| October/November 1993

  • Webster &. Stevens of Seattle
    Courtesy of PEMCO Webster & Stevens Collection, Museum of History & Industry, 2700 24th Ave. E., Seattle, WA 98112
    Max Homfeld

  • Webster &. Stevens of Seattle

The late Max Homfeld submitted this photo shortly before his death. The note enclosed read, 'This is a photo that I found very interesting, and I hope you do too. The photo was taken c. 1910 by Webster &. Stevens of Seattle, professional photographers. The launch is the 'Foxy,' and the picture probably was taken in Seattle. The original is in the collection of the Museum of History and Industry Photographic Archives, Seattle.

'There are interesting details worth some study. The two men appear to be the well-dressed owner and his mechanic. The engine is a two-cylinder, two-cycle with copper water jackets. Does anyone recognize the make? Note the melon-shaped muffler, messy wiring, combined coils and spark plugs, belt-driven battery-charging generator, and switches for ignition and running lights. The vertical wood lever could be the steering tiller or a lever for a reversible-pitch propeller.'