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Advance sheet of the 1907 Great Smith car

Advance sheet of the 1907 Great Smith car
Creator: Smith Automobile Company
Date: 1907
A small catalog giving the specifications of the Great Smith car. The Smith Automobile Company built cars in Topeka, Kansas, from 1902-1911.


All the way from Topeka, Kansas, U.S.A. The Smith Automobile Company

All the way from Topeka, Kansas, U.S.A. The Smith Automobile Company
Creator: Smith Automobile Company
Date: 1905
The March 1905 brochure of the Smith Automobile Company. The Smith Automobile Company built cars in Topeka, Kansas, from 1902-1911.


Catalogue-treatise upon the automobile. In two volumes. Volume two. The Smith Automobile Company, Topeka, Kansas

Catalogue-treatise upon the automobile. In two volumes. Volume two. The Smith Automobile Company, Topeka, Kansas
Creator: Smith Automobile Company
Date: 1906
A catalog and treatise on the automobile by the president of the Smith Automobile Company. The Smith Automobile Company built cars in Topeka, Kansas, from 1902-1911.


Catalogue-treatise upon the automobile. Smith Automobile Company, Topeka, Kansas

Catalogue-treatise upon the automobile. Smith Automobile Company, Topeka, Kansas
Creator: Smith Automobile Company
Date: 1906
A product catalog and treatise on the automobile by the president of the Smith Automobile Company in Topeka, Kansas. Published in two volumes, this is volume one.


Employees, Smith Automobiles, Topeka, Kansas

Employees, Smith Automobiles, Topeka, Kansas
Date: Between 1902 and 1911
A photograph showing two employees sitting at a desk smoking cigars at the Smith Auto Factory, Topeka, Kansas.


Employees of Smith Automobiles, Topeka, Kansas

Employees of Smith Automobiles, Topeka, Kansas
Date: Between 1903 and 1911
A photograph showing a group of employees at the Smith Automobile Factory, Topeka, Kansas. The woman second from the right is Ruby McNeeley and the woman on the far right is Winnie Williams.


Employees of Smith automobiles, Topeka, Kansas

Employees of Smith automobiles, Topeka, Kansas
Date: Between 1903 and 1911
A photograph showing three female employees at the Smith automobile factory, Topeka, Kansas. These employees were timekeepers.


Employees of the Smith Automobile Company, Topeka, Kansas

Employees of the Smith Automobile Company, Topeka, Kansas
Date: Between 1903 and 1911
A photograph showing a group of employees at the Smith Automobile Factory in Topeka, Kansas. The woman second from right is Ruby McNeeley and the woman on the far right is Winnie Williams.


Illustrated price list of parts of the Great Smith car. Smith Automobile Company, Topeka, Kansas

Illustrated price list of parts of the Great Smith car. Smith Automobile Company, Topeka, Kansas
Creator: Smith Automobile Company
Date: 1907
This booklet is a price list of parts of the Great Smith car built by the Smith Automobile company, Topeka, Kansas.


Instruction book. Great Smith cars

Instruction book. Great Smith cars
Creator: Smith Automobile Company
Date: 1909
This is an instruction book for Great Smith cars produced by the Smith Automobile Company, Topeka, Kansas. The booklet describes in detail the features of the car and the suggested maintenance procedures.


Pike's Peak or bust - but we didn't bust, we climbed it in a Great Smith car

Pike's Peak or bust - but we didn't bust, we climbed it in a Great Smith car
Creator: Motor Field
Date: 1909
This issue of Motor Field magazine describes an expedition of a party of motorists to the summit of Pike's Peak in Colorado. The party used a Great Smith touring car made by the Smith Automobile Company, Topeka, Kansas.


Smith Auto Company catalogue of automobile accessories, supplies and parts

Smith Auto Company catalogue of automobile accessories, supplies and parts
Creator: Smith Automobile Company
Date: 1906
This catalog of the Smith Automobile Company in Topeka, Kansas, lists automotive parts and supplies with illustrations, descriptions, and prices. The company claimed to have the most complete line of automotive goods in the Middle West.


Smith Auto Factory

Smith Auto Factory
Date: Possibly between 1910 and 1930
Interior view of the Smith Auto Factory, located in Topeka, Kansas. Shown are factory workers and various automobile parts.


Smith Automobile Company factory, Topeka, Kansas

Smith Automobile Company factory, Topeka, Kansas
Date: Between 1903 and 1911
A drawing depicting the Smith Automobile Company factory located at 618 Quincy Street, Topeka, Kansas. This factory was one of four that built automobiles in Kansas during that time. Smith Automobiles closed in 1911 due to financial problems.


Smith Automobile Company pass

Smith Automobile Company pass
Creator: Smith Automobile Company
Date: 1909
This pass, issued by the Smith Automobile Company of Topeka, Kansas, provides one H. F. Harbough with a complimentary tour of the factory through the end of 1909. The pass is signed by the president of the company, Dr. L. Anton Smith. The Smith Automobile Company built cars in Topeka, Kansas, from 1902-1911.


Smith Automobile factory, Topeka, Kansas

Smith Automobile factory, Topeka, Kansas
Date: Between 1902 and 1911
A photograph showing employees in the Smith Automobile Factory, Topeka, Kansas. Smith was one of four Kansas companies building automobiles during this time period.


Smith Automobile factory, Topeka, Kansas

Smith Automobile factory, Topeka, Kansas
Date: Between 1902 and 1911
A photograph showing the inside of the Smith automobile factory, Topeka, Kansas. This factory was located at 618 Quincy Street. It was one of four Kansas companies building cars during this time.


Smith Automobiles, Topeka, Kansas

Smith Automobiles, Topeka, Kansas
Date: Between 1902 and 1911
A photograph of the building where the Great Smith automobile was first built. The Great Smith was manufactured by Smith Automobiles. In the early twentieth century, Smith was one of four Kansas companies building automobiles in Kansas.


Smith Automobiles, Topeka, Kansas

Smith Automobiles, Topeka, Kansas
Date: Between 1902 and 1913
This photograph shows three men working in the Smith Automobile Factory. Since automobiles were a limited commodity during this time, all of the parts had to be made on site for the Smith cars.


Smith automobile factory, Topeka, Kansas

Smith automobile factory, Topeka, Kansas
Date: Between 1902 and 1911
A photograph showing the Smith automobile factory, Topeka, Kansas. Since functional automobiles were a relatively new invention, car parts were not widely available. For this reason, the Smith automobile factory had to make all the parts for their cars on site. It was one of four automobile factories in Kansas during this time period.


Smith automobile factory, Topeka, Kansas

Smith automobile factory, Topeka, Kansas
Date: Between 1902 and 1911
A photograph showing the Smith automobile factory, Topeka, Kansas. Since automobiles were a relatively new invention, car parts were not widely available. For this reason, Smith automobiles had to make all the parts for their cars on site. Smith was one of four Kansas companies building cars during this time period.


Smith automobile factory, Topeka, Kansas

Smith automobile factory, Topeka, Kansas
Date: Between 1902 and 1911
Interior view of the Smith Auto Factory, located in Topeka, Kansas. Shown are the factory workers, and automobiles in various stages of assembly.


Smith automobile factory, Topeka, Kansas

Smith automobile factory, Topeka, Kansas
Date: Between 1902 and 1911
This photograph shows factory workers at the Smith automobile factory in Topeka, Kansas. Smith automobiles was one of four companies building automobiles in Kansas during this time period. Smith's closed in 1911 due to increased competition and financial difficulties.


Smith automobiles, Topeka, Kansas

Smith automobiles, Topeka, Kansas
Date: Between 1902 and 1911
This photograph shows two "Great Smith" cars made by Smith Automobile Company. The business closed in 1911 due to increased competition and financial troubles.


Smith automobiles, Topeka, Kansas

Smith automobiles, Topeka, Kansas
Date: Between 1903 and 1911
A photograph showing employees building automobiles at the Smith Automobile factory, Topeka, Kansas. The actual manufacturing of Smith cars involved making every part on site since automobile parts were not widely available at the time.


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