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Walt G

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  1. Thanks for taking the time to post all of the photographs, most appreciated. I am astounded at the great location that seems to go on for miles under the shade of the wonderful trees, what a grand place to have a car display. I assume it was specifically for American made vehicles. Looking beyond the cars it is so nice to see some great buildings, most lacking in aluminum and plastic signs that overpower the architecture . That setting definitely adds to the whole atmosphere of the show! I know that before I have commented to you on the wonderful masonry buildings and structures that are in the back ground beyond the vehicles. Thank you again so much. Walt
  2. I am speechless - it is an honor to be mentioned. I just do what I do, don't really think about it , just feel it needs to be done/shared as many friends early on 45+ years ago did with me . It is totally useless to have period information and not share it but make sure people know you have it so you can gloat that you are better then everyone else. HUH? History has always been a great passion for me, my whole life , what "happened then" can inspire "now" and the people and places that did that need to be respected and admired. It is my way to say "thank you" to them . So many people that are gone I can't thank in person, many who were there when the history we love was being created by them without them knowing it. So many new friends here and long time ones too. Support your car clubs, they support you, especially AACA for hosting these forums.
  3. SO very very sad indeed. I so enjoyed his posts and his observations on the cars he owned and drove. We all learned from his sage words and were inspired to go out and get in our cars and drive them. He reinforced the knowledge that driving a car made in the 1920s can be done with reliability and done regularly without fear of any sort of a mishap. Next time you are driving down the road in your old car think of Carl and that will keep his spirit and vision of how to enjoy the old cars very much alive. Walt
  4. Nope, don't have one of these, just about a dozen early to mid 1960s pedal cars I don't need, which I can't get to until I get the 1936 Packard club sedan running again to move it out of the way.
  5. OK, more odd and bizarre from my files. I can't date this exactly but am guessing it is ca. 1938. Made by the Moto-Scoot Manufacturing Company ( 215 South Western Ave.) Chicago, Illinois . They primarily made single and tandem scooters that used an air cooled 4 cycle motor with ball bearing crankshaft. they even had a sidecar available at extra cost to use as a delivery vehicle. Their motto was " Go and come as you please - Make this your " Declaration of Independence".
  6. From my experience ( I am talking a fairly long multi times use, not a ride around the block once - hours behind the wheel) Chrysler and Franklin drive ride very easy and very well, go all day at 50-55 mph up or down hills) . I only know Buicks of the 1936-41 era and own a 1940 Roadmaster, great ride, drive and if it has the 320 cu in engine lots of power to spare. I have owned and currently own a pre war Packard - great driving my 1930 and for decades I drove my 1941. Would your friend want a floor or column shift? Cadillac V8 of the late 1930s early 1940s I have had experience with also , excellent driving cars. I will not pass comment ever on anything I have not spent some considerable time behind the wheel of.
  7. Welcome from western Long Island.
  8. Wonderful photo of the dealership and the damage. These are the kind of stories we need to learn more about. The "everyday " happenings of a long gone era. It puts a better picture into view of what went on, had to be dealt with, etc. beyond the particular make, series and body style of the cars. This , everyday situation, really made a great impression on me 40+ years ago when I attended an AACA annual meeting ( before it was renamed a convention) when held at the Bellview-Stratford Hotel . Someone arranged for some 16mm news films to be shown and it was some footage of a auto junk yard north or east of Philadelphia . It showed a decade old Packard sedan being driven in under its own power just before WWII I believe, the car was going to be salvaged for its metal content. The gasoline was drained and then a flaming roll of newspaper was thrown into the rear seat area. It was an example of how to ( with the least amount of effort) get rid of upholstery, wood body framework, etc so that the metal that remained could then be salvaged. There was quite a loud moan up from the audience watching a 1929-31 era Packard loose its life that way. This photo of the dealership just gives us all a great sense of what had to be dealt with to rebuild a shop that sales and service could then continue to generate income. Walt
  9. Dave , thanks so much for all your time and contributions, all were most welcome and really great. There is so much pre WWII era stuff out there , laying dormant in peoples collections for decades, not intentionally but just because there was no way to share to a vast audience on a regular basis and frequently. Or perhaps there was no real story to go with the image, so with the opportunity to post /share it here , the tremendous input of knowledge has let us all enjoy what we would never have seen. thanks to all of you - I will keep repeating that as I am so grateful to all of you. WG
  10. History Motor Car Mysteries, form all over the world, just what this thread was created for. It makes you think about the cars, the people, the places, the architecture and the answers are not always at the press of a plastic button on a keyboard that is hooked up to a box of electronics. 🧐
  11. Hi Bob, nope I do not own a 1928 Studebaker, never owned any Studebaker, but do like them!
  12. It is what these forums and AACA are all about, sharing what we have and the knowledge we have managed to gather. Seeing advertising items, actual pieces of cars, accessories, images - photographs and printed, every part of an item that is connected to a motor vehicle ( and some horse drawn) makes history come alive, just the way the real cars and trucks do when you see one , especially if it is going down the road under its own power. If it moves , some how it is alive, the way it was alive 25,45, 75 or 100+ years ago. Our collections of objects, information, etc. is what we ( AACA and other clubs) are all about. That respect for history keeps us alive too. There will always be something "old" that is "new:"" for us. That happened to me just 2 days ago when in a trade with a long time friend a package arrived with several souvenir programs for custom automobile salons that took place in the WWI era , Now to be added to my collection. It was amazing to see things I had not seen before and made my collection more complete and also put the whole picture of what happen then in a more cohesive story. And yes that story will be shared with all of you eventually. All pieces of the puzzle. WG
  13. The glass slide was probably used in movie theaters for an advertisement projected up on a screen when reels were changed . I have a few for Ford model T showing body styles in the 1920s. Sometimes called glass lantern slides.
  14. New gadgets for old folks, give Peter and the moderators a chance fellows , they deserve badges of courage for putting up with all the rest of us.
  15. Terry, that group looks like a bunch of guys waiting to be the first one in the gate at the flea market at Hershey after the long inactivity that we have had to cope with. Walt
  16. I have had this small bronze car medallion for years and just rediscovered it at the back of a display case. I cleaned it up so I could read it and it says on the front ( side with the pine cones) LeTourquet - Paris Plage , in tiny letters below the shield FIAT Lux and FIAT VRBS. From what I can translate ( sort of) there is an area or community in northern France called LeTouquet. The FIAT Laux is - Fiat light and Fiat VRBS is vacation rentals by state of some kind. The back of the medallion (leaf side ) Notes it was International Automobile Week in the town in Northern France and the date was Sept 1927. The size is 2 3/4 tall by 1 3/4 wide . the detail is amazing and perfectly clear for such a small piece. Any help as to the event and what it was , how many cars, what cars beyond FIAT would be appreciated - was the event written up anyplace in that era? I found this in England in a shop and it was so dark brown from tarnish that you could hardly make out what it was. More weird stuff .
  17. What a wonderful group of photographs, the vehicles are wonderful but the architecture is just outstanding! WOW. ( My family history were brick masons for over a century and I stated an architectural Review Board here in the village I have lived in my whole life to protect and preserve the houses and structures over 25 years ago) Love the cars but can't stop looking at the photos of the buildings!. THANK YOU! Walt
  18. Dave, Your last line of your comment says it all. I have always thought that the phrase 'you inherit your relatives and pick your friends' applied to me so well. I was viewed for decades by cousins who were my age or older as one who was "odd", - they all thought -he is an artist and teaches art and spent his time and $ on old used cars . Well when the cars started to become more valuable $ wise their thought about me was now I was the relative that "was the rich eccentric". I feel I am still the same person, my opinion and likes are the same . As a single child my old car friends became my family , they were and are the ones I have the fondest memories of. They shared the same passion for the same reasons. Friendships continue to be made , I have many new ones made here via these forums that I hope to meet in person once this worldwide health crisis is done. I sincerely hope that is this October in Pennsylvania at the national AACA Eastern Fall meet. I think of that as "the annual worldwide gathering of squirrels " Squirrels that collect old cars not nuts, so have to gather in the Fall of each year to reassure themselves that there are so many people just like them of all ages, genders, colors, speaking a variety of languages.
  19. I don't use the driving lights on my Packard for that - replaced what was there with the ones that are shown in the 1930 factory accessory catalog and had them hooked up for directional signals - modern drivers when you use hand signals think you are waving hello at them , not trying to make a turn and avoid having them smash into you. I could wave back to them ( which wouldn't help what I want to do) but don't because if I did it may be with a naughty gesture. 😬
  20. Someplace on here I mentioned that during the annual automobile shows in major cities, separate sections were printed about those shows . In these sections some had more then 20 pages on a larger format . This was done pre WWII era and the earliest I have seen was 1933-34 era. In areas with heavy population it was a great way to promote the auto show, and local dealerships would take advertising in them to note the new model/series they were selling. The stories about special bodied cars that would appear on a stand at that show written by the particular papers staff with photographs supplied by the automobile companies. Everyone read printed newspapers the as a major daily form of communication for news ( all prior to computers, internet, TV etc) The best part is that the addresses of all the local dealers were listed and one can now go on line to see if the building is still standing. Many of the ads featured line drawings of the cars ( it was easier to work into the newspaper supplement, getting photos to print took more effort and time.) Most of these special sections of newsprint were disposed of once read, few automotive sections were saved for any reason as the cars would be out of date with new models. Just like automotive sales brochures - but those were saved more often due to the fact they were "pretty" printed in color , newsprint deteriorates so much more rapidly due to the acid content tin the paper, is affected by sunlight more etc.
  21. I agree totally GREAT PHOTOS thanks so much for sharing the experience. Love the Renault station wagon ( or any station wagon, any year) that multicolor cow would be the absolute best thing to have at your space at Hershey . I can imagine it now - someone saying " meet me at the Bovine"
  22. Many things affecting your view /perception on what you are looking at : 1) the Lincoln has side mounted spares - that adds a bulls eye that stops you eye/flow of the look of the car. Not horrible but a huge factor in what you are looking at. 2) the sweep spear of the belt molding - one plated on a car of one solid dark color , the other sweep spear does not end at the center of the rear fender but kicks up and then continues around the rear fender. Not a bad thing but does affect you vision of the overall design. If the Lincoln was one solid conservative color it would make a huge difference. The green is not "in your face" visually but the highlighted lighted light color at the belt molding is , draws way to much attention. I love both cars, this is just an observation on my part ( I was an art teacher).
  23. There was a similar one in the late Walter Miller's automobilia collection but that had some paint work on it that was done over the decades probably before he got it. As mentioned I repainted it to resemble what was there when first made which I matched when I sanded down through the coats of paint. Owners of fairground rides would use the winter time to restore to fresh looking condition their equipment so it would look "new" to customers when the season started up in the Spring. A friend who lives in Maidenhead, Berkshire in England worked for one of the companies that would "restore" the appearance of the rides for decades. By the way the carousels/ merry go rounds in England rotate clockwise while those here in the USA rotate counter clockwise. The decorative trim is on the outside of the figure to attract the crowds and also reflect off the lights at night. inside is painted to match but minus the metal decorative trim. More useless information ! But its fun!😃 This also lays in to a certain degree/angle, does not sit straight to give the feel/sense that the motorcycle is leaning in a bit to go around the curve as it rotates.
  24. I bought this about 30+ years ago in an antique shop on the southern coast of England. Was with a buddy named Peter Moore whose business was a 6 times yearly 1,200 item auction catalog of motor books, literature, periodicals, photographs etc. He loved American automobiles and owned a 1929 Lincoln model L dual cowl phaeton and a 1931 Chrysler Imperial CG club sedan. Both cars in England since new. We found this wood motor cycle that dated from the late 1940s very early 1950s and wrapped it in bubble wrap and I brought it home with me on the airplane as extra baggage ( cost extra $65) . I finally got to restore it the past 6-7 months. It is all wood with brass metal trim that is chrome plated., Steel rear fender. Nearly full size to a real motorcycle. I made the base it sits on and added wheels so I could move it around easier without picking it up - weighs about 100+ lbs. ( no I did not tell my cardiologist I was picking it up and carrying it on my own ( nor my son). I sanded down through the assorted coats of paint to find what it was like when new color wise, straightened the bent metal and then put it back ( more then 50 wood screws hold the trim on). Still need to have seat cushions made . Paint I used was One Shot sign lettering enamel - brush it on with a good camel hair brush and it flows out with no brush marks , looks like porcelain enamel it so smooth!
  25. My sincerest thanks to all of you who have contributed to this thread and continue to do so; also to all who view what has been posted and what is new. It takes some time and effort to do all of this but is just so rewarding to see the enthusiasm and obviously good feelings that everyone seems to be having. Guess my title for the thread has been the correct one. We have reached 300,000+ views in less then 15 months. I have a birthday in a week and seeing the on going interest and the numbers continue to rise is the best present I could have. ( and I gave up any kind of birthday celebrations over a decade ago ) Walt
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