a picture for today 08/08/2014

Alice Huyler Ramsey is the subject of today’s picture and here she is in all her glory;

my full respect to alice huyler ramsey i could not d such a journey today so for her to do it then impresses me

my full respect to alice huyler ramsey i could not d such a journey today so for her to do it then impresses me

so some background as to why i like this picture, as she is seen here in this picture she has just made history after her glorious achievement of becoming the first woman to drive across the United States,

In 1909, Alice Huyler Ramsey, of Hackensack, New Jersey, became the first woman to drive across the United States. Challenged by a sales manager for Maxwell automobiles, she drove a Maxwell touring car from New York to San Francisco in 59 days. Like Jackson, Ramsey and her three female passengers packed a block and tackle and used it often in the muddy Midwest. Between 1909 and 1975, Ramsey drove across the country more than 30 times

Western roads were still unimproved in 1909 when Alice Huyler Ramsey drove across the country. She extracted the Maxwell from washouts and mud holes with block and tackle, a jack, even fence rails under the wheels. Occasionally horses and cars gave her a tow.

now I love how she took on such a journey and indeed an amazing thing in itself but this picture I love because not only has she achieved her mission but look how she is smiling with genuine pride and a confidence that almost seems to say ‘hey it was easy’

I love the fact that she can pull off nonchalance whilst standing in mud and having been through some quite hairy adventures and definitely a lot of hard work, driving then was nothing like it is now, back then roads would start then in a few miles would peter out to a dirt track or become so bogged down they would have to dig or drag the car out, there was the whole idea of being open to the elements so i reckon it must have been very cold at some points and often bridges were flimsy efforts made to take the odd human on foot not cars so all in all she was tested and succeeded and did it with grace and agility and a quiet confidence that I admire greatly.

so good one Alice you have my full respect



7 responses

  1. Can you imagine driving 30 mph for 59 days? What no top at all and why not?
    Congratulations to a brave, feisty lady: Alice Huyler Ramse.

  2. I think it’s a good photo without the story. With the story it takes on a much greater dimension. I bet there was no RAC to phone in those days. Terrific gritty lady.

    1. a lot of really good photos are as you say good enough without any back story but so many times throughout history people have made such awful assumptions at their first glance of a photo that i feel i have to include as much information i can i think one of the best examples was the young couple who became famous for kissing against the backdrop of violent riots and everyone assumed they were in someway making some kind of comment against the rioting yet the truth of it was both the boy and girl had been ‘rushed’ by police and knocked to the ground the girl being injured and in great pain was merely being comforted as best he cold by her boyfriend who had unfortunately landed on top of her, even to this day there is like a zillion people who do not know the truth of such an iconic photo
      as always good to hear from you and i hope you have a fab day peace and love be with you my friend

  3. My kinda gal! Great story and think perhaps we all share in her legacy of strength and determination. 🙂

    1. yay hiya rhinda my dearest friend how excellent to hear from you ^_^ and yes i can see and her being good friends i she had been now and not then, hope you like some of the others i put up love and hugs to you always my lovely

      1. I am just getting caught up after a month long visit with my family up north…I look forward to catching up my friend. I know your not 100%…please know you are in my heart and thoughts and prayers for better days ahead. love you xoxo

    2. yay hoya rhinda my dearest friend how excellent to hear from you ^_^ and yes i can see and her being good friends i she had been now and not then, hope you like some of the others i put up lovan hugs to you always my lovely

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