August 2 - 1916: A 300 mile tour of Cape cod

The way we were a hundred years ago
In 1916, the New York Times suggested a car tour of Cape Cod. Map by the Automobile Club of America

1916: Browsing through the New York Times archives


Views of Infinite Variety, from Glimpses of Ocean to Quaint Villages 

The story on an August Sunday in 1916 began:

The three-hundred-mile jaunt over Cape Cod, as outlined by the Automobile Club of America, offers a tour of much enjoyment to the motorist.

Roads in first-class condition; views of infinite variety; broad marshes -- whence come the famous Cape Cod berries; quaint villages, each with its picturesque white church; refreshing glimpses of the ocean, and innumerable beaches gay with Summer visitors and swimmers sporting in the surf, present a series of pictures of unusual charm.

Accommodations run the gamut

 Accommodations on the Cape vary from those of metropolitan magnificence to the old-fashioned simplicity of picturesque inns;  the climate is ideal and the air is always cool from the salt and invigorating breezes of the ocean...  (The drawing below of a 1916 Moon Motor Company's Club Roadster which sold for $1,650.) 

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