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King of the mountains.

A 1914 Stanley Steamer, manufactured at Newton in Massachusetts. The Stanley brothers started out in the photography business, inventing a dry plate method that they sold to Eastman Kodak. In 1906 the Stanley Rocket set the world speed record of 127.7 mph at Daytona Beach. Unofficial reports of even higher speeds being achieved in special versions of these steam cars. Taken in 2006 at Prestwood Steam Fair.

comments (17)

wow, John! what an incredible piece of equipment smile beautifully captured!
John Prior: Many thanks for comment, it is a great car.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 9 Jul 2010, 07:08
Amazing John - what a fine piece of machinery!
John Prior: Thanks Chris, yes indeed.
  • grapf
  • Germany
  • 9 Jul 2010, 08:15
a gorgeous black and white: phantastic light and contrasts.
And such a beautiful engine! When I was a little boy, I had toys like this to play with... smile
John Prior: Thank you, me also and I still could smile
  • vintage
  • Brisbane Australia
  • 9 Jul 2010, 11:18
I have heard of the stanley but the first time I have seen one thanks
John Prior: Thanks Vintage, yes Stanley Steamers are rather a legend.
An excellent shot of a fine old vehicle John.
John Prior: Thank you Brian, yes it's a great machine
Very nice. Nice tones, sharpness, composition, wonderful sky - great shot.
John Prior: Thank you very much.
  • don
  • United States
  • 9 Jul 2010, 15:59
A wonderful shot of this old steamer. It's in such great shape too. Excellent black and white photography.
John Prior: Thanks Don, yes a great car and famous name.
What a beautiful car--makes you wonder why gasoline won out...
John Prior: Many thanks for comment
Fantastic, it looks very well made - and preserved. The sepia tone adds to its vintage years.
John Prior: Thank you Michael
I've never seen as old car look as good conditions, lucky!
John Prior: Thank you for comment
fantatsic...love love love it.....
John Prior: Many thanks Toni
  • zed
  • Australia
  • 9 Jul 2010, 22:11
Great car and fantastic presentation John
John Prior: Cheers Zed
  • Otto K.
  • United States
  • 9 Jul 2010, 23:03
wonderful capture. nice choice of B&W.
John Prior: Thank you Otto
  • sherri
  • Little Rock, Arkansas, United States of America
  • 10 Jul 2010, 00:43
I can just imagine what a thrill these must have been to the first owners. Beautiful in sepia.
John Prior: Thanks Sherri, yes, I bet the present owner is rather chuffed alsosmile
Excellent bw, bravo!
John Prior: Many thanks Roland
  • bk
  • 12 Jul 2010, 21:14
Ah, another engine shot =). Really, this is so interesting, because I really want to see what you saw, what made you take this picture. Sometimes I don't succeed, but today, today I think I figured it out. And shhhh, I won't tell; just know that I could look at this for HOURS.

I have to create a challenge, and the topic is because, I thus put your photograph in bond “URL”, and hopes that you are not against, the challenge is free and to bring you little visitors.

Good day.

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