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1900

In the Headlines

 
  • Baseball forms the American League with 6 teams
  • The Chicago Canal opens
  • The first stamp booklet is released in Washington DC
  • Dwight F. Davis begins the World Tennis Cup
  • The US takes Wake Island
  • Hawaii becomes a territory
  • The airship Zeppelin makes 1st flight

new in 1900

 
  • Firestone Tire & Rubber
  • National Automobile Show (Madison Square Garden, New York City)
  • US College Entrance Examination Board (Scholastic Aptitude Tests)
  • Daisy Air Rifle (BB guns)
  • Feb 9 - Davis Cup (officially, the International Lawn Tennis Challenge Trophy)
  • Eastman Kodak introduces the Brownie camera
  • Wesson Oil

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1900 Mile Posts

In the United States

  • Total vehicle production in the U.S. is 4,192
  • Total vehicle registration is 8,000. There are 10 miles of paved roads
  • In 1900, 115 auto deaths - 96 lynchings
  • Ford forms the Ford Motor Company
  • Top speed for new cars is 8 mph. Gasoline fuel efficiency is 35 mpg
  • New York operates the first U.S. motorized ambulance in the United States
  • Boston's last horse drawn trolley is replaced by a 12-passenger electric bus
  • The Automobile Club of America hosts the first automobile race in New York. Nine cars raced along Merrick road on Long Island from Sprigfield to Babylon, twenty-five miles each way. A. L. Riker, driving an electric motorcar, was the winner finishing in just over two hours
  • William McKinley becomes first U.S. President to ride in an automobile-first a steamer and then an electric
  • Some 48,000 fans attend the first National Automobile Show in November in New York; 40 auto companies companies exhibit products, as do 11 parts & accessory firms. Seven cars displayed are steam-powered. Car prices range from $280 to $4000 (about 300 types are on exhibit)
  • The Mobile Company of America builds a 200-foot ramp (53 feet high) at the show to demonstrate the hill-climbing and braking ability of steam vehicles
  • Short-lived electric omnibus service begins on Fifth Avenue, New York City
  • As the number of pedestrians hit by automobiles increases, the city of Chicago considers a bill to require cars to have fenders.
  • In Washington D.C. the era of the horse car comes to an end as the last horse car makes it final run
  • Bicycle manufacturer Alfred Pope nearly correctly predicts that U.S. cities will have more cars than horses in 1910
  • Gasoline cars beat electric cars for first time at Washington Park race track in Chicago
  • The National Association of Automobile Manufacturers is formed
  • RE Dietz Company introduces special kerosene lamps with a clear white flame that cast a 200-foot beam and remain steady on rough roads
  • Automobile advertising appears in The Saturday Evening Post for first time
  • Several makes have gasoline engines under a hood - the first such installation on American vehicles
  • US engineer Frederick W Taylor develops high speed steel that allows a tripling of machine tool speeds
  • Firestone Tire and Rubber incorporated

US Auto Manufacturers

  • Olds Company of Detroit begins the first mass production of automobiles turning out 400 cars in the first year
  • Theft is a problem, even in the early days, so the Leach Motor Carriage has a removable steering lever - an early anti-theft device
  • The Auburn and Peerless makes appear, along with the Knox three-wheel runabout and the first few White Steamers
  • The Ohio, built by Packard, introduced the steering wheel instead of a tiller
  • The Baker Electric makes its formal debut early in the year

And From Around the World

  • Alexander Winton is the first American to participate in foreign auto competition; The Gordon Bennett Race, in France
  • Daimler sells a 6-hp car to the Prince of Wales
  • France establishes the European pattern, imposes a horsepower tax
  • Ferdinand Porsche builds a four wheel drive electric car for the Austrian firm Lohner.
  • Opel decides to move out of automobile, and into motorcycle production
  • First offshore oil wells in the Caspian Sea
  • French army gets its first motor vehicle, an ambulance
  • Michelin offers a free guide to automotive facilities in France to tourists
  • Gottlieb Daimler, creator of Mercedes, dies in Cannstadt on March 6
  • On November 30, a German engineer patents front-wheel drive for autos
  • L Renault and A Peugeot are leading France to dominance in the auto industry

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new makes: 1900


Akron, American De Dion, Auburn, Automobile Fore-Carriage, Baker Electric, Bolte (prototype), Boston (steam), Buffalo, Canda, Clark Steam, Collins Electric, Crest, Crowdus Electric, Eclipse Steamer, Friedman, Gasmobile, Hasbrouck, Hewitt-Lindstrom, Holley, Imperial, International, Keene Steamobile, Keystone, Klock, Knox, Lane-Steam, Marlboro (steam),  Milwaukee (steam), Peerless, People's, Remington, Robinson, Searchmont, Skene Steam, Springfield Steam, Strong & Rogers Electric, Triumph (electric or steam), and White Steamer

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1899-1900 production figures

1.      Columbia (1900)......................................................... 1,500

2.      Locomobile (1900)........................................................ 750

3.      Winton (1899).............................................................. 100

4.      Packard (1900).............................................................. 49

5.      Stanley (1899).............................................................. 30

6.      Stearns (1899).............................................................. 20

7.      Knox (1900).................................................................. 15

8.      Oldsmobile (1899-1900)................................................... 11

Some figures are estimates

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By the numbers

         US Population.................................................... 76,094,000

         Avg. Income....................................................... $637/year

         DOW Avg...................................................................... 71

         New Home (Median Price)........................................... $2,225

         New Car (Avg. Cost)................................................. $1,168

         Milk (Qt)...................................................................... 7

         Bread (Loaf)................................................................. 4

         Steak (lb)................................................................... 12

         Stamp......................................................................... 2 

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deaths

       March 6 - Gottlieb Daimler, b. March 17, 1834
                     Creator of Mercedes

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