In a previous post entitled “The Autograph” I discovered a nice baseball related sculpture. After capturing some images I headed back to my vehicle and discovered this old fashioned wall mural just across the street. These were pretty standard during the early 20th century, as many companies branded the building that they operated from. You don’t see these as often these days and when you do, you can bet it’s on a very old building.
When you think of early automobile history, the Ford Motor Company often comes to mind. But Ford was certainly not alone. In 1903 an industrialist named A. P. Broomell started a company and produced it’s first auto, the Pullman. The York Motor Car Company was born in York, Pennsylvania and operated in the building above.
The Pullman was designed to reflect the luxury of the railroad cars of the same name and were aimed at an audience of the rich and well to do. Apparently this was a flawed strategy as the company had a few strong years but went bankrupt in 1917.
As fate would have it, while looking at motorcycles, another love of mine, I came upon a vintage Pullman within Laugerman’s Motorcycles showroom, also in York. I could hardly believe this strange twist of fate. The vehicle is part of Laugerman’s “Memories” exhibit, and while not a car in the traditional sense, this panel style truck will certainly do.
The vehicle is surrounded by a wooden frame to keep the patrons at bay no doubt.
Here is a side view of this true classic.
In this final image you get a sense of how this Pullman is displayed.
From a processing standpoint the first image was the most difficult, as I had to remove the many power lines that stretched across the image, right in front of the mural (of all places). The challenge was keeping the lettering and mortar joints of the bricks in some semblance of order.
The others were typical HDRs run through HDR Efex Pro, shipped over to CS5 and a slight curves adjustment added. The last image is a non HDR, straight off the camera.
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Camera: Nikon D5000
Lens: Nikkor 18-200mm