Archive for Monday, September 26, 2011

100 years ago: Moving picture to show process of making automobile

September 26, 2011


From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for Sept. 26, 1911:

  • "The largest film of moving pictures in the world will be shown at the skating rink, Thursday, September 28, at 5:00 and 7:30 p.m. It shows the complete construction of the EMF '30' and the Flanders '20' in the Studebaker factory, from the pig iron to the finished automobile. Everyone interested is invited to attend. The University Engineering school should attend in a body. Admission is free."
  • "As a great surprise this morning it was announced at the Baker inaugural that the trustees of the institution had given the school $100,000, thus clearing it of all indebtedness. At the same time a campaign was started for a half million dollars endowment fund."
  • "A charge of using profane and indecent language was preferred against Mrs. Susan Buriss in police court this morning. She pleaded not guilty to the charge and will be tried tomorrow morning. The trouble is said to have occurred in North Lawrence several days ago."


Ron Holzwarth 6 years, 6 months ago

If you would like to see a fantastic photo collection of the full lineup of all the 1911 EMF Five Passenger Tourings, Roadsters, Demi-Tonneaus, and Coupes, click here:

Click on the small thumbnails to see the images full size.

Ron Holzwarth 6 years, 6 months ago

Did Mrs. Susan Buriss really use profane and indecent language?

What I want to know is, who taught her those words?

Sarah St. John 6 years, 6 months ago

Well, it wasn't me! The indecent language, maybe, but never the profane. :-)

Ron Holzwarth 6 years, 6 months ago

EMF was the acronym for: Everitt-Metzger-Flanders. Here is some photos and a bit of info on the Flanders automobile. It was only produced from 1909 to 1912.

Excellent photo of a 1911 Flanders when it was rather new and in use:

Did you know that in 1911, Flanders made motorcycles too?

Ron Holzwarth 6 years, 6 months ago

That really beautiful red 1911 Flanders motorcycle sold for a very good price - $175!

Plus, it had pedals and a chain so you could ride it just like a bicycle when the engine wasn't working, which probably happened pretty often.

Sarah St. John 6 years, 6 months ago

Ahhhh, thanks for coming to my rescue with these links and photos, Ron! I had hoped there were some out there, but I was following up on something else and I got sidetracked....

BTW, I can't make out from the motorcycle link if that was $175 in today's dollars or in 1911. If the latter -- well, my inflation calculator is broken right now, but I'm going to guess at least $4,000.... still, it's GORGEOUS! I love it! And I do have a birthday coming up.... grin

Ron Holzwarth 6 years, 6 months ago

I couldn't find it exactly either, the closest I could do was to put it in 2007 dollars. From: "What cost $1000 in 1911 would cost $21,994.35 in 2007."

So, at a price of $175 in 1911 that would be equal to $3,849.01 in 2007 dollars, and even more today. You were exactly right!

About your birthday coming up, I'm sorry to say that the last time I was at Walmart, they were all sold out of 1911 Flanders motorcycles.

Ron Holzwarth 6 years, 6 months ago

EMF 30 advertisement:

"Today there are over ten thousand E.M.F. "30" cars on the roads in hands of owners and every owner is boosting (sic) That is why the demand for this car always exceeds the supply."

Only ten thousand? There were more than ten thousand Edsels sold.

Every owner is "boosting"? I doubt that was the case when the car was not running, which was a very common problem with all 1911 cars.

The demand always exceeded the supply? Well then, I wonder why the company went out of business.

But, the car is a very pretty shade of blue.

Ron Holzwarth 6 years, 6 months ago

Wow, Sarah! You discussed the E.M.F. automobile on May 18, 2011! '100 years ago: Car population in Lawrence reaches 135'

It's amazing how you sometimes come full circle when you start searching the web!

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