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Sunday, February 22, 2009

rubber tires

When I posted the pictures of the National auto I wondered if the horseless carriage and rubber tires were simultaneous developments. Now I notice in a photo that this carriage has rubber tires just like the auto. This would be about late 1890s, and the location is entering the carriage drive in front of Oak Hill Cottage in Mansfield.

Monday, February 9, 2009

1905 national

Possibly the only surviving example of an auto manufactured in Mansfield will be on display starting this season at the carriage house at Oak Hill Cottage. Built by the Richland Buggy Company in 1905, the "National" was purchased and brought back to Mansfield through the efforts of local donors and restored by Richard Taylor. For several years it resided on the second floor of the city building, but now has its own "garage" within the renovated carriage house. For more photos, go to