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1906

In the Headlines

US President: Theodore Roosevelt

US Vice President: Charles W Fairbanks
 

Most severe earthquake (9 on the Richter scale of one to ten) in US history, followed by fire destroys most of San Francisco's central area. Damage is estimated at about $400 million, and nearly 700 persons are killed.

President Roosevelt dedicates Devil's Tower, Wyoming, the first national monument.

Jan 1 - Dutch law makes driver's license mandatory

Football rules committee legalizes the forward pass

1st time Dow Jones closes above 100 (100.26)

Reginald Fessenden broadcasts the first radio program of voice and music

Thomas Edison invents the "cameraphone," a device that synchronizes a phonograph and a projector for sound motion pictures

"Typhoid Mary," a carrier of typhoid fever who has worked as a cook in institutions and private homes, is finally found after 8 years. Although healthy, she is confined by health authorities for 23 years, until her death.

Henry Ford organizes Ford Motor Company.

The first transcontinental trip by automobile--San Francisco to New York in 52 days.

Roald Amundsen, Norwegian explorer, locates Magnetic North Pole.

Ethiopia declared independent in a tripartite pact; country is divided into British, French, and Italian spheres of influence.

Finland is the first European country to give women the vote.

President Roosevelt sails to the Panama Canal Zone. It is the first time a U.S. president has travelled outside the country while in office.

1906 Mileposts

In The United States

  • Vehicle production: 33,200 passenger and 800 trucks.
  • By this time, an estimated 41,696 cars have been built in accordance with the Selden patent.
  • Vehicles at the Sixth National Automobile Show feature stronger materials. such as chrome-nickel and high-carbon steel.
  • Lighter-weight autos gain popularity, including Marmon with its cast aluminim body.
  • Six-cylinder engines gain favor, with models from Ford, Franklin, Pierce-Arrow, National andStevens-Duryea.
  • Woodrow Wilson (then President of Princeton University) says: "Possession of a motor car is such an ostentatious display of wealth that it will stimulate socialism."
  • Autos show utility as rescue vehicles after the San Francisco earthquake.
  • New York makes a few streets one way. Boston follows suit. Urban planner Daniel Burnham recommends banning traffic from some streets in San Francisco.
  • DeDion-Bouton i.c. vehicles replace horse-drawn buses on Fifth Avenue, New York City.
  • Chicago developer puts up an apartment building with garage space in it.
  • New York Herald warns that cars stir up "primitive emotions."
  • Barney Oldfield says that the hope of seeing someone killed is what really attracts spectators to races on tracks.
  • Early ad directed women: "A contented woman is she who operates a Babcock Electric. She Knows there is nothing to fear."
  • Clarence Young (pseudonym of Howard Garis) ushers the automobile into the world of juvenile literature with The Motor Boys, first of a 22-volume series.
  • Front bumpers, built-in trunks, and storage batteries become common on American production cars.
  • Firestone breaks the rubber industry cartel by signing a contract to make tires for Ford.
  • Influential city planners meet at the Seventh International Conference of Architects, to discuss ways to cope with auto...mobility.
  • Standard Oil warns that depletion of the US oil reserves is imminent.
  • Henry Ford buys out Alexander Malcomson's share, takes over as company president after the death of John S. Gray.

US Auto Makers

  • Ford introduced the low-priced 45-mph Model N ($500-600), forerunner of the Model T and produces over 100 per day.
  • Oldsmobile abandons the gas buggy style, curved dash Olds for a Mercedes style car.
  • Buick introduced the storage battery as standard equipment.
  • Stanley Steamer, designed with the help of a wind tunnel, breaks 200 kph but blows up while racing, reinforcing public fears of steamers.
  • Ford's huge, plush, six-cylinder Model K ($2500) is guaranteed to d 60 mph; it will be built through 1908.
  • Production of the Kissel Kar touring begins in Hartford Wisconsin, aimed at the 1907 season.

From Around the World

  • Italian mob assaults William Vanderbilt, Jr. after he runs over a peasnat child in Pistoia.
  • British inventor John C. Wood patents triplex shatter-resistant glass.
  • Rolls introduces the 50-hp, six-cylinder Silver Ghost.
  • Germany requires vehicles to yield to the vehicle on the right in intersections. After an international convention two years later, it becomes the norm wherever cars keep to the right.
  • Henard. a Parisian architect, proposes cloverleaf intersections.
  • Michelin begins to sell detailed road maps to French tourists.
  • French Banque Automobile begins to finance car purchases.
  • French trade union leader P. Coupat, complaining that piecework payments, as opposed to hourly wages. hurt quality, warns: "There. automobile snobs, is the secret behind breakdowns on your trips."
  • First Grand Prix, near Le Mans France, won by Ferenc Szisz, driving 90-hp Renault, averaging 104 kph for 1,232 kilometers. Michelin introduces demountable rims at this race.
  • France makes Louis Renault a Chevalier of the Legion of Honor.
  • Farina brothers open their design firm at Turin, Italy.
  • Grand Prix driver and bike maker Vincenzo Lancia starts making cars.
  •  Ferdinand Porsche goes to work for Daimler.
  • Directors force Karl Benz, old and resistant to change, out of Benz.
  • Armored, but unarmed, military version of the Ivel tractor appears in England.
  • Napier lists some of its owners in a London ad, including 11 peers, 2 generals, 2 Rothschilds, and a member of the cabinet.
 

New Makes: 1906

Aerocar American (Underslung) American Mors
American Simplex Autocycle (Vandegriff) Babcock Electric
Bliss B.L.M. Brunn
Chalfant Colburn Deere-Clark
DeLuxe Dorris Dragon
Essex Steam Fostoria Frontenac
Harrison Hawley Heine-Velox
Hewitt Jewell Kansas City
Kissel Kar Kobusch Lambert
MacNaughton (electric) Mason Maumee
Moore Mora Nielson
Page Palmer (high-wheeler) Paragon
Pontiac Postal (high-wheeler) Reliable Dayton
Shawmut Shoemaker Single Center
Steel Swallow Success Auto Buggy Thomas-Detroit

Production Figures: 1906

  1. Ford....................................................................... 8,729

  2. Cadillac .................................................................. 3,559

  3. Rambler................................................................... 2.765

  4. Reo ....................................................................... 2,456

  5. Maxwell .................................................................. 2,161

  6. Oldsmobile ...............................................................1,600

  7. White ..................................................................... 1,534

  8. Buick ..................................................................... 1,400

Some figures are estimates

By The Numbers

US Population..................................................... 85,450,000

Federal spending ............................................... $0.57 billion

Unemployment .......................................................... 1.7%

DOW Average............................................................ 94.35

 

Average yearly income..................................................$879

New Home (median price)............................................$4,500

New Car (average cost)................................................$500

Gas (gallon) ................................................................. 6

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

 

Bacon (pound).............................................................20

Butter (pound) .......................................................... 30

Bread (loaf)................................................................. 5

Eggs (dozen) ............................................................ 28

Milk (quart) ................................................................ 7

Steak (pound) ............................................................15

Sugar (pound) ............................................................. 6

New in 1906

Lifeguards (Sydney Australia)

Electric Washing Machine

The Victrola

Milk Cartons (introduced by G W Maxwell in San Francisco)

The name "hot dog" (from a cartoon showing a dachshund inside a frankfurter bun)

Permanent waves (introduced in England at a cost of $1,000, taking 8 to 12 hours)

Fuller Brush Company (Hartford Conn)

S.O.S. distress signal (replaced C.Q.D. call adopted two years earlier)

Mack Truck

Le Mans Grand Prix auto race