Rauch & Lang Electric Automobile, 1914

Rauch & Lang Electric Automobile, 1914

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Description
The Rauch and Lang Carriage Company of Cleveland, Ohio built this automobile in 1915. The car was donated to the Smithsonian in 1929. Rauch and Lang cars were expensive vehicles and were often owned by rich urban women. According to a 1913 Washington Post article, Rauch and Lang automobiles were easy to drive, and the company's product was "the one best adapted for driving by women and children." This electrically powered automobile is a four-passenger brougham, with plum-colored upholstery, solid tires, and a tiller for steering. The Smithsonian's example was donated to the collection by the wife of William C. Gorgas, who had been Surgeon General of the Army and died in 1920. It is likely that she used the vehicle rather than him. Like a number of automakers, notably Studebaker, the Rauch and Lang Company started out making coaches and carriages.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
Automobile
automobile, electric
date made
1914
previous owner
Gorgas, William Crawford
maker
Rauch & Lang Carriage Co.
Place Made
United States: Ohio, Cleveland
Measurements
overall: 88 in x 65 in x 142 in; 223.52 cm x 165.1 cm x 360.68 cm
ID Number
TR.309622
catalog number
309622
accession number
106301
Credit Line
Gift of Mrs. William C. Gorgas
subject
Automobiles
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Work and Industry: Transportation, Road
America on the Move
Automobiles
Transportation
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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