Motor Coachmen and their Stanley Cars, Poland Spring, 1911Item 35452 info
Three motor coachmen in identical road gear stand with their cars in front of the garage at the Poland Spring Resort in 1911.
The cars are nine-passenger Stanley Mountain Wagons, powered by 30 hp steam engines, the forerunners of modern-day passenger buses.
The Ricker family of Poland Springs owned three of these large vehicles to take guests and their luggage up the long climb from the railroad depot 6 1/2 miles away to the Poland Spring Hotels.
Operating early motor cars over Maine roads for paying customers was a challenging job, and these early chauffeurs shared a special camaraderie.