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    1908-10 Brush Automotive Detroit Tigers Post Cards Complete Set (10). What would America be without the automobile? The names Ford and Chevy are household staples that we all recognize. One name that was a pioneer in the development of the auto was the Brush Motor Company of Detroit, Michigan. Founded by Alanson Partridge Brush, the "Brush Runabout" was an environmentalist dream before the term was coined. The small, one to four cylinder cars were built with some very innovative designs. A Brush car ran on a single-cylinder water-cooled engine, a wooden chassis, a friction drive transmission, tension coil springs, gas-powered front and rear lamps, the frame, axles, and wheels were made of wood (oak, hickory or maple) that were either painted or left natural. The crank was designed for a counter-clockwise motion designed to make it safer for a right-handed person, remember these were the days when you had to crank-start your car by hand. The Brush Runabout Company merged with others to form the United States Motor Company in 1910. Three year later, the USMC closed delegating the Brush Runabout to a thing of the past due to public disinterest and the growing popularity of the Model T.

    Brush Motors did give the hobby a set of promotional post cards lost to history as much as the firm itself. The approx. 3-1/2" x 5-1/2" post cards depict the beloved Tigers in well-to-do street clothes driving, posing in or around a clearly identified "Brush" automobile. Accompanying the Black & White portraits are two-line poems describing each player's contribution to the team. The set ranks among the rarest 20th Century post cards with no mention of their existence in the American Card Catalog. To the best of our research, this is only the second "complete" set of all ten subjects known. Each shows a total population of two or three according to the SGC census. Each is crisp and clean and none have been used as mail correspondence, the lack of writing and postal cancellation stamps a bonus. The set includes: SGC 60 EX 5: 3 cards, George Mullin, Schaefer/O'Leary and Ira Thomas; SGC 55 VG/EX+ 4.5: 1 card, Hughie Jennings/Hands On Steering Wheel; SGC 50 VG/EX 4: 2 cards, Hughie Jennings/Hands In Air and Marty McIntyre; SGC 45 VG+ 3.5: 2 cards, Bill Coughlin and Charlie Schmidt; SGC 40 VG 3: 2 cards, Ty Cobb and Bill Donovan.

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