Washington DC History Resources

Matthew B. Gilmore

What Once Was: Washington Welcomes the Automobile, part 2


[1] Report of The Superintendent Street-Cleaning Department of the District of Columbia For the Fiscal Year Ended June 30, 1901. p. 4.

  [2] Statistics of Cities Having Population Over 30,000: 1905. Washington, DC, Government Printing Office, 1907. Table 42, p. 348.

  [3] Diary of Armistead Peter. Tudor Place. Courtesy Grant Quertermous; permit 6015, 6/14/1913.

  [4] Fascinating, evocative photographs by Fisk can be found here: Early Motoring in the District of Columbia-Howard S. Fisk: About the Photographer and His Work: http://dcplates.com/Traffic10.htm and http://washingtonstarobits.blogspot.com/2010/05/howard-s-fisk-star-automotive-editor.html

  [5] Howard S. Fisk. Fisk road book. [Washington, D.C., L. M. Thayer, printer, c1914]

  [6] Michael L. Bromley. William Howard Taft and the first motoring presidency. Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2003; p. 15.

  [7] Also the subject of the 2012 White House ornament.

  [8] H.G. Ward “Commercial vehicle progress in Washington.” Operation and Maintenance¸ March 1909. P. 80.

 [9]  Annual Report of The Commissioners of The District of Columbia Year Ended June 30, 1910; Vol. II Engineer Department Reports. Washington, Government Printing Office, 1910; p.243.

 [10] The Horseless Age v.9, #14, April 2, 1902, p.420.

  [11] “Traffic Law Reform: Sylvester Will Recommend Changes to Commissioners.” Washington Post August 19, 1909; “More Police Needed: District Poorly Protected, Says Maj. Sylvester’s Report.” Washington Post November 9, 1913; “Idle Cars Congest Traffic.” Washington Post May 17, 1914; “Park Waiting Autos: District to Have Cars Crowding Streets Removed.”  Washington Post May 18, 1914; “Auto Owners Fail to Appear.: Symes Says There Will Be No Further Delay of New Regulations.” Washington Post July 2, 1914; “Revise Traffic Code: Commissioners Decide on New Regulations for The District.” Washington Post July 10, 1914.

  [12] Evening Star October 18, and 25, 1915 and Washington Post October 26, 1915; Washington Times, October 18, 1915.

  [13] Milton D. Smith. Important extracts from the law and regulations relating to street traffic in the District of Columbia, with amendments to April, 1919. Washington, D.C. National Electrical Supply Co., 1919.

  [14] Laurence F. Schmeckebier. The District of Columbia, its government and administration. Baltimore, Johns Hopkins Press, 1928. p.297.

  [15] “New Traffic Fight Looms as Eldridge Bares Amendments.” Washington Post November 1, 1925; “Changes in Traffic Code Are Approved by Commissioners.” Washington Post November 22, 1925 “Carriage Users Join in Fight Ban.” Evening Star, January 1, 1926; “Press Comment” Washington Post January 21, 1926; Horseless Streets. Washington Post, December 7, 1925.

  [16] Traffic Conditions in The District of Columbia. January 22, 1924. Report (Pursuant to S. Res. 419, 67th Cong.} Senate 68th Congress, 1st Session. Report No. 84. P.1.

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