Publication: Privately photographed, 1920, Flint
First edition. Oblong 9 1/4" x 65 1/2." With 12 silver gelatin photographs, 10 linen-backed, several w/ photographer’s stamp on verso, 10 mounted on linen hinges. Original black cloth split-pin post-binder, gilt lettering stamped on front cover (minor shelfwear, minor bumping to corners, very minor edgewear), still a very good, bright copy. An exceedingly rare dealer’s showroom album for the Paterson Six Model 6-46 touring sedan introduced by the Brass Era automobile company at the end of World War I. Paterson (1838-1921) founded the Paterson Co. carriage works in 1869, and was actually the carriage builder who launched William Durant’s famed career by constructing his first 1200 horse-drawn carts with spring suspension. Paterson later was a pioneer in the automobile industry, and was one of the earliest investors in Durant’s efforts to build General Motors, and by 1909 was manufacturing 2-cylinder automobiles with double chain drive and solid rubber tires. In 1910, the company introduced their first 4-cylinder horsepower, shaft driven motorcars, and eventually developed the Paterson Six, Model 6-46 which could reach 50 mph on developed highways. The Paterson Company maintained a widespread dealer network, including the Fashion Garage owned by Lawrence I. Sullivan (1887-1967) in Portland, OR, who rented and sold Paterson Six motorcars. This showroom album shows four Paterson Six touring cars lined up in front of Sullivan’s Garage, and another with four Portland women driving and riding in the popular automobile. The Paterson Co. photographs show the Model Six touring car with canvas top up, and down, the hardtop version, engine, chassis, rear suspension, and drive train. Unfortunately, the company could not survive the post-World War I Depression, as well as the death of William Paterson, and it was sold in July, 1923 to Dallas Winslow, the local Dodge dealer in Flint, MI. Charles Otto Linn (1891-1974), operated the Linn Photo Co. commercial photography studio in Lansing, MI with his brother J. Frank, and during the Great Depression expanded to selling cameras and photographic supplies. No copies located in Worldcat; See: William A. Paterson Dies, Motor Age, Vol. 40, Sept. 15, 1921, p. 30; New Paterson Models, The Indianapolis Star, March 9, 1919, p. 57; Kimes & Clark, Standard Catalog of American Cars (1996); Tinder, Directory of Early Michigan Photographers (2013). An attractive, well-preserved album of an early automobile manufacturer.
Inventory Number: 43550