Transportation ➔ Automobile, REO Model B Runabout
1910 REO model B runabout with a 4-cylinder, F-Head, 35 horsepower engine. When new, a car like this would have cost about $1250, and had a top speed of about 35 miles per hour. This particular car was purchased by the donor in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, and restored to resemble a fire chief's car of the era.
REO was founded by Ransom E. Olds, who also created Oldsmobile. In the early 1900s the Lansing-based REO company was the nationest 3rd largest producer of automobiles, behind Ford and Buick.
Metal, Rubber, Glass
60" h 68" w 158" d
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Gift Of Dr. Peter Northouse;Photo Credit: Tom Wagner and ArtifactGR
(November 12 2011 – February 29 2012)BIG STUFF from the Permanent Collection
An inspired selection of favorites chosen by the Museum Staff
For more than 150 years, the Public Museum has been collecting STUFF. We’re the keepers of important “one for the record books” stuff; quirky “what were they thinking” stuff; fragile “from a bygone era” stuff; patent-related “don’t forget whose stuff this is” stuff; small to the point of being overlooked stuff; and BIG “how did you get that through the door” stuff. In short, we keep track of history through the physical objects our society has amassed along the way.
But stuff requires more storage space than anyone cares to think about. As a result, a mere 10% of the Museum’s collection is on display here at any given time. This is our attempt to correct that. We’ve pulled back the dust covers, opened the drawers and invited Museum staff members into the archives to vote on their favorites in one category - BIG STUFF. Conjure up all the adjectives you can come up with to replace BIG, then have a look inside!Artifact GR
(2012 – 2013)Artifact GR was a project which invited members of the community into the archives of the Grand Rapids Public Museum, and asked them to write about their experiences. The resulting submissions were cataloged in an interactive website (www.artifactgr.org) and in a published book (http://www.blurb.com/b/4400444-the-artifact-projectsoftcover).100 Years of Design
(June 8 2016)Museum School students selected artifacts from the collection, researched them, and then designed what they believe they will look like 100 years from now.
REO Motor Car CompanyNorthouse, Peter B.