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  1. The "Army Corps of Engineers" was originally called the "United States Engineering Dept.". That would account for the clothing worn by the people in the photo as well as the "Engineering Dept." logo on the car.
  2. Great stuff from all who have contributed so far! Alsancle - I had forgotten about the "Cannonball" competitions that began in the late 60's (as you noted). They are exactly the type of thing that I was hoping for with this thread. Thank you, Bob
  3. Thanks guys, lots of interesting facts "right out of the gate"on 60's electrics. When viewed from current times, I find it interesting to see some of the mid-century building blocks that have led to where we are today. Even experiments that failed are still part of the process, and some ideas were simply ahead of the available technology at the time. wws944 - Lots of great information. It's easy to see that you are more than a little interested in EVs and have quite a bit of historical background information cached. Rusty - Thank you. I have read a bit on the Electric Shopper, but the Henney Kilowatt is new to me. Much appreciated! It's nice to think that having some of this information gathered here may help to preserve a tiny bit of history. The more places that these stories are held, the more secure they are in the historical record. Bob
  4. I recently posted a 1963 newspaper article on the 1912 Baker solar powered thread. When I did, I also found another electric car article in my files from 1960. Electric cars were apparently a topic of considerable interest at the time. I have decided to post it as a new topic rather than drifting off topic on the Baker thread. I would be interested to hear any recollections or other related thoughts on the electric powered experimental car scene from the early 1960's. Enjoy the article. Bob
  5. I saw this post, and it rang a bell. I checked my files and found this newspaper article that I saved, back in 1963, about a solar powered Baker Electric. Seems like it's probably the same car. It's not much help regarding its current whereabouts, but adds a bit of history on an interesting vehicle. Hopefully, it can be blown up big enough to be read. Bob
  6. Thanks Walt. The "NO TRESPASSING" sign has a personal element, as do the majority of items in my collection. I suspect that this is the case for many of us. Each piece evokes memories when we pause to look at them. It is all part of the collecting experience. In the 1970's, my wife and I bought the remains of a victorian era farm house and some acreage in Orange County, NY. It had not been improved with any amenities since the 1890's, nor had it been maintained since the late 1950's. We made it livable (barely) in a few months. This was the beginning of a 40 year project that could only be attempted by 2 naive 20-something history lovers. After 40 years the house was added to the National Register of Historic Places, we retired, and built a new home in northern New England. That sign was posted on the old property. It was painted by hand on wood, decades before we came along, apparently by a professional sign maker. Saying that looking at it conjures up memories would be a gross understatement! Bob
  7. Nice ad Walt! Ford memorabilia is probably the most gigantic subset of all. However, staying with strictly "french Ford" items, here's my contribution. It's a large porcelain dealer sign that may have hung on the place where you went to buy your can of Kervoline. I believe that it is an older piece by several years, but would quite possibly still have been in place in the 1930's. The sign company's name is in the lower corner in very small letters, followed by "Paris". I really love the whole memorabilia topic. There are no limits! Bob
  8. Hello Nico, The Mesaco Muse Horn model that you are asking about appears to fit the early BMW 2002 models from the 1960's before they changed over to 12 volts. I believe that Mesaco is a trade name for the Meiji Sangyo Company of Japan who have been in the auto parts business since 1933. This information is the result of some very fast research on my part, but I believe it to be reasonably correct. Bob
  9. Terry, That is truly a great horn! It's an outstanding piece of early auto history. Bob
  10. Today, while searching for something in the garage, I found another type of "noise maker" to add to the mix. It's another type of whistle, this time though it works on vacuum. It has no maker markings and is a bit shabby, but it works great. More fun! Bob
  11. Just a couple of additions to the bulb tin topic. First 2 are a tin with spares to carry in the glove box. The third is of various early bulbs in their original paper/cardboard wrappers.
  12. c49er, I'm glad that you spotted your resurrected old thread. I hoped that you would see it and that we'd both learn something about our horns. Have great day! Bob
  13. I occasionally see a post where folks bemoan the fact that people ask a question and then never follow up if/when they find an answer. So.......here's "the rest of the story". These horns were apparently made by E.A. Laboratories in Brooklyn, NY. ca. 1940's. Some examples that I found had identifying decals on the relays which may well have worn off on my set. E.A. Laboratories was the leader in musical auto horns at that time, as well as supplying most of the major auto makers with a wide variety of horns, windshield wipers, heaters, etc. I found a history of the company on The Classic and Antique Bicycle Exchange forum: thecabe.com/forum/threads/good-ea-laboratories-article.153493/ . It's an interesting piece of automobile industry history. Incidentally, these 5 trumpet sets seem to be difficult to find. The hours of research digging for information turned up a number of 3 and a few 4 trumpet sets. However, only 1 incomplete 5 trumpet set showed up (the only one I've found after many years of searching). Although I expect that there are more out there considering the size of the manufacturer. That's about it, but I would still welcome any additional facts. Thanks, Bob
  14. Craig, I can't say for sure if it was used for something other than a car, although if the 4 trumpet horns were for a car, why not add one more to the line-up. LOL Hopefully, someone will come up with an original ad or something to answer that possibility. Thanks. Jack M., You're right. I made my keyboard with 6 buttons in case I wanted a button to hit all 5 at once, or if I needed one to turn power on to a separate horn circuit. On the set that you removed from your car (nice ride!), were they 5 trumpet? Also, the possible Sears connection is interesting. Thanks! Bob
  15. I'm resurrecting this old post because I hope to find info. on a very similar 5 trumpet horn set that I posted a picture of in the Memorabilia section here last month. I posted it under my topic of "Noisemakers". Mine is very possibly by the same manufacturer, but is also unmarked (may have had a decal at one time?). It was purchased (used) by me in the late 70's at Hershey, and is the only 5 trumpet set of this type that I've ever seen. At 16 pounds it would need a real sturdy place to mount! I've made a new keyboard for it to replace the missing one, and someday hope to install it on my "driver" 1937 Terraplane. Anything regarding identification, wiring, or other helpful info. would be truly appreciated! Thanks, Bob
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