Thursday, February 11, 2016

American Pickers found a 1937 Harley 45 Servicar under a porch in Vicksburg, Mississippi

This is an extremely rare example of what Harley Davidson referred to as the 37-GD Model (large compartment servi-car 45ci flathead). “Pringle’s” was the name of the local service station and this was their delivery vehicle. This was the first year for the new 45 CI engine design with recirculation oil pump and styling. Ultra rare 1937 1 year only dash with all original OEM.

Bike is available for pickup at Cyclemoss in Red Boiling Springs, Tennessee

MoToR The Automotive Business Magazine from 1903 to 1940, and they had some cool art on the cover

by the way, these magazines were the size of books, and now sell for about $300 apiece

Radebaugh's brief studies at the Art Institute in Chicago (he “found the bright lights more interesting than classes”) led to his first experimentation with the airbrush.

 He honed his technique with the airbrush while doing more mundane rendering for Crescent Engraving in Kalamazoo, Michigan: designing boxes for chocolate candy and the like.

 One of the salesmen there saw Radebaugh’s airbrush work and asked if he could act as the young man’s agent; he probably surprised them both when he sold one of Radebaugh’s futuristic automotive renderings to MoToR Magazine in 1935 for $450.

Radebaugh's rise as a commercial artist was interrupted by the US entrance into World War 2. He was enlisted into the Army Ordnance Department, where he headed up a Design & Visualization division. He worked with fellow artists and industrial designers (notably, Will Eisner was working in the same office!), designing weapons of the future.

Radebaugh's Sunday comic strip — "Closer Than We Think" — was syndicated in the United States and Canada and ran for five years, 1958-1963, reaching nearly nineteen million viewers at its peak. There was only a single panel accompanied by explanatory text and, at times, arrows pointing to areas of special interest. Comic strips, however, rely on clear line work rather than airbrush technique, so Radebaugh used shading and stippling — but the comic panels lacked the depth and intensity of his signature airbrushing. And rather than simplify an idea, he continued to add detail after detail to his drawings, leading to muddled drawings rather than the clarity we appreciate in comics.

Ice cream man!

The household coffee, spices, yeast, chocolate, flour and different specialties sold directly under the brand "caïffa" delivered in uniform carts around Paris, and this guy, very smart, used dogs

hence, French roasted coffee

some photos I haven't seen before of the wonderful Grand Palace and 1st Aeronautical Exposition, 1909

Swift... when will this ever get old?

How? How did they pull off this move? Sinkhole?

25 Years at Speed The Watkins Glen Story with Brock Yates (1972 film)

Skip the 1st two and a half minutes

It's slow to get interesting, but really kicks in about 1/2 way through the film

the Mabee Special; a Bonneville Land Speed Record holder, SAC and SCCA road racer, show car, dragster and Pikes Peak entrant, found falling apart on a Mexican ranch in 1983

They started with a light and shapely Victress body over a state-of-the-art chrome moly chassis. A Kurtis torsion bar suspension supported a Ford axle up front and a Halibrand quickie rear. For power, the Mabees looked to the legendary Ray Brown to build them a 353 cubed Hemi sporting a Harmon & Collins mag, Hilborn injection, and a Chet Herbert cam. Somehow a ’39 top loader handled the heat.,13379/1953-Victress-S1A_photo.aspx

Some, after achieving great things, retire, and teach high school. Chuck Jordan, MIT grad, GM designer.. taught in El Cajon's Valhalla HS, and La Costa Canyon High School, both in San Diego County

A Whittier native, Jordan launched his career in 1949 as a junior engineer in GM's design division after graduating from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Jordan joined GM in 1949 and got to spend his early years on the Motorama show cars -- sci-fi examples of GM's most-fevered thinking. He called that the best job a designer could have.

In the 1950s, he moved to the advanced design studio, where he designed noteworthy dream cars for GM's "Motorama" concept showcase, including the 1955 Cameo truck and the 1956 Buick Centurian. He also was instrumental in the design of the XP-700 "Phantom" Corvette concept.

In 1957, the 30-year-old Jordan assumed the prestigious position of chief designer for Cadillac.

Jordan, who appeared in the 1996 PBS documentary "America on Wheels," noted in an interview with The Times before the documentary aired that contemporary vehicles lack the personality of cars in the 1950s.

"People back then were more conscious of cars," he said. "With the new generation, their cars are not as passionate a thing as they were back then. Now, people want minivans. They are driving a lot of trucks. In those days, people were expecting some fabulous cars."

Jordan once likened the 1959 Cadillac Eldorado's enormous pointed fins to "letting a tiger out of a cage — saying 'go!'"

"The original Cadillac fin was higher than the roof of the car on the coupe," he recalled with a laugh in The Times interview. "But even before the '59 hit the street, we had already completed the '60 design where we cut the fins off. That tells you we recognized that we probably overcooked it.

"But people loved that car. I think they probably love it more today because it was a reflection of that culture back in those days."

For GM’s Electro-Motive division, I did the Aerotrain locomotive–streamlined, slick as a whistle. When it was all done, I got a rare note from Harley Earl–and he never wrote notes–saying, “I just want you to know how much I appreciate your taking care of the Aerotrain.”

Soon after the Aerotrain, Bill Mitchell–who by then was clearly going to be the next Harley Earl–came to me and said, “Kid, if you want to get anywhere around here you’ve got to do cars.” And so they moved me over to the main building, in an advanced studio. My first car was the Centurion show car for the 1956 Motorama.

In 1962, the year Jordan was named executive in charge of automotive design, with responsibility for the exteriors of all GM cars and trucks, Life magazine named him one of the 100 most important young men and women in the nation.

In 1977, he was named director of design for the entire GM design staff. He followed Irv Rybicki, Bill Mitchell and Harley Earl.

Jordan, who began driving pickup trucks in his father's orchards at 11 and bagged groceries at Richard Nixon's family's store while in high school, was a 19-year-old sophomore at MIT when his mother encouraged him to enter the national Fisher Body Craftsman's Guild automobile model design competition sponsored by the Fisher Body Division of GM.

Motor Trend Magazine: What got you into teaching auto design to a high-school class? 
Jordan: I volunteer because I had some teachers in high school and at MIT who meant a lot to me–who understood creativity and taught me to do things differently. I always appreciated the mentors I had. Also, I’m drawing again. You can’t talk design–you’ve got to show them what you do. Besides, I’d rather hang out with kids than old folks!

Ralph Stein, illustrator, cartoonist, artist, WW2 Army vet

During World War II he was and Army Sgt and the staff cartoon editor for the U.S. Army magazine "Yank". During that time he was co-author, with Harry Brown, of "It's a Cinch, Private Finch," a humorous book about Army life, and many of his cartoons from "Yank" were compiled into a book called "What Am I Laughing At?"

From 1953 to 1959, he helped draw and write the "Popeye" comic strip and illustrated "Here's How" for King Features. Stein's first daily "Popeye" strip was published in December 1954 and his last in August 1959. Stein's stories used very little of Popeye's supporting players, and instead took the sailor all over the world. He also returned Bluto to the daily strip beginning in 1957.

Stein was the author of several books about cars, including Sports Cars of the World (1952), Treasury of the Automobile (1961), The American Automobile (1978) and The Great Cars (1967). Other books by Ralph Stein include The Pinup From 1852 to Now and The Great Inventions