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John OLeary

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  1. Walt - Austie Clark, Briggs Cunningham, Ed Jurist (Vintage Car Store), Peter Helck, Ken Purdy and Alec Ulmann were just a few of Gus Reuter's clients. I have many old great photos of the L.I. Auto Museum as well as cars like Austie Clark's 1933 Pierce-Arrow (Silver Arrow) at Reuter's Coach Works in the 1950's'. Peter - thanks for the link to the Vancouver Archives. My research has taken me to some great places (like the NYC public library) and has introduced me to some fascinating people with incredible stories. Attached is image of James Melton (and his two dogs: 'Socks' the Bosto
  2. Bob, Great to hear from you. I was recently send an old image of Melton's Hupmobile on display at the Melton Museum from 1951 and reminded me of my visit to see you. I am working with both the Norwalk Historical Society and the Connecticut Historical Society in hopes of being able to visually display the images and other materials Iike an old 'Melton Museum' shirt from a former employee I have uncovered in my research. -John
  3. The James Melton Autorama in Hypoluxo ,FL (1953 - 1961) was quite a place and I am researching it as well. Please see attached image. I have corresponded with several who visited (as well as some who worked at both the Melton Museum or the Autorama). Melton wanted Gus Reuter to moved from the Bronx, NY down to Florida but he wound up declining Melton's offer. Many people have old slides, candid photos, concert programs, etc. of James Melton from their parents and grandparents but are not sure what to do with them. I visited Melton's daughter Margo last summer and she is thrilled th
  4. I am working on a book project about James Melton and famed automobile restorer Gus Reuter (my wife is Gus' granddaughter). In search of old photos, slides, letters, etc. related to James Melton or Gus Reuter to enhance my research. By 1948, James Melton ‘America’s Favorite Tenor’ had assembled one of the country’s prized collections of antique cars – models ranging from the lumbering, unwieldy vehicles of 1896 to such novelties as New York’s first horseless hansom cab into the James Melton Museum in Norwalk, Connecticut. Melton was a famed opera and radio singer as well as the fo
  5. I am working on a book project about James Melton and famed automobile restorer Gus Reuter (my wife is Gus' granddaughter). In search of old photos, slides, letters, etc. related to James Melton or Gus Reuter to enhance my research. By 1948, James Melton ‘America’s Favorite Tenor’ had assembled one of the country’s prized collections of antique cars – models ranging from the lumbering, unwieldy vehicles of 1896 to such novelties as New York’s first horseless hansom cab into the James Melton Museum in Norwalk, Connecticut. Melton was a famed opera and radio singer as well as the fo
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