Walt G

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    pre war custom coachwork,classic cars all makes, especially 1930 Packard 7th series , pressed steel toys, Chrysler products of the 1930s/1940s, Packard,Buick & Cadillac 1925-1941, car mascots, old factory and dealership buildings, automotive history pre war

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  1. the balance and design of this particular body style is perfect. Look at the hood and cowl line to the windshield; from that point back look at the line of the edge of the top of the doors down the rear of the body - the rear section of course is longer but the angle is close enough to have that peak at the center ( windshield) that then trails off to both the front and back of the car in harmony and balance of style. . Small details that help are the lack of exterior door handles and hinges as well. A very very clean and striking design. This is capped at each end by thin fenders that capture the wheel/tire and in a sense act as a frame ( just like a thin frame on a picture hanging on a wall would). OK , art lesson and design observation over for today. Yes, as mentioned before someplace on the forums I was an art teacher for 35+ years. thanks for reading this all Walt
  2. Thank you Peter your point is well taken and explains to all of us what the forums and also AACA are about. There are times we all need to be reminded about that . "The spirit of the goals of AACA" that says it all, it is what the founders of the AACA in 1935 set down as what they wanted to see and that has been consistent for 85 years.
  3. As I mentioned - it was good while it lasted - other projects have come on the horizon to take up my time so I hope someone else can "pick up the ball" and continue to post the period photographs that they may know about or have in their own collection to share with everyone. Walt
  4. Thanks for posting the photo of the roadster! WOW. Is it a Roamer car? Just to update the last two photos I posted - the lower one of the front of the car is a 1932 Packard , the upper one is of a Mercedes town car that was imported into New York City.
  5. Ok I hope this doesn't get to many people reading this annoyed at me , but when I started this post "images of the era" ( plus others before that) it was for that - mostly period photographs taken of the time period 1950 or so and earlier. Lots of family photos of cars/vehicles to look at none of us had the chance to see before. The posting/comment of the monograms for the rear doors did see some current or contemporary color images of the subject under discussion, which helped clarify what we were "discussing". Photos of car shows here and abroad of pre 1950 cars are interesting, but not images of the era in my estimation. I am not stating they aren't interesting but perhaps belong under a different title/topic? If this is turning into a "images" of any era topic, i will refrain from posting anything further as I would just like to see the b & w and perhaps early attempts at color photos remain under one title " of the era". Again, I state I am not against the more modern photos in color but just that they are in the wrong place. Everyone has their own opinion and wants to contribute what they can - go for it. Anyway it was good while it lasted.
  6. Hi Al, I may have some photos ( someplace) but it is highly unlikely . The truck remains were well hidden by vines that grew on it for 40+ years so to even take a photo of it when I saw it would not show much of the truck itself. There was no radiator, fenders, or body it was a frame with a motor in it and I can't recall if the motor was complete - I am thinking it was because everything would have been rusted in place and defied removal. Austin Clark had a file in his library that had folders in it on each car he owned or had bought and eventually sold. They listed where and when he bought the vehicle. I worked in his library in the early 1970s so saw it then and we referred to it on occasion when he would get asked a question by someone. His library went to the Henry Ford Museum and I am assuming that file with it. If those files do exist they would be there buried ??
  7. Jeff, thanks for looking and finding that photo. Those metal monograms were available in accessory catalogs/folders provided by the car manufacturers as well as ( at least in the NY City area) by very high end accessory stores like Nil Melior . Since this topic has jumped back into life I will add two more period photos. Enjoy all.
  8. If you really want to be able to see the city without walking a lot then take one of the open top double decker buses. ( in warm weather of course!!!) A car like they are promoting to drive you around in does not have much window room/area to really see out of which is your whole point I think - to see as much as possible. I live about 30 miles east of NY City, have been in many times in my life, done walking torus that are offered , and my choice would be the open topped bus or a walking tour. The cars in the video look great but you are looking at the cars, you want to see the city.
  9. In the early 1970s Cadillac had a clear coat that they would spray the bottom of the sides of their new cars with from a body molding down to the bottom edge. It too was to prevent stone chips from the road surface. . When I hear of it I got some and sprayed the underside of the fenders of my pre war car with it as we had just finished the lacquer paint job on that car. It worked well, easily let you wipe off any road muck including tar with very little effort.
  10. Ed, I agree with you. In an open car I like something with 4 doors or if a 2 door a convertible victoria, I am not a rumble seat car guy at all. Look nice but you have to be no older then a nimble 12 year old to easily climb in and out of one. I too like the fit and finish of closed car. Town cars are my favorite body style but I don't fit behind the wheel of any one of them well at all due to long legs. Chauffeurs were not tall people as the owners of the cars wanted the room in the back for them not up front for the driver. In NY City there were fraternal organizations for chauffeurs too - Had their own clubs by country of origin - Irish, Norwegian, German. they advertised their existence in car publications that were specific to people who drive vehicles "National Taxicab and Motor bus Weekly" was one of them. they had club houses in NY City where there was some lodging and also places for a shower or a clean up between long hauls behind the wheel. SO why do I recall all of this stuff clearly and can't remember what day I am supposed to go to the dentist without looking at a calendar? 😯 OK all of you that know me can stop snickering .
  11. Matt, that was SO COOL! thank you for sharing that with us. Made my day to see kids "motoring" in a car with running boards and gas lights. YEAH! Walt
  12. Does anyone reading this know what happened to the solid tire cab over engine Pierce Arrow truck that Austin Clark had sitting out at his L.I. Auto Museum under a tree outside back from the main museum buildings towards the entrance to the "truck barn" ? It was only a chassis and engine no body/seats etc really overgrown and had sat there for decades getting over grown by vines and assorted other shrubbery. Some how the steering wheel for that truck got removed and stored in the loft above the main museum building and sat there for decades. I found it and bought the wheel from Austin at one of his Iron Range Days and still have it and restored it . All this took place at least 40 years ago. Ed M. says he sees no listing of the truck chassis in the P-A Society. I was just curious as I moved that steering wheel to another part of my library and it started me wondering about the remains of the truck - I know it was sold and was not scrapped but not to who it was sold to. I don't recall clearly if the chassis had an engine in it or not or at least a complete engine. Austin told me who the remains were sold to but I don't recall now but believe it stayed in the NE section/area of the USA. - No I do not want to part with the steering wheel! thanks Walt G.
  13. Can you imagine that 1920s Peanutmobile ( for lack of a better description) driving around Hershey in October? Custom Coach work by Planters
  14. Walt G


    Never heard a word from you regarding Minerva and now have had plans for some months to use the period information, images photographs etc I have on that marque in the works for a story for a national car magazine that most likely will appear at the end or near the end of this year. It has been 15 months since I made my comment so is a little late for me to assist you directly now that I am using the material and am in the middle of doing the research and story.
  15. Craig is right on that point, they also may want to part with the wheels ,gas tank, and possibly the steering column etc Great thinking Craig, thanks for adding that. Walt