This is an old newspaper clipping that was in one of Mama’s albums. In 1951 there was a terrible flood in Armordale, a section of Kansas City, and the caption below the picture tells about this (antique, even then) car that was ruined in the flood and its history. I’m guessing Mama kept the article because Daddy had worked for Columbian Steel Tank, and the car belonged to that company’s founder. But, my favorite part of the story is the last part about the owner’s son getting a ticket.
In case you can’t read it, here’s what that part says:
“The car belonged to Andrew Kramer, founder of the company. In 1918 his son, Joseph Kramer, was arrested for speeding with it. When young Kramer asked for leniency because it was the first arrest, Judge West … observed that it was a first arrest only because the police had previously been unable to catch him. The car had a top speed of between sixty and seventy miles an hour.”
I’m guessing going 60 or 70 miles an hour in that car back in 1918 would truly have felt like a wild ride!
Lesson learned: There were always young drivers who got their kicks from driving too fast, no matter how slow “fast” was!