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The topic of early dealerships and buildings is like watching paint dry for some but for others like myself it's interesting. I thought some of you would enjoy.

If you have any photos you would like to share feel free to post.

If you have questions in regards to dealerships please post and maybe we can find answers.

 

Personally, I've been doing research on a Dodge Brothers dealership in Pittsfield MA. from 1927-1931 named McConnel Motors Inc. located at 14 Maplewood Ave. in Pittsfield. The owner was Walter L. McConnel, he also owned a service station at 164 Wahconah that was located around the corner from the Dodge dealership in Pittsfield MA.

If anyone has any photos (historic or current photos), literature or finds anything on this dealership or service station and it's owner I would be interested in any items if you would be willing to share/sell. Thank you

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Have you tried the local library or historical society? Sometimes long established newspapers have old photo files.

Thanks for the suggestion.

Yes I have, the historical society are the ones who provided me the information to this point. They found a Pittsfield MA directory from 1928 that shows the owners name, the locations of these business's along with his home address as being 96 Howard St. The advertisement also listed the phone numbers for both locations so it's a good start. Now that I've confirmed it existed I was hoping to find photographs and any literature for further documentation. Ultimately I'm trying to track down the history of my truck and was hoping someone somewhere could offer more clues. Old photos and literature answer many questions at times and was hoping someone had photos of this old dealership.

When I go to google maps I can see the locations from street level, there's a small brick building at 14 Maplewood that looks like it could have been one of these early dealerships but I was hoping I could hunt down a photo or literature that proves that this is the building. I've also tried Berkshire county accessor office but they only go back so far.

The service station location on Wahconah is an empty lot currently.

I will try the newspaper also, thanks again for the suggestion.

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Thanks for sharing. Keep them coming, it may help others who need answers. Dodge Brothers and Graham Brothers are of especially high interest during the period of 1926-1933

Here's a Packard dealership in Phoenix AZ. Circa 1928 that may help someone.

http://mmm.lib.msu.edu/record.php?id=25809

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Here is a modern day photo of the red brick building I'm trying to find historic photos of in Pittsfield MA located at 14 Maplewood Ave.

Funny, most of these buildings are a lot smaller than I imagined they would be...

The building sits just to the west or right of the St Josephs High School. If anyone has any old photos of this location I would be very interested in seeing them.

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Our car is a 1921 Lincoln Deluxe Touring that was commissioned and sold by Puritan Motors Corporation, Boston Mass one of the first 15 Lincoln distributors,.

A late 1920s map shows the building it was owned by Ford, then the video shows it when it was owned by Ellis the Rim Man, now it is a school.

 

 

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Ford began assembling Model T's in Charlotte in 1914.  In 1916 moved to a larger existing building.  In 1924. assembly moved to a new plant designed by Alfred Kahn.  This assembly plant operated until 1933.  During WWII it was a US Army weapons depot and after the war became warehouse space.  This building has been saved.

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On 12/20/2019 at 8:37 PM, dc-8dave said:

 

Hello Stakeside,

                              Here are a few of images relating to the Elko, Nevada Dodge Brothers Dealer better known as Van Leer & Harriman. I don't know when they gave up selling Dodge Cars & Trucks.

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Thanks for your information. This will be an addition to my history of this truck. 

This area is known as a farming and mining community. 

After I Goggled mapped this address it appears the building has been replaced with a motel.

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i hope i can describe this correctly. i've always wondered what brand had dealerships with a wheel on front facade with wings coming out each side where it would attach to axle? i've seen a couple of those buildings, one one the way into city limits of atlantic city, antother in suburban philadelphia.

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Love the Maxwells !  My dad's uncle George Kaufman in Akron, Ohio had one.  I got to see it in 58 when we drove up to visit them.  Being 9 at the time, I was much more impressed with Aunt Elsie's new 58 Ford convertible with loud mufflers, ha !  Wish I knew then what I know ( and appreciate ) now.

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Lundstrom’s Mercury-Lincoln Dealership and Service

 

Lundstrom’s Mercury-Lincoln car dealership is pictured at 1631 K Street Sacramento in this July 25, 1948 photograph. The business was founded in 1941 by the Wisconsin-born Fred Lundstrom. A man known for his automotive connections, it is said that he was friends with Ford Motor Company founder and mogul Henry Ford, and his wife, Edsel. After his sudden death in 1954, the reigns of the business fell to his son, M. Wesley. After four years, however,the dealership was sold to former Lundstrom sales manager Roy Jacobes who promptly opened R-J Lincoln-Mercury Sales. Over the next three decades, the property, which sits on the northwest corner of Seventeenth and K Streets, fluctuated between vacancy and auto-related occupancy until, in 1995, it became home to the Sacramento Ballet Company.

 

Original selling dealer for my 1966 Mercury Parklane convertible. 

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dc-8dave, Thanks for identifying where this was taken. The heart shaped radiator opening was last used in 1919 so it's no later than that. Because it shows a factory cut away chassis I'd say they  are touting the longer wheelbase  and new rear springs of the 1918 Model 25. 1918 also saw the windshield bottom corners rounded instead of 1917's square corners.

 

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Not near as palatial as most on here, but I came across this country crossroads service garage just yesterday. The road in front of it was built up years ago,making auto access difficult. There appears to be a '70's-ish Mercury (?) showing in the right front window. It's located just north of Scotland, Ontario.

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My contribution to this topic around old dealerships, comes from finding a badge mounted to my 1938 Plymouth. I purchased my car in May 2019. A local car from BC Canada I was told. I travelled to Vancouver Island to purchase it. Ferry service to and from Vancouver Island did not commence until 1960. Good chance my 1938 Plymouth may had never left Vancouver Island until I towed it to the mainland. I took it home and got to work on it. 

 

When my head was down under the dash one day I noticed a brass badge mounted to the inside of the firewall. Up and ahead of the transmission gear shift. As seen attached here. This led me to the internet to research things.  I learned that Begg was BC's first every automotive dealership. They carried several brands of cars. It appears the Chrysler Corp relationship started in the 19-teens when Begg was a Dodge Brothers dealer. As we know Chrysler purchased Dodge Bros in mind-1928. Begg must have then taken on the full Chrysler line up. Plymouth, Desoto, Dodge, Chrysler and Imperial.  I was informed by car's previous long-time owner that he bought the car from the original owners from the Victoria BC area in the early 60's. My car, originally purchased from the Begg dealership on Vancouver Island, when new in 1938.

 

Attached here are a few pics of the old Begg car dealership. The company ended a long time ago. Only history remains. I am proud and happy to own a piece of local BC history.  I hope that some day I can take the car back to Victoria BC to the "Duece Days". Probably the largest gathering of old cars in the region. 

 

This first pic is Begg's display at an annual car show .

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Here is the badge I found attached to my car:

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Out front of the Begg dealership in about 1920?

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Archives claim this is inside the Begg dealership. The showroom in 1921. I find the decor interesting. Like they were attempting to 

bring a feeling of tropical adventure. Perhaps taking the cars on an expedition to new tropical warm lands somewhere?

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