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When dogs were scared away with "car bombs"

In 1910 "car bombs" could be ordered from the catalog-auto

Bang! “Auto bombs” were advertised in the historical Stukenbrok catalog. The firecrackers that were thrown from the car were intended to drive dogs off the street, for examplebe practiced

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Speedometer as an extra: around 1900, driving was in its infancy. From today’s perspective, you could upgrade your car with the obvious and bizarre. An old parts catalog tells about it.

E.A rush hour in today’s sense was not yet known around 1910. Nevertheless, it could get crowded on the streets at times.

The "right of way" had to be agreed spontaneously among horse-drawn carts, handcarts, pedestrians and early drivers. There were hardly any rules of conduct for road traffic, and no traffic lights at all.

The pioneers behind the wheel of motorized vehicles were able to create space for themselves by properly pressing the horn, or even better: unleashing a whole fanfare – for example with the electrical "signaling device ‘Taifun" ".

With the radiance of the candle

With this device, the driver only pressed a button like an electric bell "to sound a pure trumpet signal of any length". With “Taifun” on board, it wasn’t even necessary to let go of the steering wheel with one hand – “which can be a disadvantage in heavy traffic,” praised August Stukenbrok.

In 1910 "car bombs" could be ordered from the catalog-oldtimer

Horn concert: At that time you still had an influence on which "signaling device" was used, as the abundance of products in the historical catalog shows

Source: Stukenbrok

The man from Einbeck in Lower Saxony was one of the largest mail order companies in the German Empire during the imperial era, especially for automotive parts. The "Signal Apparatus’ Taifun" "comes from his popular department store catalog, which is now, more than 100 years later, available again as a reprint.

Whether jacks, tires, on-board tools, spark plugs and automobile fanfare – most of the parts in the compendium are hopelessly out of date and no longer comply with the road traffic regulations. But the work gives an exciting insight into how cars were driven in Kaiser Wilhelm’s time.

At that time, many motorists switched on their motor vehicle lanterns "with candlelight equipment" when it got dark. More progressive were gas lanterns with "Prima Kalzium Karbid", which Stukenbrok kept in small doses, but also in tin drums of 50 and 100 kilograms.

In 1910 "car bombs" could be ordered from the catalog-oldtimer

Laundry bag, hose bag and grenades: drivers could order all sorts of extras. In principle like today, although the offer has changed

Source: Stukenbrok

And if the signal horns and fanfares weren’t enough, there was very special material: With loud popping bombs, the driver could keep moving cattle at his body.

The "car bombs in the form of grenades especially for motorists" are the most effective means "to scare away dogs etc. jumping in front of the car". 100 pieces in a wooden box were available for 2.70 marks.

The Stukenbrok department store catalogs were brought to the general public in huge numbers – long before Quelle, Neckermann and Co. Today, original Stukenbrok are sought-after collector’s items. The reprint that has now been published is based on a copy owned by the Dresden Transport Museum.

Original catalogs are sought-after collector’s items

Even today, 130 years after its appearance, the car still fascinates people, writes the automobile historian Halswart Schrader in the foreword to the newly published Stukenbroks. "But how much stronger was this fascination at a time […] when the motor vehicle was still viewed as a technical marvel, in its complex mode of operation hardly comprehensible to many people […]."

In 1910 "car bombs" could be ordered from the catalog-parts catalog

The Stukenbrok car catalog also carried entire cars

Source: Stukenbrok

100 years ago, cars only had a handful or two of horsepower. At that time August Stukenbrok also offered complete cars and motorcycles in his catalogs – for example the “Germany” motorcycle model 1911 with a two-cylinder engine and magneto-electric spark ignition for 735 marks.

Or the “powerful city and touring car” with four-cylinder for 10,500 marks: “A quality car of the very first order” with ten “tax horsepower” (a unit used at the time that was relevant for tax purposes and which often did not match the actual, difficult-to-measure engine output had to do) and a top speed of 75 kilometers per hour.

A purpose-built device

75 km / h, that was pure madness in the era of carriages. The latest craze were therefore speedometers, with which the motorist could actually calculate his own speed exactly – for example with the "car speedometer".

In 1910 "car bombs" could be ordered from the catalog-Stukenbrok

Speed ​​measurement yesterday: The Stukenbrok car catalog, for example, offered the "Auto-Tempometer" for sale

Source: Stukenbrok

"This device is extraordinarily ingenious and designed completely appropriately," advertised parts dealer Stukenbrok. "A pointer indicates the current speed on a scale, which enables the occupants of the automobile as well as the driver himself to determine the current speed precisely at any time."

Stone-throwing village boys, police officers whistling trills with sabers and pickaxes, and coachmen wielding whips who were run over by their horses at the sight of an automobile: in nostalgic retrospect, we are amused at what turned every car journey into an adventure a hundred years ago, says automobile historian Schrader.

In 1910 "car bombs" could be ordered from the catalog-signal apparatus

Appearance of a gold leaf refined Bible: today originals from the Stukenbrok catalog are sought-after collector’s items

Source: Stukenbrok

Reading the old catalog should bring a similar experience – but please without "failing to recognize the seriousness with which Mr. Stukenbrok tried to bring what was offered to the man (less often to the woman)".

Stukenbrok: Automobiles, Motorcycles, Automobile Materials [around 1910]. Reprint Hildesheim 2014, Olms Presse, 110 pages, 19.80 euros, ISBN: 978-3487085371

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