Sep 20 2009

Another Historic Gem from the Pickering Collection: The 1909 Alco Black Beast

After viewing over a hundred vintage photos of Nassau County taken by photographer William Pickering in the early 1900s, Catherine Pickering and I found one more treasure last Wednesday: the "Black Beast"!

In this photo, the #8 Alco-6 Racer was photographed by William Pickering on Old Country Road in Hicksville on its way to winning the 1909 Vanderbilt Cup Race.

To view other Vanderbilt Cup Race photos taken by William Pickering, click on the following links:

-Meeting the Granddaughter of a Vanderbilt Cup Race Photographer

-An Amazing Discovery from the Pickering Collection

-Five More Vanderbilt Cup Race Photos from the Pickering Collection


Sep 21 2009 Howard Kroplick 9:32 AM

From Wallace K: Nice site Howard.  I’m glad you found some nice items in Catherine’s collection.  Great to see the Black Beast then and now.  I have to wonder how many pictures my grandfather took of the races and other things that were lost over time.  We’re fortunate to have them now and be able to scan them for the future. Best,Wallace

Sep 22 2009 Tom 9:48 AM

Great shot

Sep 22 2009 Stanford Smilow 5:45 PM

good stuff every time

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