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Thanks ED!  Love the settings as well as the cars. France  was well known for the annual concours held in several locations, many along the coast , they were real social events to display not only the cars but the latest fashions. All were reported in motoring magazines of that era like La Carrossiere and Omnia. The November issues were usually larger to accommodate all the photos of the cars and it is great that those magazines had coated stock paper as it ( even today if viewed) allows much better clarity of the images/photograph and the paper does not deteriorate as fast as the normal non glossy paper used for most publications that had a higher acid content.  Observe that with very few exceptions just about all of the people in the photos were wearing stylish hats. Can everyo0ne imagine what the current 'concours' would look like if all participants were wearing period clothes - you would get a true picture of what the original  concours (the current ones are trying to emulate) would look like.

Walt

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19 hours ago, Walt G said:

Weymann CORD, L-29. Rendering is from the Weymann sales literature/catalog of the era, photos are of the actual car in the early 1950s in Brooklyn , New York when owned by author and skilled scale model builder Herbert Lozier. Not sure if I shared these early on this thread or not.

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The steering wheel looks to be lowered from stock.   Given the height of the car that would make sense.

 

I have some pictures of the car from sometime after that but not too much past the early 60s.   It had  been cleaned up by then.

 

 

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I'm cross posting this from the Stearns Knight thread.   Pictured is a 1929 Stearns Knight H8-90 with what looks like a Rollston body in Central Park.   Pictured is the 1929 NY Salon at the Commodore Hotel.   Do you think they are the same car (see arrow)?   And do you agree the body is Rollston?

 

 

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1929 Stearns-Knight H-8-90 Sedan Body perhaps by Rollston. Photo in Central Park by John Adams Davis or Nathan Lazarnick.jpg

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Can’t help myself, breakfast this morning 83°! Taken from the backseat of a V-16 Sport Phaeton. The boss was the chauffeur.  😎

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1 minute ago, edinmass said:

Can’t help myself breakfast this morning 83°!

We only wish for that here at this time of the year!!

 

Many in Canada are saying to hell with the Covid restrictions and vacationing at warmer resorts right now!

 

Craig

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2 hours ago, alsancle said:

I'm cross posting this from the Stearns Knight thread.   Pictured is a 1929 Stearns Knight H8-90 with what looks like a Rollston body in Central Park.   Pictured is the 1929 NY Salon at the Commodore Hotel.   Do you think they are the same car (see arrow)?   And do you agree the body is Rollston?

 

 

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1929 Stearns-Knight H-8-90 Sedan Body perhaps by Rollston. Photo in Central Park by John Adams Davis or Nathan Lazarnick.jpg

Yes, I would say the same car and most likely both photos taken at the same general time with the town car going into the Commodore Hotel after the Central Park photo was taken by John Adams Davis or after the salon. Most likely before. The Central Park location was only about 10 minutes north of the Hotel Commodore.  I went to look to find the Central Park location on a cross street that ran through the park about 10 years ago and even then the location had over grown so much in 70+ years that it was hard to tell it was the exact spot. Need to check to see what other cars were at the Salon on that stand, most cars were displayed on the coach builders stand not by car make as they rarely if ever had their own exhibit space.   Another story to record who, what and where to make sense of it all , if I were still doing my Coachworklines column .

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1 hour ago, edinmass said:

Can’t help myself, breakfast this morning 83°! Taken from the backseat of a V-16 Sport Phaeton. The boss was the chauffeur.  😎

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Who bought breakfast - usually the chauffeur does not have to do that!  
dave s 

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2 hours ago, Walt G said:

 "Another story to record who, what and where to make sense of it all , if I were still doing my Coachworklines column ."

Walt. Have you considered doing a Coachwork Lines column here?  I believe there are many of us who would greatly appreciate such an article on a periodic basis, including me.

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6 minutes ago, 58L-Y8 said:

Walt. Have you considered doing a Coachwork Lines column here?  I believe there are many of us who would greatly appreciate such an article on a periodic basis, including me.

I love the forums ( which is obvious I spend enough time here!) but don't think it is the place for an article or story, would take up to much space , I am already driving the moderators crazy probably with the thread on the period photographs. A print magazine is the place for a story so one can sit back and not have to stare at a screen.  I know I feel that way , but that may be considered "old school" but that is what I am! Our Antique Automobile magazine is absolutely great but as I was told last year , trying to find even 4 pages for a story is next to impossible so nothing will be going there. It is what it is. I have great respect for Editor's of publications, and the Publications committees of various clubs, and commercial periodicals , I have been in that position, they make the call .  I can respect that . Thanks for your comment, most appreciated.

Walt

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4 hours ago, SC38DLS said:

Who bought breakfast - usually the chauffeur does not have to do that!  
dave s 


 

The Boss bought......tastes better that way! 😎

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5 hours ago, Walt G said:

Yes, I would say the same car and most likely both photos taken at the same general time with the town car going into the Commodore Hotel after the Central Park photo was taken by John Adams Davis or after the salon. Most likely before. The Central Park location was only about 10 minutes north of the Hotel Commodore.  I went to look to find the Central Park location on a cross street that ran through the park about 10 years ago and even then the location had over grown so much in 70+ years that it was hard to tell it was the exact spot. Need to check to see what other cars were at the Salon on that stand, most cars were displayed on the coach builders stand not by car make as they rarely if ever had their own exhibit space.   Another story to record who, what and where to make sense of it all , if I were still doing my Coachworklines column .

 

Thanks Walt.  Would you mind responding over in the Stearns Knight thread?   That is where I will be looking when I forget what we decided.

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Here are a few more I found while looking for something else.

 

the street scene is in Nantucket, Rhode Island on Main Street, penciled on the back it says it shows a bank that did not close during the Depression, my guess it was taken in 1938. I was given the photo in 1972.

 

Bugatti is coming out of storage in the late 1940s still covered in dust.

 

Because it is Winter I thought the factory photo of the Studebaker in the snow would be appropriate it dates from February 14, 1938and notes the car is a State Commander.the sleigh is a Studebaker as well! and seated next to the driver of the sleigh was Horace V. Kimble , oldest active Studebaker employee at that time who had 56 years of continuous employment at Studebaker. He was Supervisor of By Products division .

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23 hours ago, edinmass said:

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If only Humphrey Bogart was still around. He might say:

"Gee Ed, you hung around with some swell dames in your youth!"

 

I have no clue what the date, occasion, or what great vehicle that is. I'll take a guess it is a film still from 1938, about 37 minutes before you couldn't import the finer motorcars from France and Germany here anymore. Is it a Mercedes 540K Sindelfingen?

 

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Interesting customized Packard 120 convertible coupe.  By the rear-hinged doors, hubcaps and bumper center piece and windshield frame, it was based on a 1935 120.   Inspired perhaps by the Packard Darrin ? 

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1 hour ago, jeff_a said:

If only Humphrey Bogart was still around. He might say:

"Gee Ed, you hung around with some swell dames in your youth!"

 

I have no clue what the date, occasion, or what great vehicle that is. I'll take a guess it is a film still from 1938, about 37 minutes before you couldn't import the finer motorcars from France and Germany here anymore. Is it a Mercedes 540K Sindelfingen?

 



Cant remember if it’s a Delage or a Delahaye.........but it’s one of the two.....at a concours in France before the war.

 

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Walt.....the Nantucket photo is on Main Street.......in front of a home that’s part of “the three bricks”. I believe it’s “East Brick”. I broke down in front of it in 1991 (hard to believe it’s thirty years ago!) with my 1931 Cadillac 355 Sport Coupe. The cause? The cobble stones rattled the car so hard, the needle and seat fell out of the carb body and ended up in the float bowl. I was so concerned about damaging the carburetor I didn’t tighten it enough. Burned the hell out of my fingers pulling it apart while hot. I only took my cars over few more times to the island before I determined that the Vineyard had better roads and more to see. The daffodil festival every year is something to see.....all the old cars on the island attend. Everything from a VW bug to a Duesenberg and some very strange vehicles. I enjoyed the photo! Thanks, Ed.

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Walt:  Nantucket is part of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, not of those non-conformists in Rhode Island.  I can say that since my non-conformist 10th great grandmother was a founder of Portsmouth, RI in 1638 - and she was chased out of there, too, after getting kicked out of Boston.

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Thanks Gary for the correction, should have known that 🙄, but have a bit of brain fade after looking through to many period photographs today ( and of course not finding the one I want and need)

Walt

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Gary......Massachusetts got rid of all the “riffraff”  back in 1820..................when we cut lose the Northern Territory and someone renamed it Maine. Getting tossed out of the “Massachusetts Bay Colony” was rather easy back then(1636).......my family had already been in Quebec for thirty years when you 10th great grandmother left for the “plantation “...........we ended up over here by avoiding a jail sentence for refusing to fight in the French Army. For the next two hundred and fifty years we accomplished nothing but chopping down trees and fishing the outer banks.

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