Clinton Folger's "Horsemobile"

Clinton Folger's "Horsemobile" delivering mail, on South Beach Street, at Hayden's Bath House entrance.


For nearly twenty years, from 1900 to 1918, Nantucket was the only place in the nation that successfully fought encroachment of the automobile within its limits. Opposing politicians on the mainland and large property owners, mostly non-residents, Nantucketers kept the island free of the "gasoline buggy" until the final vote of the town on May 15, 1918. By the narrow margin of forty - 326 to 286 - the automobile was allowed entry.


Clinton Folger was the mail carrier for Nantucket. Because cars were forbidden by the town, he towed his car to the state highway for driving to Siasconset.


Image number: 14797

  • Pixel Wrangler 6y

    This reminded me of a photograph I saw in the Commons Collection of The Nationaal Archief ... albeit the reasons behind it were much different(!)

    "Door paard getrokken taxi"    by Spaarnestad
    Door paard getrokken taxi

    "Second World War. During the German occupation of The Netherlands, people used a car without gasoline/fuel because of shortages. In this picture a Ford V* is drawn by a horse. The place that would usually hold the engine is now being used as the drivers' seat.
    Holland, The Hague, May 14th 1941"
  • Pixel Wrangler 6y

    Were the "Hot Sea-Water Baths" (promoted in the sign) those of Miss Hayden's Bath Rooms on South Beach Street ?
  • Nantucket Historical Association 6y

    Signs in several photos have "Hayden's Bath Rooms" or "Hayden's Bath House."
  • David Cory 5y

    Added to the gallery Oddities From the Commons 3
  • Frizztext 5y

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called ABC-visualized, and we'd love to have this added to the group!
  • sonny snyder 4y

    Mackinac island is still automobile free great find
  • Peter D. Tillman 4y

    Added to

    Thanks for posting these!
  • Yannick Rival 3y

    Excellent! Clinton Folger's "Horsemobile".
22 faves
Taken on February 12, 2003
  • Show EXIF
This photo is in 1 album

Additional info

  • Viewing this photo Public
  • Safety level of this photo Safe
  • S Search
    Photo navigation
    < > Thumbnail navigation
    Z Zoom
    B Back to context