Rockville Garage Hudson Motor Car Ads (1919-1920)

The advertisements in this post do more than just simply pitch a product, they capture a moment in history. A moment in history when Lewis Reed’s Rockville Garage represented several franchise nameplates along with Dodge, including Oldsmobile, Hudson, and Essex. The Hudson and Oldsmobile were sold at Reed Brothers from roughly 1917 through 1923.

Hudson introduced the Essex brand in 1919. The Essex was intended to compete with Ford and Chevrolet for budget-minded buyers. The Essex offered one of the first affordable sedans and by 1925 the combined Hudson and Essex sales made Hudson the third largest automobile manufacturer in the United States.

Prior to the advent of television and radio advertising, print media was the most popular form of advertising and most car ads were black and white. The following ads distributed by the Lambert Automobile Company in The Baltimore Sun newspaper advertises the Hudson and Essex automobiles.

In addition to franchise car dealers, there were also factory stores. In the early days, the factory stores did the national advertising. A factory store, also known as a branch store or branch dealer, was a dealership owned and run by the manufacturer. A list of area Dealers was placed in fine print at the bottom of the ads. Rockville Garage, Rockville, Md, is highlighted in yellow on each of these ads.

1920s Hudson & Essex ads

The Baltimore Sun 2 March 1919

By the 1920s, Hudson and Essex Motor Car advertisements featured elegant architectural borders with static drawings of their cars; some ads never pictured people during this period.

1920s Hudson & Essex ads

The Baltimore Sun 30 May 1920

1920s Hudson & Essex ads

The Baltimore Sun 29 Aug 1920

1920s Hudson & Essex ads

The Baltimore Sun 25 Jan 1920

1920s Hudson & Essex ads

The Baltimore Sun 24 Oct 1920

1920s Hudson & Essex ads

The Baltimore Sun 21 Nov 1920

1920s Hudson & Essex ads

The Baltimore Sun 17 Oct 1920

1920s Hudson & Essex ads

The Baltimore Sun 13 Jun 1920

1920s Hudson & Essex ads

The Baltimore Sun 10 Oct 1920

1920s Hudson & Essex ads

The Baltimore Sun 1 Feb 1920

1920s Hudson & Essex ads

The Baltimore Sun 3 Oct 1920

1920s Hudson & Essex ads

The Baltimore Sun 28 Mar 1920

1920s Hudson & Essex ads

The Baltimore Sun 30 Sep 1920

1920s Hudson & Essex ads

The Baltimore Sun 5 Mar 1922

A lot of old newspapers have found their way online and with digital archival, it’s easier to take a trip back through old newspapers than ever before. These ads were found on NewspaperARCHIVE.com, the largest historical newspaper database online.

 

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About Reed Brothers

I am a co-owner of the former Reed Brothers Dodge in Rockville, Maryland. Lewis Reed, the founder of Reed Brothers Dodge was my grandfather. We were a family-owned and operated car dealership in Rockville for almost a century. I served in the United States Air Force for 30 years before retiring in the top enlisted grade of Chief Master Sergeant in July 2006. In 2016, I received the Arthur M. Wagman Award for Historic Preservation Communication from Peerless Rockville for documenting the history of Reed Brothers Dodge in both blog and book format. This distinguished honor recognizes outstanding achievement by writers, educators, and historians whose work has heightened public awareness of Rockville’s architectural and cultural heritage, growth and development.

2 responses to “Rockville Garage Hudson Motor Car Ads (1919-1920)”

  1. Jonathan B. Richards II says :

    Hello, again , Ms. Jeanne Gartner,
    What a great group of print ads for Hudson/Essex of the 1920s. The source for similar material you have given will be helpful for all interested in the history of the automobile. Thank you for the insightful post to this excellent blog.

    • Reed Brothers says :

      Hi Jonathan, I think old newspaper articles are fascinating and I love exploring them online. Thank you so much for visiting my blog and leaving a your nice comment!

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