Early Indianapolis Auto Industry

This is a short article from May 1909 touting the success of Indianapolis manufactured automobiles at spring events, most notably the Jamaica Speed Trials ran on Long Island, New York and the Fort George Hill Climb. Among the winners were National, Premier and Marmon. This article is a direct tie-in with an advertisement Carl Fisher and Art Newby ran in the local newspapers to drive sales for National.

This is a good article published in the January 31, 1907 Indianapolis Star. It is a nice piece to reflect on as it explains a formative stage of street traffic regulation and the need for it. My favorite part is at the end when they talk Indianapolis car production. Some key points -

This is a brief article published in the July 14, 1907 Indianapolis Star about the booming auto industry in Indianapolis at the time. Several managers of automobile dealerships are quoted although interestingly the Fisher Automobile Company was not among them. I include it here however as these men and their companies were competitors to Fisher's establishment.

This Oldsmobile advertisement purchased by the Indiana Automobile Company, an Indianapolis car dealership and garage, appeared in the October 14, 1906 edition of the Indianapolis Star.

This is a set of articles providing good notes about the state of the Indianapolis market for automobiles in January 1907. All these articles were published during that month in the Indianapolis Star.

This is a collection of articles published about the Chicago Auto Show in the Indianapolis Star from February 3 to February 13, 1907. At this time in history the Chicago show rivaled the great New York Auto Show. Due to its relatively close proximity the show became especially attractive to Indianapolis-area manufacturers and dealerships, such as the Fisher Automobile Company.

Indianapolis trumpted its own automobile show in the early days of the 20th Century. The city's venues were not big enough to compete with New York and Chicago and, of course, the media presence in New York was unrivaled. Indianapolis tried to innovate and create more of a campus-like environment with the industry's dealers such as Carl Fisher Automobile Company and others hosting displays at their facilities.

The attached document provides several pages of advertisements featuring Indianapolis automobile dealerships in editions of the Indianapolis Star during 1907.

This is a tiny item but I think it is important. It is an example of a weekly Sunday morning news digest printed in the Indianapolis Star that summarized developments in the local automotive market for the week.

Apparently there were two major auto shows held in Chicago during 1907 - one in February, the other in December. Attached are four articles from the Indianapolis Star and two from the Indianapolis News referring to the December event.