Monday Mystery

I think its fair to say that I’ve seen quite a few pictures of Lovett Hall. I wouldn’t even hazard a guess as to how many. I’ve seen it in the day, at night, in fog and snow, with brides in the Sallyport and with no one around at all. Top, bottom and sideways. This one stopped me, though. At first I was fixated on whatever that thing is that you can see through the Sallyport. But then I noticed something else.

 Holy Cow–what the heck is that car?!?! At least I assume it’s a car. That’s a car, right? There’s no horse pulling it, so it must be. Click on it, then zoom in and you’ll get a fairly decent look at it. Anyone have any ideas?

I wonder who it belonged to.

 (and what do you think that is through the Sallyport?) 

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6 Responses to Monday Mystery

  1. C Kelly says:

    That’s an old car, even for 1912 or whenever this photo was taken. I looked at pictures of Ramblers from about 1900 & even though I didn’t get an exact match, they looked similar. At that date cars were still made like 4-wheel bicycles, so they had small engines (2-stroke?) & very light chassis. Some car expert will probably identify the exact make & year.

  2. Gene Lege says:

    It looks to me like it could be a woman pointing, possibly standing on a short ladder or some other kind of small riser.

  3. Gloria Meckel Tarpley '81 says:

    I checked with my mother, age 87, and she tells me that the car is definitely an electric car, in fairly common use in the late twenties. Evidently these cars had a much different sound to them — they seemed to purr, and were almost noise-less. As for the figure, I have no clue at all, but it is clearly larger than most humans — a large stick figure, perhaps? Something for a formal, or a prank?

  4. Mike Ross says:

    It looks like pictures I see online of the Baker Electric Car, circa 1910-12.

  5. Tim Graham says:

    Could also be the Detroit Electric or Studebaker.
    The lack of hood/engine area pretty much defines it as one of the electrics of the era. A century later, they’re coming back.

  6. Wendy Kilpatrick Laubach ('78) says:

    What a wild car. It looks like Cinderella’s carriage on bicycle wheels.

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