This photograph shows Nancy Skeele at the wheel of a car elaborately draped with crepe paper and flower garlands. Her passengers are not identified.

The photograph is undated, but the Coke bottles on the wall in the foreground, shaped like hobble skirts, were used after 1917.

The "M.C." initials in the shield on the car door suggest they participated in the local Field Day parade representing Marble Cliff.

The Skeeles lived at 1492 Roxbury Road. Nancy's son, Bradley, indicated in his memoirs that prior to World War I, cars were a luxury and their use was limited to recreational driving, partly because most of the roads were unpaved, full of ruts and impassable seas of mud when wet.

Car purchases were big news in the day.

An April 15, 1906, article in The Columbus Dispatch reported that local resident Carl Hoster purchased a $9,000 Fiat and a 35-horsepower Pope-Toledo.

Samuel Prescott Bush, Eugene Gray and Theodore Lindenberg followed suit and also purchased Pope-Toledos. George Urlin, however, bought a Frayer-Miller with a limousine body.

Frayer-Millers were manufactured in Columbus.

Hoster's $9,000 purchase 102 years ago amounts to nearly $254,000 in 2018 dollars.