From vahistorical.wordpress.com a picture of the 48-star US flag of 100 years ago. Of course, this was actually the flag from 1912 through 1959. Please don’t tell me that I have to write that the number of stars on the flag corresponds to the number of states. I guess I just wrote it, anyway. New Mexico and Arizona were admitted to the Union in 1912 to make 48 states. Alaska and Hawaii were admitted in 1959 to make 50 states.
Most auto enthusiasts know that the Ford Model T dominated car sales from its introduction in 1908 until the end of its production in 1927, although Ford sales declined every year from 1923 through the last full year of Model T production in 1926. Below are the top eight selling US makes 100 years ago. My apologies if I’ve shown this chart before:
|1919 Model Year Production|
Obviously the figures for Dodge and Maxwell are estimates. 1919 was also the year the Ford family became sole owners of Ford Motor Company with Edsel named as President.
Automobile production nearly doubled in 1919 compared to 1918 even though cars were in relatively short supply due to strikes and to material shortages, like for coal. Remember that the Great War (later known as World War I) only ended in November, 1918.
From prewarbuick.com a (grainy) picture of a 1919 Buick H-45 Touring:
The H-45 was not the top of the line Buick, that was the H-50 priced at $2,585. Priced at $1,595 approximately 45,000 H-45s were built in 1919 comprising about 40% of Buick production and making it Buick’s most popular car.
Have an enjoyable, safe and sane Fourth!
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