Matheson Automobile Company photographs

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This collection includes 135 images dating largely from 1901 to 1912 from the Matheson Automobile Company, a small automaker headquartered out of Holyoke, Massachusetts and later Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania. Matheson automobiles were particularly popular for the power they provided, winning trophies in numerous hill climb competitions in the first decade of the twentieth century. The company's hand-built and custom-made cars were eventually pushed out of the market by smaller, cheaper, more mass-produced vehicles. The images in the collection depict automobile races, a Matheson European tour, and Matheson automobiles being manufactured and in use. Image: H.N. Harding at wheel during 1907 Giant's Despair Hillclimb. Click to view.

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Charles W. Matheson and four others in the first Matheson automobile
Written on verso: '1 Charlie W. Matheson. 2 Twombly (porter). 3 J. B. Hedges (design engineer). 4 Andy Burns (foreman). 5 George D. Taylor (supt.). The First Matheson. 24 HP 4 cyl. Grand Rapids, MI 1903 $2500.', [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Matheson Automobile Company photographs (Accession 1989.327), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Side view of Greuter tourer car
Written on verso: 'side view, Greuter car. Holyoke, Mass. c.1901', [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Matheson Automobile Company photographs (Accession 1989.327), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Front view of 1901 Charles Greuter designed automobile at Holyoke, Mass.
[Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Matheson Automobile Company photographs (Accession 1989.327), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Rear view of 1901 Charles Greuter designed automobile at Holyoke, Mass.
[Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Matheson Automobile Company photographs (Accession 1989.327), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Four cylinder water-cooled overheard valve engine for 1903 Matheson automobile designed by Charles Greuter
24 horsepower 4x6 first Matheson automobile designed by Charles Greuter., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Matheson Automobile Company photographs (Accession 1989.327), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Four cylinder water-cooled overheard valve engine for 1903 Matheson automobile designed by Charles Greuter
24 horsepower first Matheson automobile designed by Charles Greuter., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Matheson Automobile Company photographs (Accession 1989.327), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Front view of frame and engine of first Matheson automobile designed by Charles Greuter
24 horsepower first Matheson automobile designed by Charles Greuter., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Matheson Automobile Company photographs (Accession 1989.327), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Chassis and engine of first Matheson automobile designed by Charles Greuter
24 horsepower first Matheson automobile designed by Charles Greuter., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Matheson Automobile Company photographs (Accession 1989.327), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Side view of first Matheson automobile designed by Charles Greuter with hood and tonneau removed
24 horsepower first Matheson automobile designed by Charles Greuter., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Matheson Automobile Company photographs (Accession 1989.327), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Chassis and engine of first Matheson automobile designed by Charles Greuter with radiator in place
24 horsepower first Matheson automobile designed by Charles Greuter., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Matheson Automobile Company photographs (Accession 1989.327), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Chassis and wheels of first Matheson automobile designed by Charles Greuter suspended
24 horsepower vehicle., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Matheson Automobile Company photographs (Accession 1989.327), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Chassis and engine of first Matheson automobile designed by Charles Greuter
24 horsepower vehicle., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Matheson Automobile Company photographs (Accession 1989.327), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Side view of first Matheson automobile designed by Charles Greuter with hood removed
24 horsepower vehicle., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Matheson Automobile Company photographs (Accession 1989.327), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
First Matheson automobile designed by Charles Greuter
24 horsepower vehicle., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Matheson Automobile Company photographs (Accession 1989.327), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Matheson 'America's Finest Motor Car' advertisement
Advertisement for the 24 horsepower vertical four-cylinder engine car., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Matheson Automobile Company photographs (Accession 1989.327), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
1904 Matheson 24 horsepower automobile front view
Price: $5000.00, [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Matheson Automobile Company photographs (Accession 1989.327), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Tom Cooper in 45 horsepower Matheson Vanderbilt Racing Car
Vehicle built for Vanderbilt Race., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Matheson Automobile Company photographs (Accession 1989.327), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Tom Cooper in 45 horsepower Matheson Vanderbilt Racing Car
Vehicle built for Vanderbilt Race., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Matheson Automobile Company photographs (Accession 1989.327), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Testing new radiator design
[Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Matheson Automobile Company photographs (Accession 1989.327), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
1906 model 45 horsepower Matheson automobile suspended
[Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Matheson Automobile Company photographs (Accession 1989.327), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Group in 45 horsepower Matheson at Harveys Lake
on front of image: 'Matheson Car 1905 Harvey's? Lake Pa. Anderson, MacKay, Romair?, Buddy, Hugh W.' note with image: 'This is probably a 1905 Holyoke built 45 HP Matheson.' Written on verso: '45 HP Matheson, Holyoke-built, 1905. Harvey's Lake, Pa', [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Matheson Automobile Company photographs (Accession 1989.327), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Side view of 45 horsepower Matheson automobile at Harveys Lake
[Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Matheson Automobile Company photographs (Accession 1989.327), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Charles W. Matheson with Matheson 45 horsepower vehicle at New York show
on front of image: '1906 car in ?? show' on back of image: 'N.Y. Show, 1906 January. C.W. Matheson with hand on car. Matheson 45 HP', [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Matheson Automobile Company photographs (Accession 1989.327), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Matheson automobiles advertisement
Written on verso: '60 HP Matheson. $7500. early 1906', [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Matheson Automobile Company photographs (Accession 1989.327), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
The 1906 Panhard from which Matheson body style was copied
[Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Matheson Automobile Company photographs (Accession 1989.327), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807

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