 1902.

[9]Donald G. Godfrey. C. Francis Jenkins, Pioneer of Film and Television. Urbana, Illinois, University of Illinois Press, 2014.

[10] Our friend J. Worth Carnahan planned production of steel wheels in Washington in the 1920s—nothing seems to have come of this in Washington but in Connecticut.

[11] “Cycle Car Is Latest: Local Automobile Man Has Recently Built One.” Washington Post October 26, 1913

[12] Fire Ends Test Of Triphibian; Inventor Hurt. Washington Post October 26, 1935.

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