Cunningham Carriages

Welcome!    The drawings and photographs of carriages and automobiles on our Web pages are from the estate of G. Carson Baker. The images are representative of his career at the James Cunningham, Son & Company from 1899-1936 where he served first as woodworker, then draftsman, and finally Senior Body Designer in the automobile division. Carson's father, Charles, also made his career with the company before him (and with him) from 1870 until the mid 1920s, as a skilled woodcarver and special-finish carriage painter.

Our family has been working offline for the last several years to create a Catalog of Carson's image collection and we share here some of the fruits of our efforts.

The other primary resource we offer online is the complete text of "The Purusit of Excellence" a history of the Cunningham company. We created the online version of it based on a rare print edition in Carson's collection, and it's posted with permission from the Cunningham family.

James Cunningham, Son & Co. Information on This Site

G. Carson Baker's Cunningham Catalog
Images of Carriages, Automobiles, Ambulances & Funeral Vehicles
Built by James Cunningham, Son & Co.
Edited by Karen L. Fuhrman & William G. Fuhrman
with Assistance from Susan P. Fuhrman, 2014.

The Pursuit of Excellence
James Cunningham, Son & Co.
Noel Hinrichs, 1968.

Additional Resources on Other Sites

Click for a list of links to histories, videos, and other collections.

More and more information comes online all the time! If you know of a good resource for information related to the Cunningham company (on or offline), please send it along to Two featured links are shown below.

At left: 1917 Cunningham Army Ambulance, G. Carson Baker shown seated at far right. Image is part of the digital "Automobile Reference Collection" online at the Free Library of Philadephia.

Be sure to visit the Cunningham Carriage Factory blog! The DePaul organization has renovated one of the original Cunningham factory buildings in Rochester, opened December 2, 2014 with 71 loft apartments for income-eligible tenants. See a video with overview here: