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I am trying to locate period photos of MICHIGAN automobiles - circa 1910 to 1913.  My searches to date have only located a few. I'd like to add to the knowledge base I've set up at https://michiganmotorcar.com/contemporary-photos-of-mighty-michigan-40-automobiles/

This is a website that I have set up that tracks my restoration of our 1912 Michigan. All additions are greatly appreciated. I'm trying to document painted portions, plated fittings and whatever else can be gleaned from these old photos. Here is our family car, decorated for a Fourth of July parade in Hobart Indiana in 1915. Thanks for your help --  Craig Correll

Mich Hobart 1915

 


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Topic starter Posted : October 21, 2021 6:09 pm

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Craig, thanks for sharing the link to your website.  You've done a great job at presenting a huge amount of information as well as charting your progress through the restoration.  Congratulations.  I started a similar site a few years ago after purchasing a little known car - three years later it's still growing and I've made some good connections and received some photos through it.

You've obviously done a lot of research so maybe you've tried these sources, but I'll suggest them anyways:

- vehicle registration records: Some jurisdictions are better than others but every once in awhile you come across one that lists good detail about the cars (make, serial#, etc.).  Once you have this you can start to focus on specific families that owned a Michigan in a particular town.

- local directories: these can provide good information about the families found above.

- ancestry.com or familysearch.org:  Once you know who you're looking for, a genealogy site can get you closer to contacting the descendants of the family.  They may have old family photos that show the car.  As well, ancestry.com now has some vehicle registration lists included.  This is how I connected with the family of the original owner of my 1912 REO.

- local newspapers: As well as advertising, local newspapers would be a "who's-who" of early car owners.  In small towns especially, it was common to put a note that "Mr. Jones has just received delivery of his fine new ?????? automobile."

 

A quick look through one of the British Columbia registration books (1914) shows only one Michigan, plate number 987.  The owner was named Paul Dawson of Vancouver, with two subsequent owners listed.

We have one Michigan Model R owner in our group here in B.C.  Here are a couple of pictures.  I will try to connect you with him.

Peter Findlay

Burnaby, B.C., Canada

 

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Posted : October 22, 2021 9:36 pm

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There was a Michigan article in the HCCA Gazette in 1962:

https://ia801700.us.archive.org/9/items/sim_horseless-carriage-gazette_january-february-1962_24_1/sim_horseless-carriage-gazette_january-february-1962_24_1.pdf


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Posted : October 22, 2021 11:11 pm

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Thanks Peter - I had not seen the 1962 article in the HCCA Gazette - The article has period illustrations and not period photographs of Michigan cars. That is an issue that I have been encountering since we first discovered that our family Michigan still existed. It was purchased new in 1912 by my wife's great grandfather. The photos you provided and those in the 1962 HCCA Gazette were modern photos of restored cars. My experience is that during restoration some cars tend to get "blinged up" with details or accessories that did not exist on original or factory cars.  When they can be found, period photos are little time capsules of information about what was polished metal (nickel in the case of 1910 to 1913 Michigans) and what was painted. What was original badging and what was added later.   I've tried getting vehicle registration information in California, and it is REALLY BAD. Apparently at some point several decades ago, the State decided to trash all the old records. Consequently, getting anything from before computers is unlikely. I have not tried other states, but that is an interesting idea which will have to wait until I've got our car reliably running. We just got it fully reassembled on September 10th, 2021 -- having started restoration in 2013. Thanks so much for your suggestions. They make good sense.  Craig Correll, Carlsbad Calif.

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Topic starter Posted : October 23, 2021 2:16 pm
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