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