7 Years, 296 Posts & Thank You

7 Year Blog AnniversaryToday marks the 7-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 mentioned below, and many others, for their kind words and the visibility they have provided.

To help review the past year I thought I’d search around on the Internet and see what others have been saying about us.

Included among the posts on our Facebook page:

These old photos are so great!”
Great photos/history documentation.”
“Keep up the great work with your blog. I really enjoy reading about the history and especially seeing the photos.”
“Really enjoy all of the Reed Brothers Dodge History.”
“Beyond impressive.”
Such a cool story.”
Thank you so much for sharing these photos, I enjoy seeing them.
That is a great photo, the detail is phenomenal.”
Fabulous pictures.”
Please keep these posts coming. I have enjoyed every posting.
1,164 months give or take. Quite a run, 97 years.
“Love reading all this history and seeing these pictures!”
“I love your posts. Your stories add richness to the stories.”

I love pictures, especially the old ones. People, places and things…the pictures bring such cool history and personal ones, the fond memories.

Online and in print:

Antique Motorcycle Club of America, Forum: “Reed Brothers was a pretty important local business owners in my area. The Reed Brothers, shown in the photo attached, are the two center riders with touring caps and ties started a garage in Rockville in 1915 and received a Dodge Motors contract to sell and service the new automobile….. Lewis was a pretty extraordinary amateur photographer.”

Meadow Brook Hall: For the second year, to show support to preserving the Dodge legacy, the author of this blog has “adopted” a Dodge car  — a 1915 Dodge Brothers Touring Car — one of the historic vehicles in the Meadow Brook Hall Dodge Brothers automobile collection. Meadow Brook Hall in Rochester Hills, Michigan was the estate of one of the world’s wealthiest and influential women of her time, Matilda Dodge Wilson. Matilda was the wife of John F. Dodge, co-founder of the Dodge Brothers Motor Car Company.

Meadow Brook Hall Adopt a Dodge

Photo courtesy of Meadow Brook Hall

The inscription on the Adoption Certificate reads:

adopted by Jeanne Gartner in memory of her grandfather, Lewis Reed, who founded Reed Brothers Dodge in Rockville, Maryland in October 1915.

The vehicle was adopted for a period of one year, beginning November 14, 2018 through November 13, 2019 (November 14 is the anniversary of the day John and Horace Dodge revealed their first car in 1914). The adoption will help Meadow Brook make necessary repairs, provide preventative maintenance and pay insurance for the Depot Hack, ensuring it’s there to inspire, educate and “drive” this and future generations. Lewis Reed is a perfect and most fitting parent.

“Just A Car Guy”: It’s pretty cool to see a well-known car blog like “Just A Car Guy” has noticed our history blog and has been sending visitors our way via a link on their page under, “Sites I recommend for their quality”: Reed Brothers Dodge History. I am proud and honored to be regarded among these terrific automotive websites.

On National Television!

  • Lewis Reed Photo Featured on Maryland Public Television (MPT): Lewis Reed’s aerial photograph of entire original Reed Brothers Dodge dealership at the intersection of Veirs Mill Road and Rockville Pike was used in the Maryland Farm & Harvest series which was aired on December 18, 2018 at 7:00 pm on MPT. The photo illustrated what Rockville Pike looked like at the time, during a segment about 97-year-old farmer Charles Koiner who grew up in the Rockville area.
Maryland Farm & Harvest

Screen shot of credits from Maryland Farm & Harvest video on MPT

  • Lewis Reed Photo on Discovery’s Science Channel, Impossible Engineering: A Lewis Reed’s photo from the 1923 Rockville Fair Auto Races was a part of the Episode 4 ‘London Array’ Series of Impossible Engineering that was broadcast on Thursday, January 24, 2019 on Discovery’s Science Channel. The photograph was used on the program that featured a segment on the development of the race car.
Impossible Engineering episode 4 London Array

Lewis Reed’s photo extracted from the Science Channel Impossible Engineering DVD

Last, but certainly not least, many thanks to all of you who have visited, followed, shared, or commented on this blog. I appreciate all of you for your continued support and making Reed Brothers Dodge History one of the places you visit during the course of your day.

thank you note


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About Reed Brothers

I am a co-owner of the former Reed Brothers Dodge in Rockville, Maryland. Lewis Reed, the founder of Reed Brothers Dodge was my grandfather. We were a family-owned and operated car dealership in Rockville for almost a century. I served in the United States Air Force for 30 years before retiring in the top enlisted grade of Chief Master Sergeant in July 2006. In 2016, I received the Arthur M. Wagman Award for Historic Preservation Communication from Peerless Rockville for documenting the history of Reed Brothers Dodge in both blog and book format. This distinguished honor recognizes outstanding achievement by writers, educators, and historians whose work has heightened public awareness of Rockville’s architectural and cultural heritage, growth and development.

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