Thursday, August 22, 2013

Stanley Automobiles

I recently found five small photographs of Stanley automobiles.  It looks like they may be copies of old photos. I have no idea where they came from.  They are each carefully labeled on the back, and signed C.F. Stanley.  So I inquired of Jim Merrick, archivist at the Stanley Museum in Kingfield, Maine.  He wrote back that 

"Carlton F. Stanley was the Stanley Brothers' nephew and right-hand-man - he was Superintendent of the Stanley Works, and later a fine violin-maker alongside his uncle Freelan.  He apparently made up and signed these prints in the late 1940s - early 1950s, and they turn up from time to time. We would be delighted to have them.  Carlton is considered one of the unsung heroes of the 'Stanley Story' around here."

So off they go to the Museum....

Here is one of them, with the inscription on the reverse.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

International Auto Wagon

Some months ago I had an inquiry from the director of the Humboldt Museum in Winnemucca, Nevada. It's a museum specializing in the history of North Central Nevada. Here's the link:

Anyhow, Dana Toth had had been questioned by a patron about the International Auto Wagon in the museum's collection, which has a "Welcome Wagon, Hypoluxo, Florida" banner.  Long story short — and several months later — I found this snapshot of said Autowagon in front of the James Melton Autorama in Hypoluxo, Florida.  

Below it is the photo Dana sent of the vehicle in its current incarnation