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A detailed snapshot of motorized transport in the Brass Era

Armaments maker Benjamin B. Hotchkiss of Sharon established a French subsidiary that made Hotchkiss-brand luxury autos beginning in 1903. Car production ended in 1955 but the firm still makes military vehicles. Image contributed

In 1086, King William of Normandy conducted a census of England and Wales, detailing who lived there and what they owned, in order to determine what amount of taxes were owed to him. To historians, the Domesday Book offers a window into 11th century England, and is their best reference to what life was like at the time. 

For automobile enthusiasts, a similar find has been uncovered by Lakeville Journal Associate Editor Bernard A. Drew of Great Barrington. 

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