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Designed by E. C. Stearns, this car had no connection with the better-known Cleveland-built Stearns. It was a steam car of conventional design using a 2-cylinder, slide-valve engine of 8 hp, chain drive, and steering by side tiller. A wide variety of body styles was offered, including a six-passenger with three rows of seats and roll-down canvas sides. The latter model was introduced in 1902, and has been call, probably correctly, the world's first production station wagon.[1]

Stearns Steam Carriage Company, Harpers Weekly, March 8, 1902, page 319

This image of the Stearns Steam Carriage, Model B, the Dos a Dos or Trap, appeared in Harpers Weekly on Marh 8, 1902, page 319.

Stearns Steam Carriage Company, Scientific American Article, March 1902

Thiis image of the Stearns SteamStation Wagon appeared in The Scientific American in March 1902.

Stearns Steam Carriage Company, July 1902, Country Life in America, p. lxi

Country Life in America, July 1902, p. lxi.

Stearns Steam Carriage Company, August 1902, Country  Life, p. LCCCVIII

Country Life in America, August, 1902, p. lxxxviii.


Stearns placed this small advertisement on page 720 of Motor World on September 11, 1902.

Stearns Steam Carriage Comany, ca: 1902, Worlds Work Magazine, Conde Collection

These two advertisements appeared about 1902 in The World's Work Advertiser. Conde Collection.

Stearns Stam Carriage Comany, ca: 1902, Worlds Work Magazine, Conde Collection Stearns Steam Carriage Company advertisement, The Automobile, January 3, 1903, p. 49

This small, mid-page advertisement promoted the company's nine models and urged readers to write for a catalogue. The Automobiel, January 3, 1903. Conde Collection, photocopy.

Stearns Steam Carriage Company lapel pin front Stearns Steam Carriage Company lapel pin , Reverse

This lapel pin promoted the Stearns Steam Carriage Company.

A Stearns Marketing Package

The following material came as a group and is clearly an advertising package from the Stearns Steam Carriage Company to a prospective buyer.

It contains the following:

  • Advertising Brochure 1903
  • New York Times article reprinted
  • Six single-sheet testimonials from happy customers.

Stearns Steam Carriage Company  Trade Catalogue, 1903

The Stearns 1903 advertising brochure.

Stearns Steam Carriage Company, New York Times Article, January 25,1903.

This is the January 25, 1903 New York Times reprint.

Stearns Steam Carriage Company,, Testimonials Stearns Steam Carriage Company,, Testimonials Stearns Steam Carriage Company,, Testimonials

These six testimonials were printed on the customer's letterhead and accompanied the brochure above.

The Steam Automobile Club of America Brochure Reprint

Stearns Steam Carriage Company, Trade Catalogue, SACA Reprint

The Steam Automobile Club or America reprinted this Steaerns Steam Carriage Co. brocuhre. It is available for sale from SACA.

[1]Georgano, G. N., Encyclopedia of American Automobiles, (New York, E. P. Dutton & Co., 1968), p. 188.