Several days ago I posted my analysis process for the picture of my grandfather in front of the Ash Creek Inn in Fairfield, CT. I left one part open, though, and that was the model and year of the car. Car pictures seem to be spread all over the Internet and I did not have a good way to hunt through them. In the comments to my post, though, Wendy suggested that I post the picture on the AACA forums page in the What Is It? subforum.
That was a great idea so this morning I submitted my query. Within minutes I had an answer in my mailbox from trimacar, saying “looks like a 1913-14 Hupmobile……….”. That gave me something to work with and I then went back to Googling. I first found a page with a picture of a 1913 Hupmobile. That looked just like it except the headlights were boxy. I then found the Hupmobile Club page and looked at the pictures of the 1912-1914 Model 32. The 1914 was it! It had the rounded cone-shaped headlights like the car my grandfather was sitting in and everything else matched perfectly.
There is just one downside to the story. Based on the time the Casper Schick was the proprietor of the Ash Creek Inn, 1913-1916, I was hoping that knowing the year of the car would help narrow down the timeframe, but unfortunately the car came out right at the start of the time period. Oh well. At least it supports the time window that we found.
The final mystery is whose car this is. My grandfather would have been in grad school or early in his career around this time and it seems unlikely that he would have had enough money for a new car. So did he ride out to Fairfield from New York City with a friend?