• Sold for: Start Free Trial or Sign In to see what it's worth.
  • Item Category: Books, Paper & Magazines
  • Source: eBay
  • Sold Date: Nov 09, 2008
  • Channel: Auction House

Up for auction is this great vintage possibly antique undivided back white border postcard of the Haynes Automobile Co. plant or facilities in Kokomo, Indiana. This card is a little hard to date because it has an undivided back indicating it was produced in 1907 or earlier but it also is a white border card which were mainly produced between 1915 and 1930. If the card is a true undivided back then it depicts the plant before it burned in 1911. If it is a white border card then it depicts the plant after it was rebuilt. I tend to think the card is a true undivided back that just happens to have a white border. T is no publisher listed but it looks similar to cards produced by the Detroit Publishing Co. The card is just a little smaller than a standard size postcard measuring approximately 3 3/8" by 5 3/8". I believe this to be a hard to find if not rare card.

The card shows several large buildings with the one in front appearing to be four stories tall. In the center is a smokestack that has Haynes printed on it vertically. T is smoke rising which indicates the plant was in operation. On the right is a train engine and some boxcars on the way to the facility. T are also a few white frame houses in the right corner

The post card is in very good to excellent condition. The corners are just a little worn and t is a small crease in the upper right one. Other than some very minor smudges and a couple of light maybe pencil marks on the back I see no other problems. The card has not been mailed or written on. I received this card in a lot of cards that contained cards from the early 1900's up through the late 1930's. Please see all the photos below to get a better idea of the condition of the card.

Elwood Haynes introduced his first automobile known as the Haynes Pioneer to Kokomo, Indiana on July 4th, 1894. This first car had no crank and was push started. In 1910 he donated this car to the Smithsonian Institute touting it as the first automobile which it actually wasn't. Along with Elmer and Edgar Apperson, he founded the Haynes Apperson Automobile Co. in 1896, which was later incorporated in 1898. In the early 1900's the Appersons left to establish their own automobile manufacturing company which was named Apperson Brothers Automobile Co. The original facility became Haynes Automobile Co. This facility burned in 1911 but was soon rebuilt on the same site even though others cities had tried to get Haynes to move. The facility continued to produce cars into the 1920's. The company fell upon hard times and filed bankruptcy in 1923 and went out of business in 1924. Chrysler purchased one of the facilities but never put it to any use. T is now an effort underway to restore the remaining plant and possibly convert it into a museum.

If you collect postcards of Kokomo, Indiana or the Howard County area or old Haynes automobile memorabilia this may be one for your collection. Please check my other auctions for more antique and vintage items I'll hopefully be listing throughout the week. These will include more postcards, vintage sterling and cameo jewelry, miniature animal figurines and a lot of other neat things. Should you have any questions please contact me and I'll do my very best to answer them. Shipping is always combined for multiple wins.

This can be shipped for $1.60 USPS First Class including delivery confirmation. It will be shipped in a postcard sleeve between two pieces of cardboard wrapped in bubble wrap. All my items are guaranteed to be as described or the purchase price plus return shipping will be refunded. Payment should be received within 10 days. A money order or personal check will be fine.

THANKS FOR LOOKING AND GOOD LUCK BIDDING!! TERMS OF SALE & RETURN POLICY All items are guaranteed to be as described. I do my very best to provide as much inf...
... read more