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Bob Barrett

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  • Birthday 11/04/1949

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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. Thanks for the approximate measurements. It makes them even more amazing. Bob
  4. 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
  5. They predicted 3" to 6" for our part of New Hampshire but they were off a bit. We had 2'. We just missed the worst of it, as some nearby towns had 3 1/2'. I spent a couple of hours plowing and then came in for a mug of hot cider with a generous splash of brandy added. Good day!
  6. In a previous post, Terry gave a great example of how plugs can illustrate a progression in automotive history. Now, here’s a plug that illustrates world history. At the conclusion of the Franco-Prussian War in the 19th century, France lost control of the province of Alsace and about a third of the province of Lorraine to Germany. Years later, France regained control of them at the end of World War 1. When this happened, the Eyquem Spark Plug Co. (a major plug company in France) issued a special celebratory spark plug to mark the historic event. The plug was called the Eyquem Nationale. I
  7. Terry, Great stuff as usual. Picture number 2 gave me a good chuckle. Interesting steering wheel/wheels in pic number 3. Thanks, Bob
  8. I’ve seen a few posts like this before, and wanted to add one of mine from an old family album. I really enjoy these pictures from the time when automobiles were still a novelty to many Americans. At this point in time, everyone knew what they were, but many still did not own one. Photo opportunities like these were very popular at fairs and amusement parks, which shows the place that the rapidly advancing auto culture held at that point in time. This photo was taken at Coney Island, and the young lady behind the wheel is my Grandmother. Grandma always said that the picture was taken arou
  9. Hi Dodge 1934, The plugs that have survived with their boxes are indeed special. Now, more than ever before, plug collectors are displaying boxes as well as the plugs themselves. In my case, I’ve taken the plug boxes that actually show the plug itself, and given them their own display case. The graphics are just too good not to share! Bob
  10. This is taken from a 1960’s brochure for Wolverine work boots. It’s an interesting custom bodied Kissel light truck .
  11. These are a couple of publicity photos for an electric utility company. The utility is Rockland Light and Power Co. The photos were taken in Rockland County, NY, just north of New York City. Today, following a couple of corporate mergers over many decades, this company is part of ConEd; the New York metropolitan area utility giant. The first photo shows a portion of the company’s service fleet circa 1933. The sign on the truck which has become faded over the years reads, “AT YOUR SERVICE NIGHT AND DAY MEMBER OF THE N.R.A.”. ( National Recovery Administration) The signs on the cars are (
  12. Here are a couple of fobs that are considerably newer than those previously posted. I was a bit unsure whether or not to include them in the discussion. Finally, I decided that they illustrate how fobs have endured to this day, even though their practical day to day usage has almost completely disappeared. Both fall within the present day date guidelines of the club and are auto/motorcycle related, so here goes. The first was received when we bought our 1982 Chrysler LeBaron Mark Cross Edition convertible. Although I am not completely certain, I believe the number on the reverse side was
  13. Wayne, Wow, good eye! After assuming for many years that these were the same car in both photos, this is a bit of a surprise. I had noticed that the paint finish was better on the Ford, but it never occurred to me that they were different vehicles. I can indeed see some things that don't match up after closer examination . (I even cleaned my glasses first!) The vertical molding below the belt at the back of the car, rear window frame (bottom back corner), and the sweep of the rear body, from the belt down, are other things that I now notice. I'm glad that you enjoyed the photos, and
  14. Mark, You and Terry both mentioned the lack of any numbers on my brass Ford tag. Valid points which lead me to doubt that it is a tool check. Further reflection has me thinking more along the lines of “property markers”. Tags that would be fastened to items such as desks, chairs, shop equipment, etc. seem a bit more likely to me at the moment. I’m still not sure if I have an answer yet, but you guys have helped me narrow the possibilities down a bit more. Thanks for your comments. Bob
  15. Walt and Terry, These are very nice additions to the thread. They show two different eras, but also demonstrate how certain items continue to be relevant advertising over the span of decades. Walt, SERVICE is indeed a thing of the past in most instances where “service stations” are concerned. Far longer ago than I care to remember, I worked for a while at a Sunoco service station. Employees were issued company shirts to “look the part”, and when you worked at the pumps you were expected to wash the windshield and offer to check the oil as well as tire pressure. Since the most common
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