|George Schuster's Thomas
Flyer in Valdez
We are offering one of the greatest Alaska postcards ever discovered. An original artifact from the famed "New York to Paris Auto Race", this postcard of George Schuster's Thomas Flyer, the very automobile that won the greatest automobile race in history, was mailed from Valdez Alaska on April 27, 1908, when the car was in Valdez.
The sender states:
"Valdez Alaska 4/27/08. This is the Thomas Car (American) in the New York to Paris Auto Race. It reached here April 8. but on according of the deep snow had to be reshipped to Seattle - do you recognize me? I saw the death notice of Mr. Alford in the Oregonian - write and tell me all about it - am very sorry. Sincerely M. De L - Eames."
The postcard was addressed to "Mr. Fred Winter, Registry Office, Portland, Oregon".
On March 26, 1908, George Schuster and his Thomas Flyer boarded a ship in Seattle bound for Alaska.
According to automuseum.org "There has not been another attempt at a round-the-world auto race since 1908, and as the current world record holder, this is arguably the most historic American automobile in existence."
An excellent web site on the race is at
Dermot Cole's 1991 book "Hard Driving"
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