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  1. Here are photos and further information about the car. A descendant of Helmke, who now lives on Mount Desert Island, Maine, is hoping to locate the car. Thank you for your interest. Roberto
  2. Trying to trace the current owner of this 1934 Studebaker President. Serial number 7045706. Was purchased from James Helmke by Joseph Ferraro in 1965. Any leads would be most appreciated. Roberto
  3. Trying to trace the current owner of this 1934 Studebaker President. Serial number 7045706. Was purchased from James Helmke by Joseph Ferraro in 1965. Any leads would be most appreciated. Roberto
  4. The photo shows what is purported to be an 1899 Serial No. 1 Locomobile (Stanley). The photo was taken in 1948 at the home of Edwin Battison in Windsor, Vermont. Yes, the car still exists as does an early Stanley that climbed Mount Washington on August 31, 1949, in 4 hours 40 minutes. Battison and his automobiles make for a fascinating read... https://www.battisonmuseum.org/copy-of-cast-of-character-part-1---mentoring I do hope his collection is saved. (Ed Battison was the founder of the American Precision Museum in Windsor, VT., where I served as executive director served as the museum's first executive director after Battison's tenure ended.)
  5. With many thanks to all for your help... Confirmed, 1913 Studebaker. This research was for the Revelsoke (BC) Museum and Archives in response to this email message: "What can you tell me about this car? That is Hector McKinnon driving, and the boy in the middle is probably Archie McKinnon, who was born in 1907 or 1908. We are thinking of using this photo in our upcoming Mount Revelstoke exhibit." The Museum & Archives is delighted and sends its thanks. Cheers, Roberto
  6. That bulbous cowl is driving me crazy... I know I have seen a car with a cowl like this before but I can't remember what it is! Help with identifying the car, year, make, model would be most appreciated.
  7. Great provenance... Thought you would enjoy seeing these photos of the three owners of the 1917 Crane-Simplex at the Seal Cove Auto Museum. 1. The car parked in the portico of Tor Court, the home of its original owner Evaline Kimball Salisbury. 2. The car with its second owner Pauline Snook, on tour in Springfield, Massachusetts. 3. The car as it looks today since its acquisition by its third owner *Richard C. Paine Jr., for his Seal Cove Auto Museum. * Richard C. Paine Jr. Automobile Charitable Trust. The Crane-Simplex is in original, unrestored, condition with the initials E.K.S. (Evaline Kimball Salisbury) still visible on the back doors. Crane Model 5, serial number 2308, 46 HP. Coachwork by C.P. Kimball.
  8. Here is the background on the VMCCA film. Thanks to Barbara Fox and the Seal Cove Auto Museum for having the original footage copied and made available. Northeast Historic Film PO Box 900 85 Main Street Bucksport, Maine 04416 Identifier 8996 Collection Bradley, Cameron Collection Date(s) 1939 Can Descriptions Amateur footage. Family's viewing notes as follows (reel titles in quotes are based on can/box notes, reel letters are NHF-assigned.) U. 'CB First Meet 1939.' Scene of the program guide for the first meet of the Veteran Motor Car Club of America (VMCCA) at Raceland. A track at Framingham, MA. The VMCCA offered opportunities for antique car owners to gather and participate in various events and share their interest in antique automobiles. Scenes of an antique car parade at Raceland including different makes such as Stanley Steamer, Crane Simplex, Benz, International, Orient Buckboard, Chase truck, Mercer, Locomobile, Mercedes and Renault. Scenes of antique cars driving over sandbags. Scenes of antique cars on the teeterboard where the drivers had to try to balance the cars. Scene of a fire fighting demonstration with an antique fire truck. Scene of an antique motorcycle. Scene of an antique bicycle. Scene of an antique car with its engine on fire. Scenes of the antique cars going around the track. Scenes of the obstacle course event with cars navigating around a snow fence. Scenes of an antique racing car race. Scenes of cars navigating the obstacle course. More scenes of antique car parades. NHF cataloguing notes for Reel U: CU program of event booklet: First Annual Fall Meet of Horseless Carriages. Shot of American Flag, tilt down flag pole and pan across location. Pan of trophy table including massive globe trophy. Pan along line of 1900s-1930s cars, woman in period costume also seen. MS of three wheeled car jerking forward. Cars waved off from line with flag on parade lap. Shots of individual cars moving on lawns including Model T Ford, Stanley Steamer. Man trying to start Benz at rear. People dressed in early 1900s costume. Cars with wooden wheels. Spoked wheels. All painted with a number. Cars driving over sand bags. Cars driving onto swing ramp. One car slips back down. Man in 20 foot car maneuvers slowly up it. Car tries to balance at top of sea-saw balance built for these cars. One says F.E.Merrill on the side. Early veteran car drives past man dressed in period policeman's uniform standing by Penny Farthing bicycle. Shot of Mercer. Firetruck show: A 'fire' by the trackside is attended by vintage fire engine and period dressed firemen one of whom 'succumbs' to fumes and is carried away by stretcher. Crowd watches. MD smoke and flame coming from stationary car engine is quenched by driver with fire extinguisher. Period firemen arrive with their fire truck. Crowd gathers around. (Seems more genuine than first fire.) Cars and buggies racing with passengers mostly in costume. Car takes checkered flag. Shot of Mercedes (possibly car shown in Reel I now with bodywork). Shot of circa 1908 Grand Prix Renault. Rolling start to Grand Prix car race with Renault, FIAT, Mercedes, Mercer, Locomobile (?). FIAT winner (?), stationary at commentary box. Shot of engine of Locomobile (?). Shot of group of old bicycles. Ground shot up through spokes of earliest bicycles. Cars driving through slalom course marked by crates with tea trays. Car knocks over every obstacle. More shots of cars passing camera, also early bicycles. (51:21). Biographical/Historical Notes Cameron Bradley was the owner of Winter Harbor Maine Trading Corporation in Winter Harbor, Maine. He was also a founding member of the Veteran Motor Car Club of America and a founder and director of the Wolfpen Antique Automotive Museum, in Southborough, Massachusetts. The Veteran Motor Car Club of America (VMCCA) was founded in December of 1938 when twelve men met at the Hotel Statler in Boston, Massachusetts, and formulated plans for the Club. The Club was incorporated in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in May of 1940 as a non-profit organization. During the war years of 1941-45 participation in antique car activities was slight. In 1946, however, the VMCCA again became active and organized the first revival of the turn of the century Glidden Tours, which has been held annually ever since. The club has 5,000 members throughout the world.
  9. Here are some more photos of the former Dundee, Giroux, 1910 White MM Steamer... Owner Rolan Giroux with the car on the 1965 cover of "The Steam Automobile." After the tragic death of Giroux's wife and son in an automobile accident, his White Steamers were put on sale as advertised in "The Steam Automobile." Richard C. paine Jr., would have acquired the MM at this time. The 1910 as it looks on display at the Seal Cove. (Richard C. Paine Jr. Automobile Charitable rust)
  10. Since the topic is "Then and now: where did these prewar cars go?" I can tell you that we display several gems at the Seal Cove Auto Museum that were once owned by pioneers of the old car hobby. James Melton: 1913 Peugeot Skiff with coachwork by Labourdette and Melton's 1909 Pierce Arrow. Bill Harrah: 1915 F.R.P. Henry Austin Clark Jr.'s:1904 Knox and 1912 Thomas Flyer. John Hebden (George Waterman): 1908 Model K Ford. Briggs Cunningham' (Larz Anderson): 1911 American Underslung. Dr. Samual Scher: 1904 Cadillac and 1905 Pierce Great Arrow. George Waterman, Jhon Hebden, and Bill Pollock: 1904 Searchmont. Thompson Products Auto Album: 1907 Holsman. Roger Cutting: 1921 Mercer. Sam Tarnapol: 1904 Pope Hartford. Henry C. Wing: 1911 Stanley. Horns’ Cars of Yesterday: 1909 Stevens-Duryea. Roland Giroux: 1910 White MM. Paul Cadwel: 1900 Locomobile. Murchio's Auto Museum: 1901 DeDion Motorette. Frank and Pauline Snook: 1917 Crane-Simplex Ray Rogers and Joel Finn: 1909 Stoddard-Dayton discussed earlier in this topic. Some of these names are more familiar than others, but all were familiar in the late 1930s through the early 1960s You can see these cars at the Seal Cove Auto Museum (www.sealcoveautomuseum.org) If you would like more information about any of these cars, send me an email to: curator@sealcoveautomuseum.org Roberto
  11. Happy to confirm that the ex-Rogers, ex-Finn, Stoddard Dayton is the same car as the one in the Seal Cove Auto Museum.
  12. Chris, I stand corrected, although it shares similarities to a Locomobile, it is indeed a Peerless. Well done!
  13. Looks like a Locomobile (Model 38, or 48) to me... The fender line looks early (1909-1912), but the headlight and cowl lights are electric... Most likely converted from carbide.
  14. Looking for rings and pistons for the Seal Cove Auto Museum's 1921 Series 5 Sporting Model Mercer. (Pictured above in my August 30, 2016 posting) Any leads would be most appreciated. You can contact me via my museum email... Curator@sealcoveautomuseum.org
  15. Chuck... Any recollections of doing a Rauch & Lang electric. As you may remember, we have a R&L that came from Dr. Scher who may have gotten it from Melton. (Photo shows it when Melton owned it)