Early Indianapolis Auto Industry

Originally published in the Sunday, March 20, 1910 Indianapolis Star, this article was part of  a special supplemental section about the upcoming March 28 Indianapolis Automobile Show presented by the Indianapolis Automobile Trade Association (IATA).

The attached article originally appeared in the May 8, 1910 Indianapolis Star.
This is a great period piece that helps construct the historical context of the times. As you might expect leaders in the automotive industry debated the value of the new pastime of motorsports. There were several issues. Among them:

The attached articles were originally published during May 1910 in the Indianapolis Star.

These attachments contain two articles published in the Indianapolis Star in May 1910.
Attachment AutoNotes050810 (published May 8, 1910) like the other article, is a digest column of quick notes about various players in the automotive world, particularly in Indianapolis. Here are the highlights:

The two attachments below contain articles from the March 19, 1907 Indianapolis News that describe what was known as "automobile row" in the nascent days of the Hoosier capital's auto industry. The trigger point of the article was a parade designed to promote car sales that was staged the previous day.

The digest article (see attachment below) on news items concerning the Indianapolis-area auto industry was published in the July 13, 1907 Indianapolis News. The content is a series of brief paragraphs with tips or teasers for readers trying to keep up various developments - local and national - in the market. I summarize some I believe to be most interesting or important below.

The article in the attachment below was published in the July 10, 1909 Indianapolis News. It touches on two topics: 1) trends in the auto industry at the time and 2) a recent running of the Plainfield, New Jersey hill climb.
The trends were three cited developments:

The article in the attachment below reports on the establishment of the Indianapolis-based Empire Automobile Company in 1909. It was published in the July 5, 1909 Indianapolis News.

The Selden patent was an example of someone trying to profit from the work of others by leveraging the legal system. George Selden was a patent attorney who applied his expertise not to protect intellectual property, but to steal ownership of it. Copying an engine design he had seen at an exposition, he filed for a patent for the invention in 1895.

The November 16, 1909, article contained in attachment AutoNews111609 looks ahead to 1910 and the model cars manufacturers were making available to the public. It references input and analysis from an unnamed source who represented an Indianapolis manufacturer. The new season's models had been on display at Atlanta's first auto show just days prior.