The H. H. Babcock Buggy Company or Watertown, NY, established in 1845, was a regional maker of horse drawn carriages in the late 19th century when the automobile made its appearance.

By about 1900, the Company had dropped the word BUGGY from its name and began to make the transition to selling automobile bodies.

In 1925 it supplied five hign-end sedan bodies to the Steam Vehicle Corporation of America for its new SV-252G model. The SVCA made an additional 47 touring cars in 1925, but it is not clear if Babcock supplied these bodies.

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H. H. Babcock Buggy Company, Magazine Advertisement, July 1886 H. H. Babcock Buggy Company, Watertown, NY, Magazine Advertisement, ca: 1895

These two magazine advertisements, the one on the left dated July 1886, identify the company as the H. H. Babcock Buggy Company.

H. H. Babcock Company, Watertown, NY, Magazine Advertisement, ca: 1900

Although undated, this advertisement identifies the company as the H. H. Babcock Company. Perhaps management recognized the coming automobile opportunity and upgraded the name. Note the use of pneumatic tires on this buggy.

H. H. Babcock Company, Watertown, NY, Magazine Advertisement, December 1901, Harpers Magazine, p. 147.

This H. H. Babcock advertisement appeared in Harper's Magazine for December 1901. It offers customers a higher end vehicle than earlier advertisements.

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This October 1901 advertisement appeared in The Review of Reviews on page 90.

H. H.Babcock Company, Magazine Advertisement, 1903, Scribner's Magazine, p. 142

This 1903 advertisement appeared in Scribner's Magazine on page 142.

H. H. Babcock Magazine Advertisement, ca: 1903.  Selden Automobile Patent Advertisement

This undated McClure's Magazine advertisement carries a Seldon patent advertisment listing numerous automobile companies. Ironically, the H. H. Babcock advertisement promotes its horse-drawn carriages.

Babcock, H. H. Magazine Advertisement, Horse Carriages, September 1905, Worlds Work Magazine

In September 1905, H. H. Babcock was advertising its "Spider" Phaeton in The World's Work magazine.

H. H. Babcock Automobile magazine advertisement, ca: 1905 - 1907, Cycle and Automobile Trade Journal, p. 239

H. H. Babcock advertised its Automobile about 1905 - 1907, in Cycle and Automobile Trade Journal, p. 239

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H. H. Babcock continued to advertise its horse-drawn vehicles in this 1907 issue of the Review pf Reviews, p. 84. Beside it is the 1907 Model Cadillac and above it as the Pennsylvania Rubber Company's advertisement for racing tires.

H. H. Babcock 1909 Model A gasoline car, Worlds Work Advertiser H. H. Babcock 1909 Model B gasoline car, Worlds Work Advertiser

In 1909, H. H. Babcock advertised its Model A and Model B gasoline cars in this series of small advertisements in the Review of Reviews about 1909 - 1910, p. 343..

H. H. Babcock promoted its Model 30 in an issue of Cycle and Automobile Trade Journal, about 1909 - 1910, p. 343.

H. H. Babcock promoted its Model 30 in an issue of Cycle and Automobile Trade Journal, about 1909 - 1910, p. 343..

H. H. Babcock Company, 1-Ton Ford Truck Bodies, Magazine Advertisement, 1917, Automobile Trade Journal P. 169.

H. H. Babcock placed this 1917 advertisement for Ford 1-Ton Truck bodies in the Automobile Trade Journal.

H. H. Babcock Company, Watertown, NY, December 15, 1919, Commercial Car Journal, Page 151

H. H. Babcock placed this advertisement for Ford 1-Ton Truck bodies in the December 15, 1918 issue of Commercial Car Journal.

H. H. Babcock Company truck and automobile bodies, Automobile Trade Journal p. 245

In June 1921, Babcock placed this advertisement in the Automobile Trade Journal for its automobile and light truck bodies.

H. H. Babcock Magazine Advertisemenet, Country Life, February 1923, page 102

In February 1923, H. H. Babcock placed this advertisement in the Country Life for its Utility Car.

H. H. Babcock magazine advertisement, ca: 1920, Truck Bodies

H. H. Babcock advertisement, ca: 1920, for its truck bodies.

H. H. Babcock real photo post card advertisement, ca: 1915, for its truck bodies, front H. H. Babcock real photo post card advertisement, ca: 1915, for its truck bodies, reverse

H. H. Babcock real photo post card advertisement, ca: 1915, for its truck bodies.

H. H. Babcock  Trade Jouranl Advertisement, Chilton's July 1925.

In July 1925, H. H. Babcock placed this advertisement in Chilton's. Babcock made five sedan bodies for the Steam Vehicle Corporation of America.

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