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After several years of experimental work in Boston, Edward Clark began manufacture of steam cars at Dorchester. These were of advanced design, using horizontally-opposed 4-cylinder engines of 20 hp. These were mounded amidships, with the flash boiler under the hood. Final drive was by shaft. Earlier models were expensive ($5,000 in 1904), but by 1909 the price had been reduced to $2,500. However this was still over $1,000 more than the price asked for a comparable Stanley Steamer, and very few Clarks were sold.[1]

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Clark, Edward S., Steam Car, Article in Gardner D. Hiscox 1900 book John A. Conde Collection

Gardner D. Hixcox featured the Clark Steam Car in his early work on automobiles, pages 109 to 112. John A. Conde Collection.

Clark, Edward S., Steam Car, Article in Gardner D. Hiscox 1900 book John A. Conde Collection Clark, Edward S., Steam Car, Article in Gardner D. Hiscox 1900 book John A. Conde Collection Clark, Edward S., Steam Car, Article in Gardner D. Hiscox 1900 book John A. Conde Collection Clark, Edward S., Steam Car, Article in Gardner D. Hiscox 1900 book John A. Conde Collection

Clark, Edward S., Steam Car, Magazine Advertisement, Horseless Age, January 17, 1901, Conde Collection

Gardner D. Hixcox featured the Clark Steam Car in his early work on automobiles, pages 109 to 112. John A. Conde Collection.

Clark, Edward S., Steam Car Brochure, 1901, Various Models, John A. Conde Collection Clark, Edward S., Steam Car Brochure, 1901, Various Models, John A. Conde Collection

This seven-page 1901 Clark Steam Car brochure has had a hard life. It has been disassembled, bound, unbound, assembled, and finally disassembled. It may be parts of two separate catalogues. The stamp on the second page reads This catalogue is one received from the Pope Manufacturing Co. on Sept. 22, 1914, in the bound volume of the year of 1901. John A. Conde Collection.

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Clark, Edward S., Steam Car, January 1903 Magazine Advertisement, The Automobile Magazine, p. 57, John A. Conde Collection

Edward S. Clark placed this advertisement in the January 1903 number of The Automobile, page 57. John A. Conde Collection.

Clark, Edward S., Steam Car, Cycle and Automobile Trade Journal, January 1904, p. 380.

Clark Steam Car Advertisement, Cycle and Automobile Trade Journal, January 1904, p. 380. John A. Conde Collection.

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In June 1904, Clark placed this advertisement in The Automobile. It offered Oil Encased Engines as wells as 3-Cylinder Single-Acting Poppet Valve Engines for highly superheated steam. Clarks offered to repair both gasoline and steam powered cars. John A. Conde Collection.

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This Clark Steam Car trade catalogue is a bit unusual. It contains blank pages where Clark might have promoted the features of his car and a line drawing of one model. This brochure is stamped H CUNTZ. John A. Conde Collection.

Clark, Edward S., Steam Car, Floyd Clymer image, page 65. John H. Conde Collection

Floyd Clymer reproduced this Clark Steam Car information on page 65 of his Steam Car Scrapbook. John A. Conde Collection.

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John Conde taped this photocopied advertisement to a yellow card, Motor Magazine, January 1907. Clark advertised his Flash boiler, four cylinder piopped valve engine. Adjustable stroke pumps, clutch and shaft drive. Movable steering column, [and] locking throttle valve. John A. Conde Collection.

Clark, Edward S., Steam Car Magazine Advertisement, Motor Magazine, September 1907, John A. Conde Collection.

Clark promoted The Most Luxurious Steam Car Buiolt in America in his Motor Magazine advertisement in September 1907. John A. Conde Collection. John A. Conde Collection.

Clark, Edward S., Steam Car Article, Cycle and Automobile Trade Journal, June 1, 1908, p. 66 John A. Conde Collection Clark, Edward S., Steam Car Article, Cycle and Automobile Trade Journal, June 1, 1908, p. 68 John A. Conde Collection

The 1908 Clark Steam Car appeared in a Cycle and Automobile Trade Journal article on June 1, 1908, p. 68-70. The first two pages are photocopoies, but the third page is original. John A. Conde Collection. John A. Conde Collection.

Clark, Edward S., Steam Car Article, Cycle and Automobile Trade Journal, June 1, 1908, p. 70 John A. Conde Collection

The two pages below come from Cycle and Automobile Trade Journal. The Clark steam car was featured along with many other manufacturers.

Edward S. Clark Steam Car in Cycle and Automobile Trade Journal, date unknown Edward S. Clark Steam Car in Cycle and Automobile Trade Journal, 1906, page 153
[1]Georgano, G. N., Encyclopedia of American Automobile, (New York, E. P. Dutton & Co., 1968), p. 44.

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