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Carrying Beans in Boston-1917

AACA Bean Pot website Regional Award of Distinction

AACA Annual Meeting - Philadelphia PA - Feb 2016

Automobile Quarterly Ceases Publication

Winter Print Advertising Gallery 1909 - 1974

2015 Amherst NH 2015 Season Cancelled


Elgin Park - Small Town America Gallery


1911 Fiat S76 Started after 100 Years

E15 Fuel Caution

Larz Anderson Museum on Boston.Com - March 2015

Wilshire Blvd - Beverly Hills CA - 1935 - Video

Golden Age of Advertising Illustration - Winter Gallery
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Carrying Beans in Boston
Boston Baked Bean Co.
1917 TonFord Conversion Advertisement
on a circa 1914 Ford Model T
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circa 1914 Ford with TonFord Truck Conversion
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The Bean Pot Region AACA takes its name from the popularity of baked beans in the Boston area.   An advertisement by Detroit Truck Company published in 1917 for its "TonFord" chain drive conversion features the Boston Baked Bean Co.   Although the Boston Baked Bean advertisement is from 1917, the Ford Model T with its brass radiator is earlier than 1917.

Model T Ford chain drive truck conversions were very popular before Henry Ford introduced the Model TT Truck.  Some of the makers of Ford Model T conversions were: Ames-Ton, Baico, Champion, Dearborn, Graham Brothers, Maxfer, Mets, Motohaul, Oerton, Phenix, Redden, Smith Form-A-Truck, Ton-A-Ford, Tonford, Truckmobile and Union-Ford.
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The image and text for the "TonFord" Boston Bean Co. advertisement along with 2 other "TonFord" ads follow below.
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circa 1917 TonFord Advertisement
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Carrying Beans in Boston
Certainly that's the most popular job in Boston if we are to believe all reports.   And yet there is a business side to it.

The delivery of Boston's favorite product requires speed, reliability and economy and, because the deliveries are many to the down-town restaurants, the car that makes the deliveries must be flexible and easy to handle in congested traffic.

That is why the Boston Baked Bean Co. elected
TonFord
Low Priced - Reliable - Economical
$325 F.O.B. Detroit
The "TonFord" has proved the most amazing Success.  This attachment, consisting of frame, axles, wheels, chains and sprockets is attached to the Ford chassis and makes a splendid one-ton truck with a wide factor of safety for overloads.  You can have any style body and a load carrying space anywhere from 6 to 9 feet back of the driver's seat.

Those merchants and manufacturers who get down to "brass tacks" on the delivery proposition now know that there is positively no truck they can buy so cheap, so efficient, so altogether reliable and unqualifiedly economical in first cost and after cost as the "Tonford".

Dealers! We are making immediate deliveries, Tonford sales are growing daily.   Tonford dealers are making money.  We give you the best value and the most helpful selling plans.  Write at once.
Detroit Truck Company     Detroit Michigan
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2015 Award of Distinction
2015 Region & Chapter Awards
Bean Pot AACA - Website
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We are happy to announce that the Bean Pot AACA website has won a Regional Award of Distinction for 2015.
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AACA 80th Annual Meeting
February 11 - 13, 2016
Philadelphia, PA

Recap by Doug Reinbold
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1935 Chrysler Airflow
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In February, I attended the 80th annual national meeting along with my father Richard Reinbold.  Having attended a number of national shows, the meeting started out no different from any show I’ve attended.  It began with meeting a nice couple from the club.  Their first question was the usual, “Where are you from?”    When we said North Attleboro, MA., we got the standard follow up, “I have a friend in North Attleboro, do you know?”.   Yes we know Carl Weber!
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circa 1965 Ford Shelby Cobra
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The first session we attended was “How to put on a National Event/Tour".  We picked up some great advice from the presenter and attendees as well.  During the Q&A portion I mentioned about the possibility of our group hosting a national event and that we discussed doing a tour as we had discussed at Dean’s garage meeting this past September.  The response was huge. 

We had members of national who said they would love to go to Cape Cod.  We even had a member from Louisiana who said he would come.  The best part of the meeting was that the organizer of the Oklahoma Glidden Tour volunteered that he was more than happy to help. The next day he tracked me down with a CD of his notes and contacts that made his tour a huge success.
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AACA National Meeting Judges Training
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We also attended the Social Meeting session.  I was jokingly proud of the fact that Massachusetts was one of only three regions that had 100% Facebook participation.  It was not a hard achievement since all three of those regions only had one club in them.   The great part about this was the Facebook page they were using as an example had 40 followers, we have 106 so far.

We both attended Judges training and received our first judging point and chip.  I hope to follow this up with doing my apprentice judging in Vineland NJ in May.   During the Judging class, we met a member of the Bean Pot Region, who has never attended a meeting or an event.  Dad spent some time with him encouraging him to participate with us.
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1935 Cadillac Convertible Coupe
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One of the highlights of the weekend was the session with the Cast, AACA Members, and Board of Directors of the TV show The Appraisers that appears on the Velocity channel.   I also attended the session about X-Cup racing.

Everyone is talking about getting the youth involved in the club and this seems to be working.  The AACA is sponsoring three schools in competing in “The Great American Race “.  They are looking for donations to keep this program running and schools to participate.  We do have a few tech schools in the area with fine automotive programs, this might be something worth investigating.
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The X-Cup
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Speaking of youth involvement at the general meeting, it was stated that AACA gives away six scholarship annually.  Last year only nine students submitted applications.  If you have a child or grandchild into cars, this might be something to look into.

At the general meeting there was a young gentleman (around age 12) in attendance who had his Father take him to the AACA Eastern National meet in Hershey.  Even though his family is not into cars, this kid fell in love with the cars and the AACA.  Since his first Hershey Fall Meet, he has attended the show for the past three years.  His efforts were rewarded with a life time membership.  It was awesome.

All in all, we had a great but freezing time in Philly.
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Click on the Link below to veiw the 2015 National Award Winners that were awarded at the 2016 Annual National Meeting in a new window.
View 2015 National Award Winners
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Automobile Quarterly Ceases Publication
After 50 Years
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L. Scott Bailey - Automobile Quarterly Founder
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Automobile Quarterly, which started publishing its quarterly issues in the spring of 1962, has ceased publishing with Volume 52 Number 1 after 50 years.  The magazine was a very high quality hardbound publication without advertising that featured the best in automotive historians, artists, photographers, and writers as contributors.

Automobile Quarterly was founded by L. Scott Bailey who was the former executive vice president of the Antique Automobile Club of America and subsequently editor of Antique Automobile, the AACA magazine.   He left the AACA to start Automobile Quarterly in 1962, and also founded Princeton Publications a producer of over 50 fine automobile related books.  He passed away in 2012 at the age of 87 in the English Cotswolds where he retired in 1986.
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Automobile Quarterly Issues
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CBS Magazines purchased Automobile Quarterly in 1986 selling the magazine to Kutztown Publishing in 1988.  In October 2000, Automobile Quarterly was sold to a newly formed company, Automobile Heritage Publishing & Communications, LLC, and relocated to New Albany, Indiana.

So far, Volume 52 Number 1, published in the spring of 2012, has been the last issue.   Although the AQ website is still online, there are strong doubts regarding further issues as rumors circulate that the publishing company is tied up in an estate.

When Automobile Quarterly was introduced, the cost of a charter subscription was $16.95 for 4 quarterly issues.  After the charter subscription period ended, the price was $21.00 for 4 issues.  Over time, the price rose to $79.95 for 4 issues. 

Back issues of the publication are frequently available at automobile flea markets and also online at eBay at quite reasonable prices. 

We're sure many Bean Pot members have a partial or full collection of this outstanding publication.  Sad to see it go.
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Automobile Quarterly - 20 Year Index
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At this point, the Automobile Quarterly website is still online. Click on the Link below to visit.
Automobile Quarterly website Link
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Automobile Quarterly - Cover MG TC
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Personal Note

In 1962 I was a student without a lot of money.  I came across an advertisement for a new publication Automobile Quarterly.  I can’t recall if the ad was in Antique Automobile, Hemmings Motor News, Road & Track or some other automotive publication. 

The advertisement offered a charter subscription to AQ for $16.95 for a 4 issue subscription or a single issue for $4.95.  Considering my finances at the time, I sent away for a single issue for $4.95 to see if it was worth the $16.95 subscription price.

Upon the receipt and subsequent viewing of the first issue Volume 1 Number 1, I immediately sent away for a charter subscription. 

Automobile Quarterly
has always honored the charter subscribers, by continuing to offer them a subscription rate discount of about 10% for the entire 50 years.

                                                          John Burns

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Automobile Quarterly - Last Issue - Vol 52 Number 1
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To clear up any possible confusion, for a period of time Automobile Quarterly published 5 issues a year, that is how Volume 52 celebrates 50 years of AQ.
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Winter Themed Auto Advertisements - Gallery
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1950 Chrysler Town & Country Newport
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The gallery is a collection of print advertisements for cars and trucks for the years 1909 through 1974 in chronological order.

Click on the Link below to view the gallery.

Winter Themed Auto Advertisements
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For a previous gallery of winter advertising, visit the "News Archive" section of this website to view the "Golden Age of Advertising Illustration - Winter Gallery", or click on the Link below to view the gallery.
Golden Age of Advertising Illustration
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Amherst Canceled for the 2015 Season
After 54 Years
Added to the website  March 11, 2015

As many of you may know, Werner Carlson the owner and proprietor of the Amherst, NH Car Show and Flea Market passed away in November of 2014.  We are all sad to hear of his passing, he was a very accomplished person in many different fields

The family at this point has decided not to open for the 2015 Season.  See  the letter to vendors below.

Hopefully they will find a way to re-open the event (a 54 year tradition) in the future as it will be sorely missed. 

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1934 Chrysler Airflow at the Oct 2014 Amherst Show
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Amherst Car Show & Flea Market Vendor Letter

March 4, 2015

To our Amherst Auto Show Community,

We have been working hard to open for the 2015 season, looking at many different options.   However as April quickly approaches, we now regret to inform you that we will not be able to open the show for the 2015 season.  We will be issuing refunds to the 2015 prepaid dealers.  At this time, we do not know what the future holds for Werner's "field of dreams" and whether the business will re-open in 2016.

Thank you for your loyalty, support and kindness over the many decades that we have been in business.  You the dealers, have made the field a special place for us.  We especially thank you for your patience, prayers and support over the last few months.

Sincerely,

Elna Carlson
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Link to Amherst Website

Link to Amherst Photo Galleries

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Elgin Park
Small Town America
in the 1930's, 1940's, 1950's and 1960's
recreated with Diecast Model Cars
Photos Copyright by the creator
Michael Paul Smith
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circa 1942 Elgin Park Conservatory
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Elgin Park

Many antique and classic car collectors also collect die cast model cars.  Michael Paul Smith who lives in Winchester, Massachusetts is a model collector and has amassed a collection of 300 cars mostly 1/24 scale Franklin and Danbury Mint cars that ended up just sitting on a shelf. 

He decided to get some use of the collection, and with a simple inexpensive point and shoot digital camera, a portable table, some modeling techniques and his die cast models he has created Elgin Park a mythical small town of the 1930’s, 1940’s, and 1950’s.
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How the Photo Was Created
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The results he has achieved are truly extraordinary and in many cases it is hard to believe the images are not the real thing.  The fact that the photographs are not modified with PhotoShop or other photo editing software makes it even more amazing.

A Link to the Elgin Park photo gallery on the Flickr photo-sharing site is located below.   In the gallery many of the techniques that are used for the creation of the photos are explained.  In some cases model buildings are used to enhance the illusion.
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circa 1958 Elgin Park - new Seagraves Fire Truck
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Elgin Park - Flickr Photo Gallery Link
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How the Photo Was Created
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Images copyright Michael Paul Smith.

There is a book available on Elgin Park on Amazon for a very reasonable price.
Link to Elgin Park Book on Amazon
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circa 1938 Elgin Park 1936 Hudson Convertible flat tire
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Elgin Park circa 1956- DeSoto & Packard
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Elgin Park circa Jan 1959 - 58 Edsel - 59 Chevrolet Delivery
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The Beast of Turin
1911 Fiat S76
28.5 Liters (1739 Cubic Inches)
Started for the first time in over
100 Years in late 2014
Land Speed Record Holder
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1911 FIAT S76
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The 1911 Fiat S76 with its 28.5 liter engine was started for the first time in over a century in late 2014.  There were originally 2 FIAT S76 automobiles one built in 1910 and the other in 1911, parts from both cars were used in the restoration.

The 28.5 liter Fiat was built to try and capture the land speed record from the 21-liter Blitzen Benz.  It had advanced technology for the time including four valves per cylinder and an overhead cam resulting in it producing around 300 HP.

Links have been included to 2 videos, one showing a time lapse restoration sequence and the second a video of the car being driven on an estate in Great Britain. 

The Fiat S76 will be driven in public for the first time in over a century at the Goodwood Festival of Speed - June 25-28, 2015.

Enjoy the videos they are most impressive, you might want to turn the volume down when the enginge starts.   You can also Google "1911 Fiat S76" for more infomation.

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Link to Video of Restoration & First Start in over 100 years

Link to www.Autoblog.com - Article and Test Ride Video
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1911 FIAT S76
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Caution:   Avoid the use of E15 Fuel
it will void many warranties and can
damage your car.
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1920 Dodge Coupe
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The American Automobile Association is asking the EPA to suspend sales of E15 gasoline because a survey of its members found that 95 percent of them don’t know what it is and could unknowingly damage their cars as a result.

E15, a mix of 85 percent gasoline and 15 percent ethanol, was recently approved for sale by the EPA as a way to increase the use of renewable fuels, but it comes with a caveat.

While E10 (a 10 percent ethanol blend) is approved for nearly all gasoline-powered vehicles, by law E15 can be used only by cars and light trucks from the 2001 model year and later, because it could have an adverse affect on the engines and emissions systems of older vehicles.  
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Good to the Last Drop
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In a statement, AAA’s President and CEO, Robert Darbelnet wrote that “the sale and use of E15 should be suspended until additional gas pump labeling and consumer education efforts are implemented to mitigate problems for motorists and their vehicles,” adding that “consumers should carefully read pump labels and know their auto manufacturer’s recommendations to help prevent any problems from E15.”

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flex-fuel vehicles designed to burn fuel blends that contain up to 85 percent ethanol, 2013 model year Fords, 2012 Model year GM cars and Porsches built since 2001 are specifically approved by their manufacturers to use E15.

BMW, Chrysler, Nissan, Toyota and Volkswagen have already said that their warrantees will not cover E15-related damage, while eight others, including Ford and GM, say E15 use may void coverage on unapproved cars. That leaves just 12 percent of the vehicles on the road fully compliant with E15, according to the Alliance.

You can Google "E15" to find out further information. 

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Larz Anderson Article on
Boston.Com
March 2015
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The Larz Anderson Museum in Brookline, MA
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The Boston Globe's website Boston.Com had a very nice story on the Larz Anderson Museum by staff member Megan Turchi on March 13, 2015. 
Link to Boston.Com's Larz Anderson Story
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1929 Cord L29 Cabriolet
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Wilshire Boulevard
Beverly Hills, Calfornia
Taken late in the year - 1935

2 Minute Ride - filmed in 35mm
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Still Picture from 1935 Wihshire Boulevard Film
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This 2 minute 35mm film originally was taken to be used as back projection for the movie industry in driving scenes.  Filmed in late 1935, based on the 1935 California license plates on the vehicles and a few 1936 model year cars that are shown in the film. (Note the 1936 Chevrolet Standard sedan parked on the left at 1.08 time mark in the video.)  Check out the price of gasoline at the 47 second time mark.   Also note the absense of marked lanes and very few traffic signals.
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The film is a part of the Internet Archive's 35mm stock footage collection.  The source footage was shot on 35mm film, which even in the early 1930's far exceeded todays 1080p high defenition TV resolution. (1080p equates to 2k resolution, 35mm film equates to 4k-6k resolution).

Note the YouTube controls at the bottom of the video.  Mouse over the video to see the controls.  Once you start the video the "gear" lets you set the resolution.  The "bracket" lets you toggle between fullscreen and normal viewing.  YouTube sets the default resolution of video files based on your conection's speed, you can overide the default with the gear icon.
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Holiday & Winter Season Gallery 
Automobile, Truck &
Transportation Advertisements

The Golden Age of
Advertising Illustration
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Winter Advertising Illustration Gallery Link
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A gallery of period Advertising Illustrations concentrating on the Winter & Holiday Seasons.  It consists of image of Automobiles, Trucks, Trains and Airplanes from the golden age of the illustrator's art.
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