Detail of carriage steps in Ernie Thackery’s collection. One step carries the initials M&T accompanied by an image of an elephant. Ernie says some have speculated that it might be a step from a Mansur & Tebbetts White Elephant carriage. Alvah Mansur partnered with Charles Deere of John Deere Plow Co. on several business ventures in the late 1800s.
Photo by Leslie C. McManus