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md murray

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  1. WAY BACK IN 1904 As the sun broke through the mists low on the Hudson river, in the early hours of October 31, 1904, Albany emerged from within doors. Not the Albany that had retired the night before, but a new populace that had cast care to the four winds, put on the motley black and orange of the “little folk,” doffed dignity for a space and returned to the naivete of their forefathers. Ceremony went hand in hand with hilarity, and townspeople ran the streets with country folk who had come from far and near, ail converging on the capital for the coronation of Queen Titania, “undoubted Queen of All Hallow E’en.” -Fun times...just a bunch of stuff you probably couldn't pull off these days. Pictures of automobiles decorated for parade , winter carnival etc. this would make a cool thread.
  2. Not to get too far off topic but Hastens, a Swedish mattress company sent me a catalog. They use horsehair and their process is pretty fascinating to read about . I was really interested in one until I found out they start around $40000! Gulp. https://www.townandcountrymag.com/style/home-decor/a34194620/hastens-mattress-swedish-royals/ Here's a $390k model they made! It must be good stuff
  3. I was talking w/ a well-know corvette expert and he happened to tell me all about Governor Rockefeller's Maharani maroon '58 Eldorado Brougham w/ faux straw-colored rattan roof. This guy is not impressed easily but it left a lasting impression on him for life. He vividly the remembers the car as a kid and was trying to explain to me what a big deal the car was at that time - just over the top. Nelson had special parking for the car in the infield of the Saratoga Race Course and Everybody knew when he was there.
  4. I have a pic of a 1942 sales receipt from a New Jersey car lot for a Murphy Model J conv/coupe for $105 and an photo of the car at the time of sale showing it to be pretty decent. Apples and Oranges comparison but I would wager $45 for the White based on this.
  5. I believe it was Pollard's son that the AACA interviewed and did something like a 6 part series spread out over the 2012 or 2013 issues. Anybody familiar with these? I for one would love to go back and read through them.
  6. Was just reading a wiki article on Aloha Baker and it mentioned that the "Little Lizzie" Model T she drove around the world and donated to the Henry Ford Museum was scrapped along 50 other cars in 1942 for the war effort. A link to another article shows a letter written to Ms. Baker by the curator of the transportation collections of the museum in 1979 explaining that Mr Ford had ordered vehicles that he deemed of "marginal historical importance" to be transferred to the highland park plant and scrapped. Anybody ever heard of this? Hopefully Henry didn't scrap anything earlier than this car.
  7. I didn't quite understand what you were referring to but now I get it. I agree. Here's a 1910 w Ty Cobb and family
  8. That's exactly what the old guy used it for- it was perfect for pulling marine engines out of mahogany boats. It's funny, that guy in the picture is remembered for some of the neat cars he owned but very few people realize how truly spectacular the wooden boats were that he owned over the years.
  9. Some nice older shots of these used cars in action.
  10. My apologies for the limited photos- I'm posting this for someone. Interested parties DM and I can put you in contact. Upstate New York, interesting history and would look cool in anybody's yard (except mine as the wife has informed me). Boom looks to be manufactured and rest seems to be largely handmade? Mounted on big long, long Buick chassis. Several people have attempted to purchase over the yrs but unfortunately contact info never taken. $1000 buys it right now, it has to go!
  11. It looks like the gentleman that organizes this is currently on tour again (w/ his Mercer) and posting pictures/videos daily on instagram. It looks pretty spectacular and the cars on tour appear to be top shelf. His account is 'steamfins'
  12. It's perfect! I believe to the photographer's credit it's meant to be a sort of symbolic juxtaposition. Outside the confines of it's own posh garage it was not a happy world that this vehicle existed in. That's probably just about what the rest of the country looked like to the swells that had the nerve to drive that car around during the depths of the depression... I can't help but always look at a magnificent car like this from that era and surmise that at one point in it's life the poor car probably had some tin cans/rocks thrown at it as it was driving by. That being said, god bless those swells and every ostentatious dollar they spent on wonderful machines like this!
  13. I remember this car, blue I think with all original interior.
  14. Thank you for posting this photo. I don't know what you call it but the more the rear wheel on a pre-war car is tucked into the fender well the more I seem to like it. The further the better...like a plunging neckline. 😉
  15. Anybody have a full picture of that Murphy body Hudson? I came up empty trying to search the web.
  16. What a great car! -Where's all the guys that we always hear complain on this forum about nice old cars being too expensive to play with these days?😛
  17. That's all I remember about the 900 from reading the Kimes Packard book many yrs ago. People loved it but it proved a little too cannibalistic for the brand.
  18. Ha! I find this to be totally hilarious but it's also probably a brilliant move on Mecum's part.
  19. Hey here's a fun one! I realize it's smaller but certainly a rare roadster. https://www.bonhams.com/auctions/26618/lot/206/?category=list&length=96&page=3
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