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  1. Thanks for all the help folks! It will be a big help in convincing my supervisor to give me some labor to clear this out, catalog it all and then put it back--for now--in better order. The crew had only a couple of days to clear out the buildings it all came from and no time to sort. There are also a couple of Fordson tractors, I've dated one to 1919, and some early Ingersoll-Rand generators. I found business signs from the 1897-98 Klondike Gold Rush, stampeder supplies (big containers of dried onions, never opened and smelling of onions), gold pans, you name it, Rapuzzi collected it. I will try to separate the especially good stuff from the not so interesting stuff this summer.
  2. George Rapuzzi, who collected all this, left an estimated 450,000 items in his various storage buildings. Mind you, that's counting every nut and bolt.
  3. More photographs from the storage space. Next time I visit Skagway I'll separate out the auto parts and photograph each one.
  4. No idea what the motor is. The guy who collected this stuff had an association with the local Ford dealer--found some invoices here. I won't have a chance to rephotograph this until summer, but I will separate the various parts and photograph them when I can.
  5. Thanks very much, I'll note that.
  6. Recognize any of these parts? From an enormous collection of auto parts in Skagway, Alaska. I hope to sort these in July.
  7. This photo is of some auto parts in storage at Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park, in Skagway, Alaska. The guy who owned these never threw anything away and his storage buildings were filled with auto parts, along with many other cool things--and plenty of just trash. The first photo is of what I think are hub caps, one Nash and one ?. The other two are of parts that were half buried in a yard. I've identified the axle as made by Essex Motors--it's on the hubcap. Any suggestions about dates, etc? I'll post more photographs of engines, etc. later. Thanks.
  8. Are those spoked wheels? And when did whitewalls become available? Also, that is not a railroad crossing in the foreground--the railroad was a block east and a spur line was 2 blocks south. Dunno what it is.
  9. We've dated the other buildings in the photograph. The coca cola sign on the building at left is from an early 1930s ad campaign. Unfortunately, that just means the photograph has to be about 1930 or after. Which is nice to know, but not precise enough. And, of course, dating the car gives us an 'earliest possible' date. Though now I'm after the car make because it is very possible parts from this car are still in storage in Skagway. The guy who owned the building NEVER threw anything away. I've indentified auto parts found in the back of the buildings as from Essex Motors 1918-1922, for example. When his buildings and collections were donated to the National Park Service, the curators estimated they contained 450,000 artifacts--estimated!
  10. Not a bad idea, but this is in a National Park. Just imagine the red tape to cut down a tree here! The trees are still there.
  11. After looking at many pics of cars, this really looks like a 1929 Packard, but I'm far from sure.
  12. No building on that lot other than the one in sight. Maybe the wood pile. And they do get plenty of snow. Probably not enough to damage a car, though. Note the steep pitch to the roof, it sheds snow before it can build up much. A railroad car? The tires look like whitewall. But the owner of the lot did work for the railroad.
  13. The building has not fallen on the car, though I'll agree it looks like it. The building, which was the first YMCA in Alaska, is still there. We found some of the original exercise equipment, and the floor still had paint on it for games--haven't figured out which games yet. Interesting structure, though the outside looks like crap. The National Park Service is stabilizing it so it doesn't fall down and will eventually restore it, along with the neighboring structure. They were donated to the NPS, along with the money for at least the initial work. Right now, the YMCA is jacked up so archeologists can get at the ground and a new foundation put in.
  14. Skagway was wired for electricity right after the town got started--1898 or so. Telephones too. I've seen some of the telephone equipment.
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