G. Carson's Cunningham Carriages
Welcome! The drawings of the carriages and photographs of automobiles on these web pages are from the personal estate of G. Carson Baker, designer and senior representative for the James Cunningham & Son company during the first quarter of the 20th century. His father, Charles, also worked for the company as a carriage painter.
According to G. Carson's daughter, Margaret, when the age of the horse-drawn carriage came to a close, the company moved with technology and produced motor-driven vehicles, specializing in ambulances, hearses, and custom-made luxury motor cars.
In the mid-20th century, the factory was purchased by Gleason Works Inc., where Margaret worked for many years. The Cunningham house, located on East Avenue (not far from Kodak founder George Eastman's mansion), was also sold and was eventually torn down and replaced by a luxury apartment building. Coincidentally, Margaret resided there for a number of years in the 1970s. In the basement was a function room aptly named "The Cunningham Room" and on its walls hung many pictures of carriages and cars similar to the ones shown here.
James Cunningham & Son Company information on this site:
"THE PURSUIT OF EXCELLENCE," a corporate history brochure written in 1964.
1876 Centennial Exposition description of the James Cunningham & Son company, and its Canal Street factory in Rochester, New York. From a publication celebrating the strength of American industry for the 1876 Centennial Exposition.
Cunningham and carriage information on other sites:
Carriage Musuem of America
Extensive information on horse-drawn transportation. Includes a page of articles regarding the Cunningham company from period publications including "The Hub" and "Carriage Monthly."
A group for people interested in Cunningham Motor Cars, and where owners can exchange information necessary to maintain the cars.
A considerable list of carriage-related sites, handpicked by humans.
Genessee Country Village - Carriage Museum
Not much carriage info online, but promises a great deal by way of terrestrial visit to their museum.