Human Fly Buys a Maxwell

From the June 15, 1916 Skidmore News (Skidmore, Missouri), page 1:

A Pair of Climbers

If an ordinary steeplejack were to decide on a motor car for his personal use, he might be satisfied with a mediocre climber. The expert wants the best. So Harry Gardiner, “The Human Fly,” who has thrilled thousands with his uncanny ability to climb the sides of the highest buildings in Kansas City, has purchased a Maxwell.

Mr. Gardiner wanted to know the steeplejack qualities of the Maxwell, and C. B. McLaughlin, Maxwell’s Kansas City manager, told him a mountain was easy.

“But how about the colonnade?” inquired “The Fly.”

Mr. McLaughlin reminded him it was quite a drive to Twelfth street and Paseo, but if Mr. Gardiner would be patient he would be only too glad to accomplish it.

Twenty abnormally steep steps are the boast of the Colonnade. The Maxwell was equal to the task.

Eager to be in his element, Mr. Gardiner insisted on being a passenger during the climb.

“Here’s your money,” he said when they reached the top. “I admit I have a competitor.”

Illustrated ad for the Maxwell automobile features a Maxwell car at the top.
Skidmore News, June 15, 1916, p. 6

The ad begins, “Impossible to get so much motor car value for the money.” J. F. Patton sold the Maxwell Touring Car for $655 and the Maxwell Roadster for $635 at the Skidmore Garage in Skidmore, Missouri.

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