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Architecture and Signage: Historic Buick Dealerships


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Orange County Buick.

Note the Buick logo on the right of the sign.

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I know this pic- this is Orange County NY, and the fire trucks further locates it: Middletown NY.

Today, same shot :

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O.C. Buick was there at least thru '54, I have a newspaper ad on the wall of my shop for it.

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I have an article in process for publication in the Bugle on a Buick dealership in the Finger Lakes of New York. Bennett Brothers Buick was build shortly after World War I and is still owned and operated by the Bennett family (now 3rd generation). The article has lots of pictures of the building and the cars.

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This was various Buick dealerships over the years. I remember going there when it was Murphy Buick in 59 or 60 with my great aunt in her 58 Opel Rekord

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It had one time been Howard Motors who I think is Charles Howard - the owner of Seabiscuit who made his fortune selling Buicks in San Francisco and I would assume elsewhere in the Bay Area.

The building was designed by Benard Maybeck and torn down in 1972.

Here's an earlier photo

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Maybeck also designed a nearby Cadillac dealership building that currently is a Whole Foods Market

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Added this Kodak slide to my Flickr album this evening.

The dealership is to the left out of picture. I believe that is a strip mall across the street to the right.

Circa: Early 1950's

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Pulling this one back up to share a link to some wonderful circa 1948  images of the Mueller-Hawkings Motor Co. found in the Tacoma Public Library image archives. Be sure and peruse all 5 pages.

 

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Came here looking for an old post about Buick signs that included pictures of a Buick Dealership Sign catalog. Pretty sure it was posted by Brian Laurance/Centurian.  Flipped through rather quickly and did not find it. Brian or anybody else, do you have this and care to share it again or direct me to a source for it.

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3 hours ago, MrEarl said:

Came here looking for an old post about Buick signs that included pictures of a Buick Dealership Sign catalog. Pretty sure it was posted by Brian Laurance/Centurian.  Flipped through rather quickly and did not find it. Brian or anybody else, do you have this and care to share it again or direct me to a source for it.

I have a reproduction from the 1940's, but I have never posted it.

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5 hours ago, 38Buick 80C said:

I have a Dealer signage catalog from 1951 in entirety. what do you need

 

What do I need? That 40's sign hanging in your garage would do.  I was just wanting to peruse through all the "Approved" Buick Dealer signs of pre 1960. How big is this catalog you have Brian. Can it be scanned.

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Having seen a few nice and not before posted dealership photo's in the many recently started photo threads, just wanted to bring this thread back up in hopes more will use it to post their dealership finds.

Here is one of my favorites of an early dealership. Note the Goodyear Service Station painted sign. Look familiar @wndsofchng06?

 Can anyone date this basedon the year of Buicks in front

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Nevermind @wndsofchng06 I forgot, the sign I was referring to above was the sign that was still wrapped in a blanket and we loaded and unloaded into the back of the pickup at Hershey about forty- eleven times. Here’s a picture of it before it got wrapped. Can’t wait to mount on the Buick Sales and Service. 

 

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Lamar,

Your dealership photo (based on the cars) is probably middle to late 1916 to early 1917.  It was probably taken in late Fall because all of the people have overcoats on indicating cool weather.  I'll go out on that proverbial limb and say late 1916.

 

Terry Wiegand

South Hutchinson, Kansas

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1 hour ago, Terry Wiegand said:

I'll go out on that proverbial limb and say late 1916.

 

Ah was hoping the teens Buick expert would weigh in. So the nice clean new Buick’s are likely the new ‘17 arrivals would you say? 

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