Thursday, March 31, 2011

Reader Comment

Byter Richard has taken issue with my post yesterday in which I claimed that the 1898 Winton Motor Carriage advertisement was the world’s first car ad.

Richard sent me a pic of the Daimler catalogue of 1896, which advertises motor vehicles for sale, amongst other Daimler equipment, engines and machines:

(Click on the pics to enlarge)

 Not content with disputing my assertion, Richard gives the knife a final twist by pointing out that by 1896, Daimler had already been selling automobiles for 10 years.

There is an  interesting aspect to Richard’s email to me. He is a mad cyclist, one of those bike riders you see on the road in bicycle shorts and brightly coloured cycling shirt. His email to me opened with the words “My cycling social group disagee!”

Prior to my posting items, I usually seek confirmation from various sources, as I did that with the Winton ad prior to posting. I have looked into the aspect of the world’s first car ad again and although there are numerous references to the Winton ad, there are none for the Daimler catalogue. Nonetheless I accept the date on the Daimler ad, although not necessarily the assertion that Daimler had been selling cars 10 years before that. Daimler-Motoren-Gesellschaft (DMG) (Daimler Motors Corporation) commenced activities in 1890, selling engines and later automobiles.

Whilst looking into the above issues I came across an ad for the Baker Electric car, dating from about 1906:

I love it. I want one.


  1. If you like the Baker Electric visit Jay Leno's garage and take a ride in his 1909 model:

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