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The History of the Automobile in America,

it’s mechanical and auto body technology and development, the people who drive them, the laws they are subject to, the evolution of the roads they drive on, and almost inevitably, the technology required to recover a collision-damaged vehicle and return it to drivable condition, are all intertwined. The history of the collision repair industry, most specifically, the many companies that support the industry, have a long and interestingly varied past.

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Monday, August 5, 2013


The Charles Miller Automobile Supply Company publishes its 5th catalog of auto parts and accessories.  Among the items in this edition is the “World’s Best Buffalo Robe” for $10, a must for driving an open touring car in cold weather.  Other items include driving goggles for $3, leather automobile coats for $8, leather pants for $6, gauntlet driving gloves for $2 and leather driving cap, also $2.  Unlike similar catalogs of 50 years later, there was no mention of fiberglass auto body repair kits, touch-up paint – or fuzzy dice. 

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