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Terry Bond

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  1. I never really kept track. Meeting them was important, but after a while I came to realize they are just like all of us, and it's the love of the automobile that brings us together. First time i ever really noticed I was in the company of someone "famous" was at a swap meet in Michigan many years ago. I'd made the rounds and had a bag stuffed with spark plugs, a nice brass lamp, and a few other trinkets. The big brass multiple twist horn wouldn't fit so I carried it. While headed back to the car to dump my stuff off to make another round, a guy behind me remarked - "wow, that's a neat horn." We stopped, and sat at a nearby picnic table to empty our bags and talk about our treasures. I learned a lot about that horn- it was made in France in the very early 1900s. In turn, I drooled over a fabulous early brass sidelight in his bag. After talking at length about our hobbies, collecting spark plugs, etc, the guy said I needed to come visit him and look over his collection. He handed me a card and then realized I was talking with Dick Teague-a legend in the old car hobby, and of course a famed designer with a long heritage in the automobile industry. There were others - Austie Clark, Beverly Rae-Kines, and so many others. Even the late Tom Gerrard was someone who just came over and sat with us at a dinner table somewhere at an AACA meet. It was only later that I learned who he was. It doesn't matter, really. We all had fun, and the memories will indeed last forever. Terry
  2. Joel, missed seeing you (and the car) at New Ulm. The cars there on Friday in the nice air-conditioned Civic Center were fantastic. The parking lot outside was almost a car show all on its own! You need to join AACA so you can keep track of the activities. Plenty of shows, tours and even the local region there in MN is very active and I'm sure would be a great club to belong to. Lots going on with AACA, and if ever want to attend an AACA show, remember-no admission! You can come and enjoy the cars, or if you are a member, you can enter your car by registering in advance. There are lots of options too - Drivers Participation, Historic Preservation, and then class judging for the most prestigious awards in the old car hobby. There are also usually other activities scheduled as a part of these events, like tours through private car collections not usually open to the public, museums, historic sites, special dinners, etc. etc. So-join and enjoy the fun. Any chance you will be going to Hershey in October? Terry
  3. Interesting print - we all know drinking and driving is a no-no, but there was a time when a beer and an automobile apparently mixed well. A lot of early advertising for beer appeared in the early 1900s that featured automobiles. This one is interesting. Not long ago I found a copy of the print, without any advertising printed on it. This past week while in New Ulm MN for the AACA Grand National we took a tour through the Schell Brewery there and I was amazed to see this wonderful print used to advertise their beer. An original hangs in their museum but a reprint poster was available in the gift shop. I don't usually buy modern reprints but this was too nice to pass up. I've not framed my original print yet so can do both of these to match and display them together. Oh-the beer was great too! Terry
  4. This has been a fantastic forum. I've added several places to my list of car museums to visit as we travel. There are others I've already seen numerous times, but enjoy going back because the mix continually changes. Some others are going to get by-passed because the mix of cars, or the overall focus isn't of great interest to me. A few evenings ago, one of our club members gave a presentation on the Louwman Museum in the Netherlands and it's instantly jumped to the top of my bucket list. It all makes me curious though - how do you evaluate automobile museums? Personally I like more history of the automobile, earlier cars, and plenty of appropriate automobilia. I really don't care how many Duesenbergs are on display. I love to see original unrestored cars displayed, and I really like plenty of information about the cars, especially info on a particular vehicle's history-where and how it was discovered, etc. I'm not that excited about hot-rods or customs, although they certainly have their place in the "history" of the automobile hobby. Some concept cars are pretty exciting, but with most, it's quite obvious why it never went into production. Nice clean easily accessible exhibits are important to me. I've been in "museums" where you could write your name in the dust on the cars that were sitting on flat tires. I like to be able to see engines, and interiors with plenty of room to get good photos. I've been to places where their exhibits are just lines of cars packed in so tightly you can't even get between them. (maybe we need a separate category for "Worst Museum" too?) So-when you visit a museum, what's the criteria that you use to evaluate it. What makes it enjoyable, and what switches you off? Terry
  5. 100% right-collect because you really love what you collect!!! Terry
  6. OK, tell us about your Jag first. This forum will be better solving your problem than recommending the product. Terry
  7. Bottom two certainly look questionable to me. I'd want an in person look before spending any $, but then soft-drink/soda isn't my area of interest and I don't have a knowledge base there. What do the back sides look like? My concerns are they look too good, but could be NOS? It's a hot area of collecting right now so there is good reason for the scammers and bandits to rip folks off. How are they priced? if too good to be true, it just might be. Who is the dealer - reputable? Personally these days I'd rather hold them in my hand. Even that can be chancy unless you've had some experience holding the real thing.
  8. We finally got our look at this fabulous place, thanks to Mike Haag of the Tidewater Region AACA. He provided a fascinating look through pictures from his visit. This was a great beginning to our return to normal with a well attended dinner at the Chesapeake Conference Center. Mike delivered a really interesting commentary. The museum is not only filled with great cars, but also a wonderful collection of automobilia. It does a remarkable job presenting the history of the automobile. I know it's a long way from here but it's on our bucket list Terry
  9. I already had the girl and she drives an MG. Here she is giving our Daughter a ride. Terry
  10. The Dort paperweight has the small rounded feet but no other markings on it to indicate the maker. Here is a photo of the back. The Paige paperweight has no feet and no other markings on the back-just plain. Don't know who made them. Could have been W&H but always thought they marked their items? Terry
  11. Pull up a chair, pour a wee dram of good single malt Scotch and slide back in time with me to 1973. The U.S. Navy had us stationed in Scotland, and in our spare time, we traveled many winding back roads, through small villages soaking up as much history and local flavor as we could during our three year visit there. Yes, I was collecting automobilia even back then, and small country garages in out-of-the-way places were favorite stops. What I saw was often captured in photographs. Some things I managed to bring home, but much was simply not available. On one weekend trip near Loch Ness, on a corner descending a hill, I spotted an old garage almost hidden under a highway overpass. It took a while, but we eventually found some roads leading to a small village with a single road going through. The town was ancient, and after little exploring, we followed that road to a dead-end. At that road's end was the old garage. When the newer highway was put in, the road through town was cut off and that garage became isolated along with the rest of the village. Time had also passed this old garage. It was still adorned with early porcelain signs, and demanded a closer look. An early Bowser gas pump leaned slightly and obviously had not been used in ages. As we approached the building we could see the garage door was open a crack, and someone was working inside. An elderly gentleman was working on bicycles. An old wood stove kept the chill off. After getting over his surprise seeing a "Yank" in the doorway, we struck up a conversation - first about his memories from the WWII era when American soldiers were often seen in the area. Like a lot of others of that generation, he was forever grateful for the contributions the American's made to the survival of Great Britain. Curiosity for my interest in early automobiles gave him the opportunity to let me learn the history of that old garage. His father had started the business for wagon repair and blacksmithing. By 1907 he was repairing automobiles. Glued to the wood slat back wall of the garage were the shredded remains of an old poster advertising the Scottish made Argyle automobile dating to the 1900s. He showed me where roof beams had been cut away to bring a tall limousine into the building for repairs. The place was an Aladdin's cave of discarded brass lamps, wood coils, early spoke wheels, rusting tools, and boxes of wonderful things from the teens. New unused clincher tyres (correctly spelled!) hung from pegs along the wall. I did not take photos and did not risk our new friendship by asking to buy things. My memory captured the images, the smells, and the stories that day. We had to go back, and within a few months we did that. Now too cold to work in the shop, we entered the front office. Another old wood stove warmed the small room. The shelves there contained treasures. A pile of old service manuals and owners brochures for cars like De Dion Bouton, were piled high at the end of the counter. Shelves behind the cash register had small metal strips attached to them advertising "Clincher tyres" "Carbide for Motor Lamps" and "Lodge Spark Plugs." We sat back into a couple of old chairs beside the stove and as we talked, I glanced up into the open rafters. There was some kind of old sign laying face-down across the opening and I could make out some red lettering at one end - "P&H Lamps." On this visit, I was given a small burlap sack filled with old spark plugs from the scrap bin. The owner was amazed at my interest in them. But-in the Navy, duty-stations do change, and upon learning we would soon return to the United Sates, one last visit to say goodby was necessary. We left, with just the story, some plugs, a few great memories, and a wonderful friendship. Fast forward a few years. After completing four years stationed in the Baltimore, Md area, we had a second chance to return to Scotland for another tour of duty there. It was a fantastic time, picking up where we left off with the antique car club there, seeing old friends again, and exploring. One of our first stops was a return visit to that old garage. Not much had changed except the weeds surrounding it. The old guy was still fixing bicycles for the neighborhood children. We quickly renewed our friendship and retired to that front office for a wee-dram of Scotch and another story. This time-not so good. The highway was to be reconstructed and widened. The interchange would be enlarged. The Government had bought the property and it was doomed. His home nearby would be spared, but the old garage would be demolished. Everything would be sold at auction and he insisted that I must attend. I wouldn't miss it but lamented the fact that this virtual living museum would be erased from all but our memories and a few objects that I more enjoyed seeing in their natural habitat than carrying home for my own private viewing. Without asking if I wanted anything, he remarked that he wondered why I never tried to buy things from him -like everybody else. When I told him these things belonged to the old garage, he smiled, and said he'd like me to have one thing to remember the place and our good times together. He then reached around the end of the counter, and pulled out that P & H Lamp display. He commented on the many times I'd gazed up at it, and asked questions about it and its history. He had pulled it down from the rafters dusted years of wood-stove soot off, and had it ready to give to me as my souvenir. My attempts to refuse the gift were rebuffed quickly, and as we loaded it into the car, he ran back inside and came out with a box, carefully packed with all the lamps that were on the display when he took it down. I did attend the auction and bought those great metal sign strips from the edges of the shelves, plus a few small things and some brass items. But, it is that lamp display that remains one of the neatest things in my recreated old auto parts store on the second floor of my car barn. It's my own piece of Scotland. Sometimes I'll sit in the old rocking chair up there, looking around at the old auto parts store I've created, sipping on a little single malt Scotch, enjoying the history represented there. My eyes always turn to that display though, because that old garage in Scotland is really what inspired what I have today. First photo - the lamp display Second photo shows the shelf-edge signs advertising Tyres and Acetylene Lamps. Terry
  12. Hmmm, all I'm seeing is a bunch of cobbled up letters, numbers, etc. No pic. I know it ain't my PC. Terry
  13. Some nice eye-candy! Thanks for posting. Looks like there was even a flea market and nice weather. Terry
  14. The paperweights are great! Here are a couple of others from my collection. Terry
  15. I thought that photo looked familiar. It was sent to me by a friend out west who actually bought the early car shown. It's a 1917 Paterson and here it is now fully restored, along with my copy of the photo he sent of it still in the barn, and later being pulled out. That photo of it still in the barn is fascinating. It sure seems to have made the rounds. Terry
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