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Harry Dickinson goes for a ride

Updated: Jan 26, 2019

This is probably my favorite picture of my 2nd great-grandfather, Harry Dickinson. The driver is unknown, but the passenger in the dark "bowler hat" or "derby", is Harry Dickinson. The car may just be a prop - or perhaps it is cousin Fred who Harry's daughter, Emma, spoke of frequently saying he gave them rides in his "machine" in her 1919 diary.

I'm not sure if the photo has been flipped, which I have seen done with some of the scanned family photos. The photo I received showed the steering wheel on the left side side of the photo, as shown in the image at right. It is possible the photo was taken in England, where the steering column is on the opposite side, but being that Harry is slightly older in this photo, I believe it was taken in America - unless it was taken during one of his trips back home to England.

I flipped the picture because I believe it was taken in Newark, New Jersey or possibly Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Anyone with any clues or information, please comment below or contact me!

Harry Dickinson (on left)

Harry was a son of John Dickinson and Elizabeth Reynolds. He was born on the 6th of June, 1863, in Sheffield, Yorkshire, England. At the age of 7, he was counted on the census in Nether Hallam, Sheffield. Harry was sent to work 14 hours a day in a brick yard at a very early age. His father later taught him to be a steel hammersmith, at which he became an expert. With his parents he came to America in 1880 and was counted on the census in June of that year, living in Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania. He was naturalized on the 20th of April, 1889, in Pittsburgh. On the 17th of November, 1889, he married Anna Robinson in Camden, New Jersey.

For more on this family, see the Dickinson page.

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