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Old 08-01-2019, 07:02 PM
 
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Pretty amazing story, I hadn't heard of this car maker. There is a lot of misinformation out there though. One YouTube video has many errors so I didn't post a link.

If one Google's around they might also find outrageously false claims that there was a thriving black Auto maker decades before Ford existed. Patently false. To clarify,

1896: Ford creates his first self powered motor vehicle

1899: Ford founds Detroit Auto Company (later Cadillac)

1903: Ford Motor Company is founded

1915: Patterson's Company switched from horse carriages to cars and ultimately builds less than 150 units before switching to bus chassis and sadly eventually going out of business in 1939.

https://www.blackpast.org/african-am...any-1893-1939/

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Old 08-08-2019, 11:32 AM
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Fascinating! I wonder if any of their vehicles are still around. Probably not, though.
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Old 08-08-2019, 11:55 AM
 
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There are hundreds and hundreds of early auto manufacturers that came and went relatively quickly.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_o..._United_States
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Old 08-08-2019, 05:04 PM
 
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There are hundreds and hundreds of early auto manufacturers that came and went relatively quickly.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_o..._United_States
Yes, same with motorcycles.

Overall though, these guys were in business a long time and survived the great depression. Sorta.
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Old 08-08-2019, 05:12 PM
 
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https://www.caranddriver.com/feature...can-automaker/

This is an article, with info taken from a book on the company and black manufacturing back in the day.

It says as few as 30 cars mat have been produced and no known examples exist.
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Old 08-09-2019, 10:36 AM
 
Location: San Diego CA
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Itís hard to imagine in the days of segregation and anti black prejudice how African Americans managed to actually create and sustain successful business even in the short term. Struggle and perseverance. Forgotten history that deserves more attention.
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Old Today, 09:13 PM
 
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It was originally 1 white guy and 1 black guy. It's in the links.

Saying that African Americans created the business is not accurate and really does, in my opinion, discredit the man, his family, and his legacy, whatever that may be.
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