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1907 

in the headlines: 1907

US President: Theodore Roosevelt

US Vice President: Charles W Fairbanks
 

Second Hague Peace Conference, of 46 nations, adopts 10 conventions on rules of war.

Fall of the stock market sparks financial panic across the U.S.

Oklahoma becomes the country's 46th state.

Iran becomes a constitutional monarchy

President Theodore Roosevelt shakes a record 8,513 hands in 1 day-January 1, 1907

3-element vacuum tube patented by Dr Lee de Forest

The pandemic bubonic plague peaked in 1907 having spread to every continent and infected 52 countries.

Ringling Brothers bought out thier chief rival Barnum & Bailey Circus

1907 mileposts

In The United States

  • Industry production totals 43,000 cars and 1,000 trucks ina year of economic depression
  • Total US auto registration pass the 140,000 mark
  • US car production surpasses all Europe.
  • Selective transmissions are a major trend at the Seventh National Automobile Show
  • Cars at the show feature bigger brakes, bodies with up to 30 coats of paint, and more 6-cyclinder engines
  • Vanderbilt Motor Parkway, a private owned, limited access toll road, opens on Long Island New York. It introduces both concrete pavements and banked curves.
  • Irate at a $5 fare for a 15-block ride, New Yorker Harry Allen introduces 65 Darrarq taxicabs in New York City.
  • John D. Rockefeller switches over from a carriage to an automobile.
  • Secretary of State Elihu Root wants to send federal troops to Glen Echo MD, to block the local marshal from arresting speeding diplomats who have diplomatic immunity.
  • Atlantic Monthly, Scientific America, and the New York Times call for mandatory speed governors on cars.
  • American Automobile Association and the auto industry lobby unsuccessfully for a federal motor vehicle licensing and registration law, hoping to preempt state legislation. This forces state cooperation.
  • Newspaper accuses New York City police of fixing tickets.
  • Various engines have enclosed timing gears, and include mud aprons below
  • The Association of Licensed Automobile Manufacturers offes a formula for calculating engine horsepower, later to be used by many states for tax purposes
  • Humps are installed on some streets in Glencoe Illinois to discourage speeders
  • President William Howard Taft orders a White Steamer-the first official White House automobile

US Auto Makers

  • Chadwick Company builds a supercharges racer.
  • Oakland Motor Car Company (later Pontiac) is organized by buggy maker Edwards M. Murphy; its 2-cyclinder car is designed by Alanson P. Brush
  • Packard and Ford make million dollar profits.
  • Ford is first US car with left-hand steering
  • General Motors formed with acquisition of Buick, Cadillac, Oakland (Pontiac) and Oldsmobile.
  • Fisher Body established
  • Cadillac is now focusing on four-cylinder models
  • The last of the famed one-cylinder Curved Dash Oldsmobile is built
  • Buick adopts a T-head four-cylinder engine with a three-speed, sliding-gear transmission
  • Oldsmobile begins nickel-plating trim components that had formerly been brass.

From Around the World

  • Paris-Peking race. Prince Scipione Borghese's winning Itala takes 60 days.
  • Renault becomes the largest manufacturer in Europe.
  • Andre Citroën becomes chief engineer at the nearby bankrupt Mors Company and buys it.
  • As Paris car registrations pass 4,000, Anatole France writes: "The future belong to the metal beast." French courts rule horse owners must train their animals not to shy at the sound of a car.
  • Tokyo's Jidosha Seisakusho Company builds Japan's first gasoline-fueled car.
 
new makes: 1907
Albany Anderson Atlas
Aurora Bailey Electric Barnes
Bay State Belden Brush
Bugmobile C-F (Cornish-Friedberg) Chase
Colt Conover Continental
Corbitt Cosmopolitan (high wheeler) Craig-Toledo
Crescent Cunningham C.V.I.
Detroit Electric Diamond T Duer (high wheeler)
Durocar Earl Euclid
Eureka Everybody's Falcon
Fee-American Four Traction (Kato) Gearless
Gifford-Pettitt Great Smith Griswold
Harper Hatfield Hay-Berg
Haydock Ideal International (high wheeler)
Kingston Klink Lauth-Juergens
Lorraine Marvel Maryland
Miller Monarch Oakland
Pennsylvania Perfection Ranger
Regal Selden Senator
Simple Simplicity Speedwell
Triumph Wolfe  
production figures: 1907
  1. Ford...................................................................... 14,887
  2. Buick ..................................................................... 4,641
  3. REO........................................................................ 3.967
  4. Maxwell .................................................................. 3,785
  5. Rambler .................................................................. 3,201
  6. Cadillac .................................................................. 2,884
  7. Franklin .................................................................. 1,509
  8. Packard .................................................................. 1,403

Some figures are estimated or calendar year

by the numbers: 1907

US Population................................................. 87,008,000

Federal spending ............................................ $0.58 billion

Unemployment ........................................................ 2.8%

DOW Average.............................................................. 59

 

Average yearly income................................................$897

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

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

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

Stamp........................................................................2¢

 

Bacon (pound)............................................................21¢

Butter (pound) .......................................................... 33¢

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

Eggs (dozen) ............................................................ 29¢

Milk (gallon) .............................................................. 32¢

Sugar (pound) ........................................................... 06¢

new in 1907

Movie titles instead of commentators

  Canned tuna fish (San Pedro California)

Helicopter-designed by Frenchman Paul Cornu

Household detergent (Persil)

Armstrong linoleum

Canada Dry Pale Ginger Ale

L'Oréal perfume and beauty products

United Methodist Church

Bullock's (Los Angeles) and Neiman-Marcus (Dallas) department Store

the comic strip Mr. A Mutt, about the misadventures of a tall, hapless racetrack junkie, settled in at the San Francisco Chronicle, running 6 days a week in its racing pages