By 1914, driving an automobile was becoming easy. The entire family could operate one with little effort, as indicated in the artwork gracing the cover of the Chicago Tribune’s 1914 Automobile Show section. The show featured 75 gas powered and 10 battery powered vehicles. On the right is the decal for the 1914 National Auto Shows in New York and in Chicago, each organized and managed by Samuel A. Miles.
In 1914, the Coliseum was decorated for the Chicago Auto Show to resemble palaces of Louis XIV. A total of 500 vehicles from 75 gasoline and 10 electric manufacturers were displayed. Exposed powertrains demonstrated the latest mechanical improvements and decorative pedestals marked the narrow aisles.
Woods Motor Vehicle Co. displayed its 1915 model Woods Electric at the 1914 show, and emphasized it was a year ahead of other electric cars. New design elements include a lowered battery hood that merged with the body, and doors wider and higher than ever before. Interiors feature soft cushions and large revolving chairs.