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Terry Bond

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  1. Hard to tell for sure, but to me it looks repro based on the pic. More detailed photos needed to be sure tho. It's could be a part of a larger sign. Anyone got pics of a complete one? Terry
  2. No, never considered it actually. My small collection of automobile clocks would be fairly insignificant among that group I'm sure. There doesn't seem to be much about automobile clocks that I've seen just casually searching the website. Terry
  3. Apparently you are correct - I see the Waltham is now more realistically priced at $39.00. Guess the initial listing was simply a decimal point in the wrong place. Thank goodness! But-the other clock is still there. Terry
  4. Looks like a Corvette Museum connected organization. That's probably their specialty. I no nothing about them but there seems to be plenty of info on the internet. Remember-cheap isn't always best. You never now what you've actually bought until you have a claim. Ask around. For me, it's always been J.C. Taylor, a very strong supporter of AACA. Based on personal experience, I wouldn't go anywhere else. Terry
  5. I've casually collected nice antique automobile clocks for several years. I try to buy decent clocks that actually tick and seldom pay more than $150 or so for them. There are always a few upgrades or duplicates that I'll take to Hershey. Naturally, I'll occasionally scan evil-bay for them, and have even occasionally purchased damaged clocks to use for spare parts. Just recently I came across these two - they are the most expensive car clocks I've ever seen, but both of them are common varieties. One is a simple stem-wound Waltham for sale at $3,900. (See item number 224397577488). -and the other is a common variety of angle-mounted dash clock that you can buy all day long at Hershey for a couple hundred bucks in nice working condition (more often for much less). This one is an absolute "basket-case" yet is priced at $674.10 (discounted from $749.00). (See item number 324439411350) Anyone know something I don't about these clocks? I'll probably have a few for sale again this fall, but at these prices, I'd be tempted to clean out my whole collection, sell them and buy a nice car (or two). Perhaps this is just more evil-bay silliness on the part of the vendors. Terry
  6. And-quite often you'll find Dr. Simeone there himself giving tours or talking about the cars as they run out back. It's one of my favorites and was a previous recipient of the AACA Plaque, awarded annually at our convention in Philadelphia for recognition of outstanding achievement in the preservation of the automotive history. Terry
  7. We're looking forward to visiting while on the Eastern Divisional Tour this year. Terry
  8. I recently acquired this little advertising book. It is 1 3/4" wide and 3" in length. It's like a small notebook except the tear-out pages inside are "soap paper." If you tear out a sheet and wet it, you'll have a sheet of tissue paper that has soap on it and can be used to wash your hands. Neat item, but it was the advertising that intrigued me. It's an advertising piece for the New York Motor Vehicle Company and their new steam powered Volomobile automobile. Here is what I've been able to learn so far about the company. The company was founded in Jersey City, NJ in the summer of 1900 . PH Flynn served as President, Frederick C. Cochen served as Vice President, P. Sherwood Dunn served as Secretary and Treasurer, and Thomas F. Flynn served as General Manager and Design Engineer. Thomas Flynn also ran a mechanical workshop in Brooklyn. They started developing automobiles. Production only started in 1902. The brand name was Volomobile . The plan was to manufacture the vehicles at the Worcester Cycle Works in Middletown, CT, but instead, the cars were assembled in Brooklyn. Production ended in 1902. In total, only a few vehicles were built. Source for this info is the Standard Catalog of American Cars by Beverly Rae Kimes and Henry Austin Clark, Jr. There is a photograph in that reference that very closely resembles the drawing shown on this little booklet. Curious if there is any other information available - other photos, literature, advertising material, etc.? Thanks Terry
  9. Art it is Mike. We're starting to see more and more framed paper turning up in auctions and for sale in the big swap meets. It is sometimes costly to frame stuff but there are you can do to help keep it reasonable. I'm fortunate that we've got several good thrift stores near us, so armed with photos of my stuff and dimensions, I raid them often for old frames. When you can get a neat old frame with that old wavy glass for $5 or less, it sure beats taking your stuff into a professional framer. Here is an example of an early die-cut calendar that I framed using a thrift store discovery. It's mounted with archival tape to a dark maroon velvet backing. When doing your own framing, I use only archival materials including acid free mat board when I need to use them. My wife even found me a professional mat cutter in a thrift store for $15. Terry
  10. Fantastic place! We've been there several times and what's really great about it is the personal tours given by the guy who started it all, Jeff Lane. On our last visit there we even got the chance to ride around town in an Amphicar! Highly recommended!!!!! Terry
  11. Signs and etc- Wonderful advertising material exists in addition to porcelain. For many years now, I've delighted in finding much less expensive tin, cardboard, and paper advertising material. I guess time has caught up and as the pricing of porcelain becomes prohibitive for most collectors, they quite naturally turn to these other kinds of signage. For many years I've collected embossed tin signs, and also have a number of nicely framed paper and cardboard items that are just as graphic and impressive as most porcelain. This neat cardboard Taxi advertisement I'm pretty sure is a Washington DC item, based on the source it came from. Sorry for the poor quality photo but was getting some glare and shadowing when I snapped the pic. It's much nicer in person. A few others also as examples. Another thing I see happening is signs are being "created" from graphically illustrated oil or product cans. If a nice can has at least one good side, or remains of it, they are being cut up and turned into signs like this one for Blue Ribbon polish. I bought in inexpensively enough in an antique shop several years ago, and an instant give-away to its origin is the "one gallon" notation in the top left corner. I'd have rather had the complete can but that was already gone. It's still a nice wall hanger. Unfortunately though I see things like this being sold on the internet for stupid prices and being incorrectly advertised as a "sign" when it should be labeled as "remains of an old can." Look carefully and pay accordingly. Terry
  12. Your Texaco sign is well known and always is a good seller-but, there are a lot of them around. Enough that collectors can be fussy about condition. If someone is just looking for garage decoration and not concerned about collecting for any potential investment value, then the value quoted is probably close in a smaller, less-well promoted auction, heavier on the + side of the $500 of course. Private sale, something around a grand would be a good price. I've seen mint condition signs go for much more than that in big auctions but it'll cost you you to sell it that way. Evil-bay isn't reliable for values as it's littered with fakes and idiots who think they'll get rich quick off something dug up in the outhouse pit. Clean it like Walt said and enjoy it. Let someone else worry about it after you're gone. The other sign-super rare and worth a million bucks (Just kidding). It's toast. Just nail it up and enjoy it. Terry
  13. Peter you've very accurately described what's happening to all of us -falling apart due to old age! Your description of shrinkage in the casting process is correct too. My Father-in-Law was a castings engineer with J.I.Case and Allis Chalmers and I have great memories of his stories in the foundaries. It's been great looking at everyone's input. I'll just toss the broken tool. I learned I can do just as good with a sturdy pair of pliers. Terry
  14. Thanjs. Now I have to ask, what makes you think it was made in Belgium. I think it was probably made in America, based on the "Trade Mark" info. I see your ? is also posted on the MTFCA forum as well and there you indicate the radiator is on a Ford Model B. Terry
  15. These Ford motometers have been reproduced for years. The winged cap it's mounted on is not part of the motometer itself and is an accessory item. Together they would have interest for someone who collects automobilia or would like to actually use it on their car. You'll find lots of them on evil-bay but be sure to check "sold" items when searching. There is often a big difference between asking $ and getting $ for them, and the Ford models are the most commonly found. Look closely and you should see some red fluid in the temp gauge. Terry
  16. I know what the "shrink rule" is - as a rule, the amount of money in my wallet usually shrinks the minute I walk into a good swap meet. Dittos on the comments regarding S-K tools. The first totally new tools I ever bought was at a USMC Exchange in the DC area back in the early 70's. I bought 3/8 and 1/4 inch socket sets and they are still pristine and my favorites. They have held up extremely well and still look almost new. Regarding replacement handles on the Snap-on tools, that brake shoe retainer spring tool I've had a problem with has a handle that's obviously screwed onto the shaft, and it appears if there is some kind of "glue" in there helping hold it. I'll try to get a good photo of it and post. Terry
  17. Well-this was a surprise! Doing a brake job on the MGB today and got out my trusty-old-faithful Snap-On retainer spring tool. I wasn't doing much more than getting ready to use it when the danged thing broke in half! Looking closely I could see multiple cracks and fissures in the plastic handle. Thought this was supposed to be such great stuff? It was a good old original given to me by a friend who was a Snap-on dealer. Maybe nothing lasts forever, but I expected more. Is this something others have seen? Had to go to Advance Auto Parts and buy a "high-quality" Chinese import. Interesting reading the translated instructions on the back! Of particular note was the warning -"Caution, may cause cancer or reproductive problems." Hmm, let me read those directions again... Terry
  18. The story of British Racing Green - in 1902 the Gordon Bennett Cup race was won by the British entrant, S.F. Edge. That gave the British the rights to host the 1903 race. However, laws existing at that time prevented racing on public streets, and British officials refused to waive that restriction. The race was moved to Ireland, and the color of the Irish shamrock was chosen as the "official British color." Ooops-that's properly spelled "colour." Of course there are is a lot more detail to the story, but that's the quick essence of the origin. Terry
  19. Don't worry, that grass will green up a bit more later in the spring. Great car too!!! Terry
  20. A few more related trinkets from my collection of pins, buttons, and fobs -
  21. Made in Coventry England, 1912, sold and first registered in County Donegal, Ireland. It's the 405th vehicle ever registered there. Owned by a bank robber who brought it to Scotland with him in the very early 1920s. He worked on a sheep farm until he just vanished, leaving behind the Triumph and most of his meager possessions. Discovered by a hunting party in the 1950s and acquired by a well-known collector of early motorcycles, who I purchased it from. We raise glass of "the dew" to all who had a hand in saving it. I only wish it could talk. Terry
  22. True. You never know who might show up there from racing long list of legends. As a drag racing enthusiast from the 60s it was great to relive so many memories there and see some of the cars I'd seen racing in person at some of the Michigan and other nearby drag strips. Terry
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