Vintage Photograph of First Significant Car Show in U.S. at Madison Square Garden in 1900

Madison Square Garden: 1st National Auto Show, 1900
Madison Square Garden: 1st National Auto Show, 1900

116 Years ago today, the first ever major U.S. car show was held at the old Madison Square Garden at 26th and Madison Avenue.

The Automobile Club of America organised the week-long event held in Madison Square Garden. Fifty-one exhibitors displayed 31 automobiles along with various accessories. The show also featured ramps to demonstrate hill-climbing abilities and starting and braking contests. Tickets for the popular event, nicknamed the ‘Horseless Carriage Show’, cost 50 cents. By the end of show week it is also estimated that 48,000 visitors had attended.

This vintage photograph from November 3rd, 1900 captures the event.

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