Driving the Banana Special in 1923

1923 Driving the Banana Special
1923 Driving the Banana Special

Pictured here is Ray Williams driving his Banana Special in 1923.

By the 1920s the automobile had become the most popular way to get around. And Henry Ford was putting out new and better models every year.

The roads had to catch up. They were great for horses, but deteriorating with the use of automobiles. You’ll notice here that the roads were still dirt — no cement or asphalt to be seen.

Photo courtesy of Rich Williams.

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3 thoughts on “Driving the Banana Special in 1923”

  1. Linda Williams Tobin

    Hi – That picture is of my grandpa, Ray williams. Does that mean Rich Williams is my cousin?? I always wondered what happened to my grandpa’s paternal family and I know very little about them. I know that Ray was raised mostly by his paternal grandmother Sarah Van Eaton Williams. His Dad was Charles Hiram Williams who remarried (after Ray’s mother left) and had two other children with whom we have lost touch. It is great to see a picture of my grandpa – Thanks!

    1. I’ll have to ask Rich and find out! 🙂 Thank you for sharing the info. It’s great to be able to put the pieces together.

  2. Hi Linda,

    I am not your cousin but your mother is my second cousin. Your grand parents, Ray and Vera, were good friends of my parents Ruth and Cecil Williams. Ray and dad were cousins. We used to come down to Black Lake to see them from time to time. Ruthie and I live in Olympia and are part of the Eatonville to Rainier history project. We do have hundreds of pictures of the family and some of them are on this blog. If you look up Nathan P. Williams, he is Charley Williams’ father or your great great grand father. Diane also has pictures of the Williams Garage on her site. The two people standing in front of it are Charley Williams and the little guy to his right with his hand on his hip is Ray. If you are interested in contacting me my e-mail address is [email protected]

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