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Bob Barrett

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  • Birthday 11/04/1949

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  1. 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
  2. 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 att
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. Terry, That is truly a great horn! It's an outstanding piece of early auto history. Bob
  6. 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
  7. 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.
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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 m
  12. Here’s a new variety of collectibles for this category. I really enjoy the many different ways that automobilists have found to make noise out on the road. Whether the reason was warning signals, emergencies, relieving exhaust back pressure for more power, or just plain fun; the myriad inventions are fantastic. These are some examples from my Noise Maker Collection. Horns (warning): Photos #1 #2. Hand operated “push type” horn. Photos #3 #4. Hand operated “twist type” horns Emergency: Photo #5. Hand cranked siren (Federal brand) Power: Photo
  13. Here’s a couple of photos from one of our old family albums. The first is dated 1926. I think that it is a REO Model T-6. It may be a 1926 model, but I really don’t know how to tell the year of the vehicle. The second photo might be a 1937 Plymouth (first year with a vent window). I really like the side profile of this one. Neither one of these are high-end classics, but they would surely be typical of what you would have seen on the road back “in the day”. Bob
  14. Thanks for the approximate measurements. It makes them even more amazing. Bob
  15. Terry, These are indeed beautiful little works of art. You say that they are "quite small miniatures". I'm curious as to how small. Rough measurements would be greatly appreciated. Thanks, Bob
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