In the early days of automobiles, three modes of propulsion were available: steam, gas and electric. It was still undecided which was superior. The 1902 Locomobile is a steam-powered, two-cylinder automobile. A fire-tube boiler in the back of the vehicle makes steam to power the engine. It has tiller steering like the 1901 Curved Dash Oldsmobile, elliptical leaf springs and a chain drive. The instruments and lamps are plated with nickel. Patent leather fenders add to the Locomobile's beauty and refinement. The 1902 Locomobile was deliberately turned on its side by a previous owner to halt its backward descent and so required a complete restoration. The Locomobile Company of America was founded by John Walker, publisher of Cosmopolitan magazine. He bought the Stanley brothers' steam-car design along with the promise the brothers would leave the production of automobiles for a year. And they did, but they would make quite a comeback. Locomobiles have been featured in novels and films throughout the years, including F Scott Fitzgerald's This Side of Paradise.