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Des Moines Iowa Homestead (Newspaper) - March 1, 1917, Des Moines, Iowa Than 145, vol. Lxii. No. 9. Lbs Moines Iowa. Marsh a a a whole no 3099 the Des Moines automobile show. Under a patriotic canopy of red White and Blue Bunting the 1917 automobile show of Des Moines was held last week with More cars exhibited a larger attendance 1. And a greater Public interest than Ever before. Altogether the 1917 show displayed sixty two different Gas driven cars eight electrics with nine exhibitors of accessories. It was eminently fitting that the 1917 Auto Mobile show in Iowa s capital City should have been the largest and most attractive Ever held in the state for the past year has been the Busi est the automobile Industry has Ever known in Iowa. On january 1, 1916, there were automobiles registered in the state. One year later on january 1, 1917, there were in other words Iowa has bought Auto mobiles in the past year. If these cars Are Fig ured at Price of each Iowa spent for new. Automobiles in the past year to say nothing of the untold millions spent for accessories and motor fuel. This is an immense sum for one state to spend in one year on automobiles alone but viewed in the Light of farm production it is neither an extravagant nor an unwarranted sum. This in round numbers which Iowa spent for new cars last year is considerable less than the value of the 1916 Hay crop in Iowa it is considerable less than one half the value of the Oats crop in Iowa in 1916 it is considerable less than one seventh the value of the Corn crop in Towa in 1916. According to the figures of the Iowa weather and crop service Iowa produced Field crops last year to the value of Iowa therefore spent for automobiles in the entire year considerable less than the Field crops produced in one month on the average. The value of the Field crops in Iowa in 1916 was More than the corresponding value in 1915, Iowa therefore spent for motor cars last year less than one fourth of its increased farm earnings an expenditure amply justified in View of the usefulness of the motor car in Agri cultural circles and the increased pleasure which it adds to the life of every member of the House hold which possesses a car. Coincident with the automobile show in Des Moines last week there was held a Large and interesting exhibit of motor trucks. Increasing popularity and usefulness of the motor truck on the farm is bringing that vehicle into More and More prominence scores of Iowa Farmers Are depending on the truck today to transport live Stock Ana their Field crop produce to mar Ket finding that the trips can be made much More quickly and economically by trucks than with horse and Wagon. Many manufacturers see1 a great future for the truck As an adjunct to farming operations. Farmers in the Western part of Iowa have proved by actual experience that they can transport their hogs to the Omaha Market much More quickly and economically in motor trucks than by wagons the saving in time enabling them to take advantage of Market opportunities which they would otherwise be de Nied. The fact that hundreds of Farmers visited the truck show at the auditorium in Des Moines last week inspecting the various makes with a critical Eye proves the interest which is Mani fest among Farmers today in this vehicle. Notwithstanding the freight car shortage the automobile and truck exhibits at Des Moines last week were larger than Ever before. Many of the cars were rushed to Des Moines by express from Kansas City Detroit Chicago Milwaukee and elsewhere. The express charge on one car to Des Moines from Kansas City was but it was gladly paid by the exhibitor who was recompensed by the interest Manifest by the thou Sands of visitors. Never before in the Winter time were so Many new cars being driven Over land from the factories to the various agencies As now freight cars Are hard to get and the de Mand for motor cars was never greater so the automobiles come by express and Overland in order that the Public May not be disappointed. One thing was strikingly noticeable at the Des Moines automobile show this year and that was the striking uniformity of the Many makes of cars on exhibition. The automobile Industry Rias been standardized in a remarkable degree to the great Benefit of the Industry itself As Well As to the consuming Public. Another interesting thing was that practically every 1917 make of car barring minor changes in body design i3 identica.1 with the corresponding models of 1916. In other words the working parts seem to have reached the stage of perfection and the chances Are that no great improvements will appear in that direction for a number of years. Ten years ago the various makes of automobiles differed As much from each other As tractors do today. In View of this the present uniformity and uni form High efficiency is remarkable changes in the actual working machinery of automobiles this year Are slight. Engines been so perfected that changes Are not needed on Many cars. We still have the four six eight and twelve Cylinder cars. The most Radical changes apparent in the new cars apply to lines in the bodies. Several of the new cars have the shutter front on the Radiator making it pos sible to close up the front in cold weather. The shutter answers the same purpose As the Hood cover. The straight Windshield is being Dis carded by most makers for the tilted one. Sev eral cars have improved the Springs especially under the Tonneau seats and a Novelty is the adjustable front seat which May be slipped Back Ward or Forward with a play of four to inches to accommodate the Long or the Short legged Driver. This is a convenience greatly appreciated where More than one person drives the car or when a Man and his wife both drive As is now so frequently the Case. The Clover Leaf Type of roadster will be much in evidence this concluded on Page 11 vere Are Over automobiles in Iowa today of which fully two thirds Are owned and driven by Farmers. M the country proportionate

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