|Panhard et Levassor in Harmon, NY (circa 1907)|
|The Horseless Age - Dec, 25, 1907|
This photo is inscribed “taken in Harmon, N.Y. July 9th”. Unfortunately, it doesn’t state a year. However after a bit of research, it turns out that Harmon, NY (whose name changed to Harmon-Croton in 1913) was opened for residential development upon the purchase of the Van Cortland farm in 1903 (550 acres). Named for Clifford B. Harmon, the real estate developer and aviation pioneer, the area really started to grow after the train station opened in 1906. Harmon's early ads for the area promised free train tickets to anyone who wanted to come up and look at the properties.
This image appears to show one of those eager new residents with plans in hand. I’m no expert on the Panhard brand, but this looks like a 1906 or 1907 Panhard et Levassor U1 (35hp) car. Around this time Panhard produced many models of varying horsepower (over 10 different models). The American operations for Panhard et Levassor were established in New York City in 1903 by Andre Massenat and this car would have most likely been imported by him and sold in the NYC dealership.