The ABC Automobile company existed for five years, between 1906 and 1910. The brainchild of Amedee B. Cole, ABC was located in Saint Louis, Missouri and billed itself as "the cheapest high-grade car in America." Specializing in high-wheeled cars, which complemented the difficult conditions of rural American roads prevalent at the turn of the 20th century, the novelty of these automobiles wore off fairly quickly.
As any visitor to the American Treasure Tour knows, our vast and varied collection includes mechanical music machines, store animations, antique cars, and a collection of other items too expansive to compile here. One of the newest pieces available to view in the Toy Box is our very own ABC Auto Buggy, which has been meticulously restored in-house.
Dozens of automobile manufacturers have come and gone in the United States, but one company is given credit for making them affordable for the American of average income. Which company was that?
Today in History:
On this day in 1777, the Revolutionary War was brought to Germantown, Pennsylvania. Things did not go very well for the Patriot cause, when George Washington's army proved unable to expunge the British forces from Cliveden, the mansion of the Chew family located on Germantown Avenue (a beautifully maintained historic home museum today). To complicate matters further, a fog settled down over the streets of the town creating havoc within Washington's forces. Things did not go well, and Washington was forced to retreat.
October 4th, 1929 is considered the day that Mount Rushmore was officially begun. The idea to create a monument dedicated to national American figures began six years before chisel touched stone. It took a Congressional delegation and the influence of President Calvin Coolidge for the ambitious project to get underway. Created by Danish-American sculptor Gutzon Borglum, it took fourteen years for the four presidential faces to be completed. Unfortunately, Borglum died eight months prior to its completion in 1941.
October 4th, 1822 was a very important day in the United States for the basic fact that it was the day Rutherford B. Hayes was born. Only fifty-five years and a few weeks later, he would become the 19th President of the United States in what is considered one of the more controversial of American elections. When no candidates received the majority of votes necessary to win the election of 1876, backroom juggling took over and it was determined that, although New York's Samuel Tilden won the popular vote, Hayes proved the final victor because of what has been called the Compromise of 1877, in which the Reconstruction from the Civil War would be considered over (leaving hundreds of thousands of former African American slaves disenfranchised in the South) and Hayes guaranteed he would not seek a second term.
Born in 1947, Susan Sarandon turns 67 today. An outspoken activist for many liberal causes, Sarandon is also an accomplished film and television actress. She starred in soap operas early in her career before performing in controversial films including Rocky Horror Picture Show and The Hunger, she has been nominated for four Academy Awards, winning in 1995 for the film Dead Man Walking.
I'm tired of being labelled anti-American because I ask questions. -- Susan Sarandon