When our ancestors set off on their Sunday drives in first decades of the 20th century, most of them were probably envisioning traveling along roads like the one below.
|[Road Trip 1 of 2-San Diego County (1900-1920) California State Library]|
But they could never be sure what the condition of the road would be around the next bend.*
|[Road Trip 2 of 2-San Diego County (1900-1920) California State Library]|
Of course early automobile manufacturers had to take bad roads into consideration in their car design. The video below shows what some cars were capable of.**
["Oilfield Dodge" Promotional Film]
|[1919 Dodge Brothers Ad]|
Since the "Oilfield Dodge" film was shot in the silent movie era and some stock music has been added as background, I thought it would be fun to see if I could find out what the car would have sounded like and the internet didn't let me down. You can read a modern review of a 1922 Dodge car here which includes the video below.
[Driving around in a Dodge Brothers car]
*I don't think these two photos from the Robert Ford collection at the California State Library show the same car.
**Although the video is described as a promotional film, I wasn't able to find out where it originated or if there is any connection to the Dodge Brothers or their car company.
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