Taft's Auto leaving N.Y. Public Library (LOC)

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Where: 466 5th Ave, New York, NY 10018, USA

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When: 01 January 1910

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Bain News Service,, publisher.

Taft's Auto leaving N.Y. Public Library

[between ca. 1910 and ca. 1915]

1 negative : glass ; 5 x 7 in. or smaller.

Title from unverified data provided by the Bain News Service on the negatives or caption cards.
Forms part of: George Grantham Bain Collection (Library of Congress).

Format: Glass negatives.

Rights Info: No known restrictions on publication.

Repository: Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division, Washington, D.C. 20540 USA, hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/pp.print

General information about the Bain Collection is available at hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/pp.ggbain

Higher resolution image is available (Persistent URL): hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/ggbain.09483

Call Number: LC-B2- 2238-12


Owner: The Library of Congress
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    • 30/Jan/2008 20:12:47

    "On May 23, 1911, the main branch of the New York Public Library was officially opened in a ceremony presided over by President William Howard Taft. " - Wikipedia

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    • 15/Feb/2008 20:51:06

    That thing gotta Hemi??

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    aware health

    • 24/Oct/2008 03:10:54

    The guy in the boater hat must be Secret Service, or the equivalent -- definitely challenging the photographer.

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    • 31/Aug/2009 01:29:39

    Both cars have the same licence plate number. Is it possible that all the cars of Taft's fleet had the same plates?

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    aware health

    • 31/Aug/2009 02:28:58

    I think I found the answer. (Is there anything that can't be Googled?) By the auto registration laws of those days, dealers could apply for one registration for their entire fleet and then get duplicate plates of the registration number for all their cars. (I tried to make a tinyurl of the "McKinney's Consolidated Laws" Googlebook website but Flickr won't post it.) I'd guess that Taft took the train to NYC, and a local dealer supplied the cars for his motorcade. Can you tell the model? There's a logo on the lead car's grille, but it's hidden by the license plate.

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    • 31/Aug/2009 17:52:38

    Nice work rjones0856! Both vehicles are White steam cars, made in Cleveland. Taft apparently chose the White steamer as the official state car for himself and his staff. Just coincidence that he lived in the White House at the time!

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    • 02/Sep/2010 03:12:56

    Also a coincidence that Taft was from Ohio, where the cars were built.

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    • 02/Sep/2010 17:19:01

    Another Bain/LOC photo of opening day at the New York Public Library: [http://www.flickr.com/photos/library_of_congress/2162721815/in/photostream/]

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    Hiring Librarians

    • 26/May/2012 22:56:27

    Hooray for presidential support of libraries! Just wanted to let you know I used this photo on my blog here: hiringlibrarians.com/2012/05/22/maintain-eye-contact-thin...

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