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Seasons Greetings and Happy Holidays!

12/20/2014 08:49:43 AM

I would like to take this time to wish you a very Happy Holiday season. Wherever your holiday celebration takes you, I wish all of you a safe, relaxing time spent with family and friends. from, The special video I have posted below is without ...

Update: “Light Dodger” Sculpture Project by Tj Aitken

12/11/2014 23:21:22 PM

Titled “Light Dodger,” the sculpture by Tj Aitken will stand 20 feet high and will have stained glass lens components over 6 feet in diameter. Currently being fabricated in Holland, Michigan – the home of its accomplished sculpture, Tj ...

44 Years Ago Today: New Facility Grand Opening

12/06/2014 00:00:53 AM

Today marks forty four years since the Grand Opening of Reed Brothers Dodge new showroom and service facility. When the state widened the roads in 1970, Reed Brothers Dodge relocated from its original 1800 square foot facility at the intersection ...

Winner – 1931 Reed Brothers Third Annual Goodyear Dealers Zeppelin Race

12/02/2014 14:38:58 PM

In the early 1930’s, the Goodyear Zeppelin Company produced a series of framed prints as rewards for Goodyear dealers as prizes for high sales. Sales was based on a two months quota, and participated in by thousands of dealers all over the ...

Happy Thanksgiving!

11/27/2014 00:00:24 AM

I would like to wish all my friends and visitors to this blog the happiest of Thanksgivings with memorable moments, smiles, and laughter to carry you through many days ahead!

Happy Birthday Lewis Reed! Founder of Reed Brothers Dodge

11/25/2014 11:38:16 AM

Today marks my grandfather’s birthday. Lewis Reed was born in Darnestown, Maryland on November 25, 1887 and was the founder of Reed Brothers Dodge. When Lewis Reed opened his car dealership in October 1915, he never knew he was starting a ...

Happy Birthday Lewis Reed! Founder of Reed Brothers Dodge

11/25/2014 11:38:16 AM

Today marks my grandfather’s birthday. Lewis Reed was born in Darnestown, Maryland on November 25, 1887 and was the founder of Reed Brothers Dodge. When Lewis Reed opened his car dealership in October 1915, he never knew he was starting a ...

New Milestone: 50K Page Views

11/06/2014 07:13:37 AM

Just a quick post with an offering of thanks to all of you who have stopped in to visit this blog. In the two and a half years since its creation, this blog has seen more than 50,000 page views, crossing the milestone today. And this milestone ...

New Milestone: 50K Page Views

11/06/2014 07:13:37 AM

Just a quick post with an offering of thanks to all of you who have stopped in to visit this blog. In the two and a half years since its creation, this blog has seen more than 50,000 page views, crossing the milestone today. And this milestone ...

“Portrait of an Automobile Dealer” Second Edition

10/17/2014 16:00:04 PM

Portrait Of An Automobile Dealer Second Edition by Jeanne T. Gartner | Make Your Own Book If you wanted to read the history of the American car industry, a great place to start would be the book, “Portrait Of An Automobile Dealer”. This ...

“Portrait of an Automobile Dealer” Second Edition

10/17/2014 16:00:04 PM

Portrait Of An Automobile Dealer Second Edition by Jeanne T. Gartner | Make Your Own Book If you wanted to read the history of the American car industry, a great place to start would be the book, “Portrait Of An Automobile Dealer”. This ...

Reed Brothers Is On Facebook

10/02/2014 09:30:35 AM

In an effort to increase our visibility and make Reed Brothers Dodge History more accessible online, I have created a Facebook page for this blog. It has been set it up for public viewing, so you do not need a Facebook account to view it. The ...

Reed Brothers Is On Facebook

10/02/2014 09:30:35 AM

In an effort to increase our visibility and make Reed Brothers Dodge History more accessible online, I have created a Facebook page for this blog. It has been set it up for public viewing, so you do not need a Facebook account to view it. The ...

Oct 1915: Where It All Started

10/01/2014 11:23:44 AM

This is where it all began, 99 years ago in October of 1915. Reed Brothers was franchised as a Dodge dealership and service facility in October 1915, only one year after the first Dodge automobile was made. In  1914, Lewis Reed became a partner ...

Oct 1915: Where It All Started

10/01/2014 11:23:44 AM

This is where it all began, 99 years ago in October of 1915. Reed Brothers was franchised as a Dodge dealership and service facility in October 1915, only one year after the first Dodge automobile was made. In  1914, Lewis Reed became a partner ...

Lewis Reed’s Hand-tinted Photos

09/29/2014 11:12:57 AM

Before the advent of color photography, photographers painstakingly applied color to black and white photos in order to show a truer visual depiction of a photo image. The hand-tinted photos of Lewis Reed and his daughter, Mary Jane (Reed) Gartner ...

Lewis Reed Photos: Black Rock Mill, 1905

09/02/2014 14:53:19 PM

Looking back at photography from the past is a fascinating experience for me. I have no formal history training, just a general interest in local history where I grew up. This special post is a part of a new blog feature called, “Rockville’s ...

Last Sign Standing

08/15/2014 15:20:34 PM

Work continues on the Bainbridge Shady Grove apartments, which was home to former Reed Brothers Dodge dealership. The Used Car sign, still standing on King Farm Blvd is the last remaining remnant of the dealership’s former life. Demolition ...

Sculpture Milestone Celebration!

08/08/2014 15:20:37 PM

The “Light Dodger,” sculpture by Tj Aitken has hit a major milestone and is planning a celebration! The full scale armature will be erected for the first time! The 20-foot sculpture and the Hemi Street Lamps are to be installed next spring ...

Not Just a Dodge Dealer

08/05/2014 12:00:23 PM

Lewis Reed’s Rockville Garage sold more than just Dodges. During the early years, Reed Brothers represented several franchise nameplates along with Dodge, including Oldsmobile, Hudson and Essex. The Hudson and Oldsmobile were sold at Reed ...

July 4, 1922: First MCPD Posing in Front of Reed Brothers Dodge

07/04/2014 00:00:30 AM

This blog entry is posted today to commemorate the anniversary of the Montgomery County Police Department. It was 92 years ago on July 4, 1922 that the MCPD was first established. In those days, Montgomery County was farm country, sparsely ...

Reed Brothers Dodge Featured in Norris-Banonis Calendar

06/30/2014 14:02:35 PM

I was delighted to provide Kevin Banonis of Norris-Banonis Group with several photographs that will go into the month of May 2015 wall calendar which features a 1952 Dodge Coronet. The calendar is entitled, “Broken Down Heroes”, which showcases ...

“Light Dodger” Project to Commemorate Reed Brothers Dodge

06/23/2014 10:13:08 AM

Titled “Light Dodger,” the sculpture by Tj Aitken will stand 19 feet high and will have stained glass lens components over 6 feet in diameter. Currently being fabricated in Michigan – the home of its accomplished sculpture, Tj Aitke

A Tribute to My Dad

06/14/2014 23:16:15 PM

In honor of Father’s Day, I would like to dedicate this blog to the memory of my dad who passed away five years ago on June 13, 2009. Ernest Lee Gartner, who married Lewis Reed’s daughter, Mary Jane, joined Reed Brothers Dodge in 1949. My ...

1920s Auto Races, Rockville Fair

06/02/2014 11:11:47 AM

Early action shots like these are rare, however, the following photographs were taken by Lewis Reed at the Rockville Fairgrounds in the early 1910-1920s. The fairgrounds were just outside Rockville, about where Richard Montgomery High School ...

Honoring Memorial Day

05/24/2014 11:48:49 AM

The United States Army. The Marine Corps. The Navy. The Coast Guard. The Air Force. These five branches of the military are comprised of courageous men and women who serve our country daily. They could be your son/daughter, sister/brother, a ...

Minivan – How It All Began

05/15/2014 15:57:39 PM

Minivans… you must have heard about them. Back in 1983 — when Ronald Reagan was president — the economy was far from robust and Chrysler was on death’s doorstep (talk about déjà vu). Chrysler needed a home run, and Lee Iacocca, who ...

Photoshop 1900s Style

05/04/2014 09:29:23 AM

If you take a look at the state of photography today, such as the advances of digital cameras and the artful image manipulation by Photoshop, it is easy to forget that back in the 1900s photographers couldn’t just go into a computer program ...

Two Years, 77 Posts & Thank You

04/24/2014 00:11:26 AM

Today marks the two-year anniversary of this blog. It’s been an honor to share the history of Reed Brothers Dodge – whether you’ve read our blog, followed us on Twitter, or “liked” us on Facebook. I would like to thank those ment ...

Lewis & Edgar Reed’s One-Room Schoolhouse

04/09/2014 12:47:48 PM

One of the most amazing photographs in my grandfather’s collection is of the one-room schoolhouse where he and his brother, Edgar, went to school.  The photo was labeled “Darnestown School”.  I cannot say with any certainty where

Flashback: Reed Brothers Baseball Team, circa 1920

03/24/2014 15:18:56 PM

Most likely, Rockville’s first experience with baseball was during the Civil War on the fields where Richard Montgomery High School now stands. It was known as “Camp Lincoln” because of the Union encampment there, and Federal soldie

New Blog Feature: Rockville’s Past Through the Lens of Lewis Reed

03/13/2014 11:58:17 AM

Looking back at photography from the past is a fascinating experience for me. Since I started this blog, I have had the opportunity to look through my grandfather’s extensive collection of photographs from historical locations in Maryland, ...

Dodge Brothers March

03/04/2014 13:19:54 PM

Sing a song of old Detroit, for she’s the flashing, dashing pioneer of motor glory … I love this march and the history behind it — it is such a typical success story of the early part of the 20th century. The Detroit Symphony Orches

1976 Showroom & Car Lot

02/28/2014 11:18:04 AM

I found these two gems while looking through some of my old photo albums. The top photo shows what appears to be a 1976 Dodge Charger displayed on the showroom floor at Reed Brothers. Usually, the flashiest of the new models, spit-shined to ...

1920s Sales & Service Staff

01/10/2014 13:05:40 PM

This circa 1920s image shows some of the original sales and service staff of Lewis Reed’s Rockville Garage. Note that in the photo some of the men are wearing Gulf Gasoline attendant uniforms. The photo was taken in front of the vehicle e ...

Blog’s Annual Report 2013

12/31/2013 05:31:04 AM

We’re at the end of 2013 and that means it’s time for the annual report for the Reed Brothers Dodge History blog. This is where I get to tell you all the cool stats and milestones this blog has achieved throughout the year. Thanks to WordPress, ...

Seasons Greetings and Happy Holidays!

12/17/2013 09:13:26 AM

I would like to take this time to wish you a very Happy Holiday season.  As another year winds down, I wish you all a holiday filled with peace and happiness and a prosperous New Year. All the very best for a wonderful 2014, from, The special ...

Lewis Reed Photos: Remembering Trolley Cars of Rockville’s Past

12/14/2013 13:03:18 PM

This special post is a collection of early trolley car photos that were taken by Lewis Reed in the early 20th century. I wanted to share them because they offer a visual history of a part of Rockville’s transportation past. With photography ...

Creed of A Dodge Brothers Salesman

12/08/2013 07:42:38 AM

The man responsible for much of the early Dodge Brothers advertising was George Harrison Phelps. Among other things, George Phelps wrote “The Creed of A Dodge Brothers Salesman” which embodied the Dodge Brothers philosophy in manufactur ...