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 Buggy Company, Watertown, NY, Magazine Advertisement, ca: 1901

This magazine advertisement probably dates just after the turn of the 19th century. It offers customers a higher end vehicle than earlier advertisements.

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.

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  Trade Jouranl Advertisement, Chilton's July 1925.

In July 1925, H. H. Babcock placed this advertisement in Chilton's.

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