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Brass! | by John H Bowman
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Headlamp detail, 1906 Pungs-Finch Finch Limited Roadster. (Should be viewed large.) The brass on these very early automobiles is simply stunning; being able to see several of the cars at close range was a special treat for me. The headlamps on this Finch Limited are particularly striking.


I've sacrificed some detail in the smaller file size posted to Flickr, but when viewed in the light box, I can still read the information on the copper plate above the lens of the lamp.


PAT JAN3199 MODEL 24 A AUG 25 1903


Badger Brass Mfg Co Kenosha Wis USA


Some of the Finch Limited lettering on the readiator can be read in the reflections in the left-hand lamp. This is said to be the only Finch automobile produced (made before Finch left the firm). Of greater interest, perhaps, is that this car had 4-cylinder engine with hemispherical combustion chambers and over 600 cid. All the brass on the car is simply stunning, and the rich, deep shade of red on the wheels and body behind the cowl is, I think, very nice.Seeing each of the many old cars at the Gilmore Museum, at Greenfield Village, and elsewhere on our recent trip was great for me, but there was a special thrill from seeing some of the grand old Brass-era cars. Perhaps that is due, in part, to the fact that these were gone from the roads before the time of my earliest memory, so that they never had the chance to become in any way ordinary to me. And, of course, these vehicles are simply very impressive. Flickr friend Steve Brown (sjb4photos) was our very able and amiable "tour director" for the cars and SE Michigan countryside June 15-18.

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Taken on June 16, 2011