Photo Archivist's Selection of the Month: June 2005
Portrait Postcards, Early 20th Century
J.C. Reynolds Family of 171 Courtland Ave.
… and their motor car (Mr. & Mrs. J.C. Reynolds, Mrs. Platt, and chauffeur)
According to automotive historian Kit Foster of the Society of Automotive Historians, the car is a 1909 Buick Model 17.
Model 17, more or less Buick's top-of-the-line car, was built solely as the five-passenger touring car seen above.
While not the most popular 1909 Buick—2003 of them were built out of a total of 14,606— it
was quite common on the roads.
Buick was the second-best-selling
car that year after Ford, which had a production of 17,771 cars.
Mrs. Reynolds and her mother, Mrs. Platt of Pittsfield, Mass.