Wednesday, January 4, 2012
Chandler Motor Co. Light Weight Six - Early 20th Century Postcad
This is an antique postcard advertising an automobile made by Chandler Motor Company. It is advertising a Light Weight Six for $1,295.00 - the Six referring to the number of cylinders.
Chandler Motor Co. was in business from 1913 - 1929, and were considered a mid-priced & mid-level automobile, luxury wise. They were purchased by a competitor in 1929, and the brand was discontinued.
This postcard is postmarked, and though the date is hard to read, I believe it is 1915. The postcard has the look and feel of an early 20th century card, that is pre-1918. There is a cancelled 1 cent stamp on it, and postage rates were 2 cents from 1917-1919, and again from 1925-1928. So I'm fairly confident the cancellation date is 1915.
This looks like a touring car, and even though it's "only" a light weigh six, it appears to have enough power to chase a bear up a steep hill. And even though it's "only" a medium level automobile (performance & luxury wise), it is still elegant enough for a chauffeur to drive around a lady with a large hat.
It's a nifty bit of automotive and advertising history.