At a crossroads, they would follow the poles carrying more wires, assuming that would take them to the larger population center. Not the modern helpful guidebooks with foldout maps, but books that. In her book, veil, duster and tire iron 1961, ramsey wrote that in the west they primarily followed the telegraph poles. On october 17, 2000, alice huyler ramsey became the first woman to be. Email to friends share on facebook opens in a new window or tab share on twitter. Ramsey recounted her pioneering road trip in her book veil, duster, and tire iron. The story of the first crosscountry road trip by a woman. Alice huyler ramsey, first woman to drive across u. Alice huyler ramsey entered the history books as the first woman to. Alice finishes her crosscountry trip in 1909 farm and dairy. In 1961, ramsey chronicled the adventure in her book, veil, duster and tire iron.
In 1911, katherine stokes published the motor maids across the continent, which doesnt mention ramsey by name, but closely tracks the journey she took. She later wrote a book recounting their adventures in 1961, veil, duster and tire iron. Alice embarked upon this epic journey when she was just 21 years old, yet she wrote the book in 1961 when she was 73 and going strong. Shadowed from coast to coast by maxwellbriscoe representatives, the women followed a route through upstate new york, along lake erie and through the nations midsection and the foothills of the rockies. She wrote a book about the trip called veil, duster, and tire iron 1961. Republishing veil, duster and tire iron by alice ramsey. A plea for mercy by anne porter the writers almanac. She later drove five of the six passes of the swiss alps, giving up the last under doctors orders.
Alice ramseys grand adventure and millions of other books are available for amazon kindle. An original parts book and sales brochure for the 1909 maxwell line, unearthed on one of mr. In 1909, alice ramsey, a 22yearold mother from hackensack, nj, becam. On october 17, 2000 she was inducted into the automotive hall of fame, being the. Ramsey published a book of her own called veil, duster and tire iron and. Veil, duster, and tire iron alice huyler ramsey first. Republishing veil, duster, and tire iron may 2005, patrice press hardcover in english libraries near you. Newspaper directory to find information about american newspapers published between 1690present. Leaving 1930 broadway in manhattan on june 9, she arrived in san francisco on august 7. Franzwa 2005, hardcover at the best online prices at ebay. The first lady of automotive travel passed away on september 10, 1983, in covina, california. Ramsey, who told her story in the 1961 book, veil, duster and tire iron and died in 1983, will be honored posthumously at a ceremony in buffalo friday. Veil, duster, and tire iron, a copy of a book ramsey wrote about her crosscountry journey.
Will include dust jacket if it originally came with one. In 1960, she was awarded woman motorist of the century by the american automobile association. Interestingly, what they found is that many young women do believe in the movements ideas, and are actively involved in a number of related causes. Further, that would not be the last the motoring world would hear of ramsey, as she continued to test her driving mettle, crossing the country over 30 more times, driving almost all the passes of the alps, and publishing a book about her 1909 journey called veil, duster, and tire iron.
Between 1909 and 1975, ramsey drove across the country more than 30 times. The farmers son caught one of their horses in pasture and pulled us out for a fee then walked on to the next hole, repeated his. Last year a friend surprised me on my birthday with a copy of the book, complete with alice ramseys. The untold stories of women who moved the world forward. The next year ramsey published veil, duster, and tire iron, a chronicle of the 1909 trip. Her book was long out of print, but has been recently republished and is available online from several booksellers, under the title alices drive. Franzwa, who diligently annotated alices original text while valiantly attempting to trace her difficult path. Print this article new jersey studies rutgers university. Veil, duster, and tire iron by alice ramsey student calculator math by texas instruments learning center. But suddenly, recalling that this was to be a womans expedition, i said, waait a minute. In later years, she lived in west covina, california, where in 1961 she wrote and published the story of her journey, veil, duster, and tire iron. She was named the woman motorist of the century by aaa. Helene rother was one of the first female automotive designers.
In 1909, alice ramsey, a 22yearold mother from hackensack, nj, became the first woman to drive an automobile from coast to coast. In 2000, she was the first woman inducted into the automotive hall of fame. That book, veil, duster, and tire iron was reproduced in 2005 as part of an expanded work by my friend and mentor, the late gregory m. Gregory m franzwa in 1909, alice ramsey, a 22yearold mother from hackensack, n. Alice huyler ramsey november 11, 1886 september 10, 1983 was the first woman to drive. Alice ramsey went back to being a housewife and mother, although she was an inveterate motorist and made some thirty more. This ends my rehash of alices 1961 book, veil, duster and tire iron. In 1961 alice set the record straight by writing vail, duster and tire iron, republished and annotated as alices drive in 2005 by g. She later drove five of the six passes of the swiss alps, giving up the last under doctors orders regarding her. This book tells the story of four women who were the very first ones to drive crosscountry from new york to california by car. Willing hands reached for the crank handle at the front end, she later wrote in her book, veil, duster and tire iron, a recollection of her cross country adventure. From this standpoint, the book is a mustread for all of those sounding feminisms death knell. Veil, duster, and tire iron is the story of the very first woman to drive herself across the united states, along with her three female companions which she did in 1909 driving a maxwell car.
Republishing veil, duster, and tire iron by alice ramsey and gregory m. With numerous breakdowns, a dozen flat tires, and almostdaily press conferences and meetandgreet functions in every town of any size, her drive was more of a spectacle than a speed competition, but she completed the 3,800mile trip in 59 days, arriving in san francisco on 10 august 1909. Alice huyler ramsey drove 3,800 miles across the country in a maxwell 30 with three other women, but she was the only one who knew how to drive. July 12, 1898 page 8, image 8 search americas historic newspaper pages from 17891963 or use the u. Veil, duster, and tire iron alice huyler ramsey first edition inscribed. Who should be inducted into the automotive hall of fame next. This welldone paperback includes annotation, an index, and other new material by publisher gregory m. Details about veil, duster, and tire iron alice huyler ramsey first edition inscribed.
She completed more than 30 additional crosscountry trips and published a book, veil, duster, and tire iron, which chronicled her original adventure. Alices drive republishing veil, duster, and tire iron. The book is also a mustread to discover why those who dont adhere to the term have rejected it. Television journalist charles kuralt once interviewed alice for his television magazine, on the road. Were featuring millions of their reader ratings on our book pages to help you find your new favourite book. Veil, duster, and tire iron by ramsey huyler, alice and a great selection of related books, art and collectibles available now at. Buy veil, duster, and tire iron by alice huyler ramsey isbn. The story of the first woman to drive across america takes place in 1909, when twentytwoyearold alice ramsey climbs behind the wheel of a maxwell touring car and heads for san francisco, with many. She was named the woman motorist of the century by aaa in 1960 and later wrote a book about her journey titled veil, duster and tire iron. Republishing veil, duster, and tire iron alice ramsey, gregory m. Test your motoring knowledge with our free autowords sampler. They broke barriers and made the automotive world better. Thoburn wrote that he wanted to donate the book to support their dream. Andersons many trips to swap meets like the one held each fall in hershey, pa.
In the summer of 1909, alice ramsay and three other women traveled from new york city to san francisco in a maxwell, a journey she wrote about in the 1961 book veil, duster and tire iron. This a reprint on alice huyler ramseys 1961 book veil, duster, and tire iron, which recounted her adventures in 1909 as the first woman to drive an automobile across the united states. Alice huyler ramsey november 11, 1886 september 10, 1983 was the first woman to drive across the united states from coast to coast on august 7, 1909. Alice told of their crosscountry odyssey in her 1961 book, veil, duster, and tire iron, but heres the thumbnail version. Women take a seat in transportation hall of fame the san. Republishing veil, duster, and tire iron by gregory m. Her adventures are written in her book veil, duster and tire iron. Alice huyler ramsey recounts the 1909 adventures of the first woman to drive across america from coast to coast. On october 17, 2000, alice huyler ramsey became the first woman to be inducted into the automotive hall of fame.
Her courage and determination have inspired countless women to. Building a maxwell for a drive across the country the. Discover delightful childrens books with prime book box, a subscription that. Automotive history is more than just cars part 4 alice.
Everyday low prices and free delivery on eligible orders. For her accomplishments, the automobile manufacturers association now the alliance of automobile manufacturers named her. Alice huyler ramsey 18861983 find a grave memorial. In 2000, she became the first woman to be inducted into the automotive hall of fame. The library of congress chronicling america omaha daily bee. California, where in 1961 she wrote and published the story of her journey, veil, duster, and tire iron. These 6 trailblazing women are in the automotive hall of.1377 1101 1388 1013 1003 315 439 1583 1267 708 1228 770 1539 1458 303 644 929 473 20 1286 1528 373 1125 1577 667 310 580 323 1108 707 408 1432 977 174 436 1284 496 1265 521