Wednesday, August 10, 2011

the 1899 horsey horseless

I ran across this yesterday while listening to my favorite podcast, Hometown Tales, and loved it. Talk about the original hood ornament! This is the 1899 Horsey Horseless, a car designed to calm the mostly horsey world around it. The designer felt cars were too different than the usual fare and could scare the horses pulling buggies around them in crowded cities. This was their answer: a tricked-out autocar with a fake horse head on it. I could only find illustrations, but would LOVE to see an original.

Anyone who thinks history is boring needs a slap.

14 Comments:

Blogger farmgirljen said...

Did it neigh when you honked the horn, I wonder.

August 10, 2011 at 6:55 AM  
Blogger Jenna said...

They held the fuel in the horse head!

August 10, 2011 at 7:00 AM  
Blogger Maria said...

I never saw that before....There must be one in a museum somewhere?

August 10, 2011 at 7:37 AM  
Blogger CJ said...

I used to have one, but I had to put the horse down.

August 10, 2011 at 7:49 AM  
Blogger Harpy 101 said...

Thanks for turning us on to Hometown Tales! I cannot get ENOUGH of those guys. My absolute favorite and the podcast that I tend to measure other podcasts by.

August 10, 2011 at 8:20 AM  
Blogger Heather Ann said...

My husband was telling me about quotes from some 100+ year old man and one of them went something like this: 'We had more damn runaways those first years of automobiles than ever before'.

And growing up around horses (who can be terrified by something as utterly ridiculous as even a miniature horse!) I could totally see that happening!

August 10, 2011 at 8:56 AM  
Blogger miette said...

I want to recreate this on my Jeep.

August 10, 2011 at 9:40 AM  
Blogger Kathy P. said...

Horse on a Porsche? Sheep on a Jeep?

August 10, 2011 at 2:01 PM  
Blogger Kathy P. said...

Duck on a truck? (Don't mind me, I'm silly today.)

August 10, 2011 at 2:01 PM  
Blogger sheila said...

Creepy, especially if it was a stuffed head.

Hey, maybe those truckers that have the hanging sac of nuts on their back bumper would be in the market for a horse (or maybe another species) head mounted on the front of the vehicle.

August 10, 2011 at 5:18 PM  
Blogger Debi said...

Thanks Jenna! My kids got a big kick out of seeing such a thing, and it made for a nice little history lesson too!

August 10, 2011 at 5:39 PM  
Blogger Jennifer said...

I hate those nuts on the trucks. There is a guy in town with one that is so realistic, I know some day I will have to be explaining that to my kids....

August 10, 2011 at 9:13 PM  
OpenID canttalkdyeing said...

Truck nuts ... I just have to laugh at them. They're so ... small. I realize bigger would be impractical, but have you seen a ram? They can hardly walk for those big ol' boys hanging down!

August 11, 2011 at 1:17 AM  
Blogger Lynda Halliger-Otvos said...

Slap--that’s a thought I can wrap my curly headed brain around.

August 11, 2011 at 3:52 AM  

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