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Through the efforts of three CAA members, in three different countries, we now have a stack of (copies of) amazing old photos, more than thirty in all. We believe they’re all from Germany, and they appear to date from the late nineteenth or early twentieth century. I’m working on finding out (I hope) whose turnouts these actually were.

We’ll be reproducing a number of these in the May issue of The Carriage Journal, and I’ll be posting a few others here. But I thought I’d start with just a tidbit of one photo. See the off-side passenger, in the top hat? Check out his magnificent sideburns!

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For the final entry in our brief tour of special-order Studebaker carriages, we have this Queen Phaeton …

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In case you missed Friday’s post, go back and read it first …

Then, here’s a special-order Studebaker Spider Phaeton:

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Continuing on from yesterday’s post, here’s a special-order Studebaker Tandem Cart:

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I came across yet another treasure in the CAA’s library: a small (just 5 by 7 inches) catalog of “fine carriages & spring passenger wagons” by the Studebaker Bros. Mfg. Co.

The catalog isn’t dated, but the library card stored with it in the filing cabinet where I found it says that it’s from 1896.

It’s filled with lovely, but fairly typical, black-and-white images of carriages. Each type, variety, and style has a name, a catalog number, specifications, a drawing (like this)

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… and, amusingly to us now, a unique “telegraph code.” Some of these; Lilac, Lovely, Quartz and, my favorite, Prune.

Carriage names and drawings like these are a huge help in trying to identify carriage types, or even just in learning what made one type different from another and how to tell all the varieties apart.

The real treasure in this catalog, though, are the full-color illustrations of some of Studebaker’s special-order vehicles. These were all painted by the prolific turn-of-the-century magazine illustrator, C. Gray-Parker. And they’re gorgeous.

Six of these will be featured in the March issue of The Carriage Journal, but I’m going to share four others with you here over the next few days.

First, here’s a special-order Studebaker Hunting Trap …

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I was considering using this (undated) photo to illustrate an article in the upcoming issue of The Carriage Journal. I don’t think it will actually work (or it might, you’ll just have to check out the March issue to see whether it made the cut!), but I find it rather delightful and thought I would share it here with you regardless.

The lady sitting next to the driver of this Spider Phaeton has the most enormous pile of feathers on her hat …

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The latest issue of The Carriage Journal is in the mail now to all current Carriage Association members / subscribers!

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This issue includes features on harness makers, the history of sleighing in North America, and the (former) secrets of the Old Rocket coach, which were uncovered during its restoration. Plus all the usual departments (the news section, “In the Carriage House,” “In the Stable,” “Nuts and Bolts,” and more).

If you’re a current member or subscriber, look for your copy in your mailbox. If you’re not a current member / subscriber but would like to learn more, head on over to the About Us page on the CAA’s website.

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