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1919::Ford Power Attachments at the Norman Hirst Garage in Victoria, British Columbia

Updated: Feb 20

A little shop with a breakthrough product.


1919::Ford Power Attachments at the Norman Hirst Garage in Victoria, British Columbia

"1919::Ford Power Attachments at the Norman Hirst Garage in Victoria, British Columbia"

Clip: Victoria Daily Times (1919)

Victoria, British Columbia


This handy little apparatus bolted onto the front end of any Ford automobile as a ready power source. Running directly off the vehicle's engine, it could help pull a car out of a mudhole or chainsaw the winter's wood. It could run homestead machinery like washing machines, concrete mixers, or hay pressers to help fill a barn. The little Ford Power Attachment could do anything an eight or 10-horsepower stationery engine could do. Its sleek, enamelled design took up little space and was a boon to all who bought it.


1921::From Hand Signals to Turning Signals in British Columbia

"1921::From Hand Signals to Turning Signals in British Columbia"

Clip: Victoria Daily Times (1921)

Photographer: Percy Frost


The Norman Hirst Garage on Gordon Street in Victoria provided a battery charging plant for electric vehicles. It offered its customers a full automobile repair service but was only in business for a year.

1927::Auto Safety Signals

Hirst had moved on to teach electronics and automobile mechanics to soldiers returning from the Great War. In 1927, he became a distributor for one of the city's first automobile electric turn signals that helped drivers advance from using hand signals.


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