EDGAR L. APPERSON. Signature: "Edgar L Apperson", 4½x3.
Dated by Apperson at upper margin: "Dec 31 - 1931." In 1894,
Kokomo, Indiana mechanic Edgar L. Apperson and his brother, Elmer, were
approached by Elwood Haynes (1857-1925) to build a "horseless carriage"
from Haynes' diagrams. They were paid 40 cents an hour to build one of America's
pioneer automobiles, which was successfully tested on July 4, 1894. The three
men then formed the Haynes-Apperson Automobile Company, but Edgar and Elmer
split from the partnership circa 1901-1902 to form their own company,
Apperson Brothers Automobile Company. In 1910, they began testing their
"Apperson Jack Rabbit" for the first Indianapolis 500, and the brothers
continued manufacturing cars into the 1920s. Lightly creased, diagonal crease at
the "g" of Edgar. Irregular upper edge. Black photo corners at all four corners
(light show through at blank areas). Fine condition.
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