Media Carriage Mfg. Co. - Media Carriage Works - 1895-1920s - Media, Pennsylvania


   

At 216 E. State Street the Media Carriage Works began building The Media Automobile, an electric vehicle.

Founded in 1895, the Media Carriage Works occupied a four story building at State and Radnor Streets which is currently an office building and parking garage. Initially employing 10 men, by 1900 they had prospered and grown to 30 workers employing modern machinery powered by an Otto gas engine.
On the first floor were a blacksmith and machine shop, offices and showroom on the second, trimming and painting on the third, and finishing on the fourth. Light carriages of all descriptions were manufactured including the ice wagon pictured above. Recognizing the trend toward the horseless wagon, the carriage works produced the Media Automobile in 1900 shown above.

Company officers were W. W. Johnson, Pres.; H.J. Hipple, Secy.; and E. L. Cunningham, V.P. and Supt. If more information is known about this enterprise, DCHS would welcome knowing about it.

Known automobile body builders in 1912 according to Suman-Hremblay.

 

   

For more information please read:

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Brooks T. Brierley - Magic Motors 1930

Nick Georgano - The Beaulieu Encyclopedia of the Automobile: Coachbuilding

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F. Donald Butler - Plymouth-Desoto Story

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Walter M.P. McCall - 80 Years of Cadillac LaSalle

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George H. Dammann & James A. Wren - Packard

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George H. Dammann - 75 Years of Chevrolet

John Gunnell - Seventy-Five Years of Pontiac-Oakland

 



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