This is an original 1907 black and white print ad for Elco Motor Boats. This company was most notable for presenting the first electric engine for boats during the 1800s. Elco employees Irwin Chase, Glenville Sinclair Tremain and Henry R. Sutphen were known as the preemptive builders of motor yachts and cruising boats. The company built lifeboats for the U.S. Coast Guard, PT boats during WWII and many other water crafts for various organizations. Elco was shut down in 1949, due to its lack of opportunity to effectively transition to postwar conditions and demands; however, in 1987, the company reopened under the new ownership of Joseph W. Fleming, whose father was a former employee of Elco.
This 104+ year old Item is rated Near Mint / Very Fine+. No aging. No creases. No natural defects. No tears. No water damage. There is very light bleed through at the top of this ad.
Product Type: Original Print Ad; Black / White
Grade: Near Mint / Very Fine+
Dimensions: Approximately 5.25 x 8 inches; 13 x 20 cm
Authentication: Serial-Numbered Certificate of Authenticity w/ Full Provenance
Protection: Packaged in a custom archival sleeve with an acid-free black board (great for display, gift-giving, and preservation)
Keywords specific to this image: Elco Express, The Ideal Launch, Gasoline Motor Boats, Ave A Baryonne New Jersey, 5 Nassau Street New York Vintage Advertising