Old 01-04-20, 08:17 AM
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Wildwood
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The main problem with a sociable in 1896 is NO brakes.
Wouldn't have worked in Seattle or San Francisco.
They didn't even have rubber soled shoes back then.

Certainly not a household wall-hanger.
There's a reason for museums...
And justifications for less than a 100% accurate reconstruction (depending on the price paid to 2 restoration 'experts').

Major kudos to the people who preserved it so nicely.

If it was made in New York, the target market was likely New York City dwellers who wanted 'space' (and their feet and dresses off the ground) while competing with horses and unwashed humans on the streets. Or like-minded people in other New England cities & towns.
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