Charles Duryea's daughter Rhea at the tiller of a Duryea three-wheeler, in City Park, Reading, Pa, circa 1905.
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A young lady in an automobile.

Credit: Courtesy of the Boyertown Museum of Historic Vehicles

In the early 1900s, Rhea Duryea driving around the racing track in Reading's City Park was a familiar sight. Rhea helped her father test his cars, and after learning how to start a car with a crankshaft, became one of the testers: "I seldom drove the same car twice," she later recalled. "The cars were made to sell and were shipped as soon as they were road-tested, painted, and upholstered."

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