Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Quiz Photo: Mystery Truck

The Fountainhead Antique Auto Museum has compiled an impressive collection of historic photographs, most of which we've enlarged to ~4' x 7' for the museum walls. Many, like the one shown here, are crammed full of passengers. Clearly these early cars were very popular!

We have been unable to identify the truck (or car) pictured here. Any guesses? The radiator emblem appears to be a triangle, or perhaps the letter "A". The photo was taken on July 4, 1913 as people headed to the local ball park to see the first airplane flight in Alaska. You can click on the image to enlarge it.
If you don't want to create a Google account to post a guess, please contact me at or 907-458-6112.

This photo is from the Lulu Fairbanks Collection at the Alaska and Polar Regions Collections at the University of Alaska Fairbanks and may NOT be reproduced in any form.



  1. The truck has been identified! It's a Saurer, of which there were at least two known to be in Fairbanks 90 years ago.

  2. I believe this truck is a Garford(due to the
    unusual shape of the hood).Harrah's had a 1913
    Garford (auto) with a similar shaped hood.Garford started making component parts for
    cars in 1903 as Federal Manufacturing Co. Soon
    they were building complete chassis for Ardsley,
    Gaeth,Cleveland,Royal,Ranier and Studebaker.Trucks were introduced in 1909.The
    Garford Co. was based in Elyria,Ohio.
    Hope this helps.I met your main man at Bakersfield Swap Meet near the 1903 White that
    should have been mine.My name is Anthony Costa
    and contact info is in the HCCA Roster,as I am a member.


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