Sunday, 18 May 2014

The London Motor Show - 1907


Poster Advertising "Cordingley's Twelfth
Annual Motor Show", London April 1907
[Source : Grace's Guide

This Blog features some of the automobiles and manufacturers which would have been on show at "Cordingley's Twelfth Annual Motor Show" held at the Royal Agricultural Hall at Islington in London from the 6th to 13th of April 1907.


A General View of the actual 1907 Show at Islington
[Source : Grace's Guide]

Let us now view some wonderful adds featuring just a small percentage of the period vehicles which would have been on view at the 1907 Motor Show. Emphasising the latest features, power output, economy, reliability, safety, free trials, awards, and guarantees were - and still are - prime considerations for buyers and useful marketing tools for sellers. Some names are long gone, some will be familiar, and the odd one will still be well known today. A further two part Blog will feature some fascinating motoring parts and accessories available at this time. 


The "Airex" car,
Coventry


The "Alldays & Onions" car,
Birmingham


The "Argyll" car,
Glasgow


The "Armstrong & Whitworth" car,
Newcastle-on-Tyne 


The "British" Car,
Reading, Berkshire 


The "Brooke" car,
London


The "Clément" car,
Coventry [later called "Talbot"]


The "Darracq" car,
France


The "Grégoire" car chassis


The "Horbick" car,
Manchester


The "Humber" car,
Beeston and Coventry


The "Jackson" car,
London


The "Minerva" car,
Belgium / London


The "Phoenix" car, London


The "Reo" car,
London


The "Rover" car,
Coventry


The "Singer" car,
Coventry


The "Star" car,
Wolverhampton


The "Star" car,
Wolverhampton


The "Swift" car,
Coventry


The "Vauxhall" car,
Luton


The "West" car,
London

And finally, let's have a look at some of the motoring clothing and recquisites being sold at this time, bearing in mind that many cars were open, or at least exposed to all weathers.


Winter Driving Accessories being sold by
Gamages Department Store of
Holborn, London


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2 comments:

  1. Normally ephemeral art forms disappear quickly.. noone seems to care very much. But what a great source of social history!

    The Winter Driving Accessories and the Argyll Cars, for example, tell us a great deal about the appearance of men. This is a subject that was not often analysed in the more traditional history sources.

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  2. Thank you Hels. I've done close-ups of men's and women's motoring clothing for my two part follow-up to this blog although they won't go up for a wee while yet.

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