Saturday, January 15, 2022

Genny found this bicycle badge, and was wondering about the LW Bicaise company that made bikes in the 1880s in Charleston NC


Lawrence Bicaise was born in 1857. In 1940, he was 83 years old and lived in Charleston, South Carolina. He died in 1946

there's so many interesting things in old advertisments

A REAF 50, the first post war car built by in 1950 by the Riga Experimental Automobile Factory. Thank you Sledgehammer 6, Old Tom9, Tokyo Ton, Kim, an Shas for helping on this!

Thiriet, very reminiscent of Alphonse Mucha's style

looks dangerous

Wheelmen's Tournament - Harpers Young People 1885

wow, sticking to the primary colors, and not straying far from a color wheel either, the French bicycling advertising posters


An interesting year in history because 2 inventions appeared that would end up in one of the most productive advertising collaborations in history.

The first was color lithography. A massive bucket of rainbow-colored paint was splashed all over the world of both art and advertising. 

Lithography was a chemical process that did away with... well... just about everything difficult about printing.

Lithography had been around since 1798 in a similar, but more complicated form developed by Aloys Senefelder. 

Colour lithography saw the light of day when Thomas Schotter Boys produced some architectural printwork in 1839, but nothing much happened after that until Jules Chéret started a printing company in Paris, in 1866. He wowed everyone with his colourful productions, using new techniques that allowed for an amazing array of shades. 

Some point to his poster for Bal Valentino from 1869 as the birth of the modern poster.

Chéret focused on the illustration. The artwork. He relegated text to mere supplementary information. He launched upon the world a brave new medium.

Artists scrambled to be a part of it. Everyone wanted a piece of the creative action.

 In 1869, something came along that would set the world alight. Two Englishmen, Reynolds & Mays, patented the Phantom prototype that replaced wooden spokes with thin, metal ones. Three years later, Smith & Starley produced the Ariel bicycle. It was not yet the classic diamond frame that Starley developed in 1885, with the production of the Safety Bicycle, but this "Ordinary" or "Penny Farthing" model sent shockwaves reverberating around the world. Welcome to the birth of a revolution.

this is pretty artistic, by someone I haven't come across before, C. Santini. 1890

this is certainly something else. From an artist named Rhode, 1900

Eugene Oge art, 1900

advertising art by Marius Rossillon, aka O'Galop, in 1900-1915

such great use of the primary colors to advertise tires

I wish I could make out the signature so I could see what else the artist has done

1903 circus vehicle designed for an elephant, that the elephant is dressed in driving goggles and a chauffer's hat is just bonus

great vintage toys

nice art, I love the appearance of the unstaged characters, so lifelike in their relaxed demeanor. These are for a classic car meet up (1920-1945) on June 11 and 12th 2022 in Seine et Marne in the village of Vincy-Manoeuvre (77) 65 km from Paris

Great looking factory hood pin '70 Charger R/T with the Super Trak Pack ( I trust you gear heads know what that means) has 6 days left on the BAT auction, and is at 45k already

Damn shame Chargers didn't have a great hood scoop

I was contacted this morning by Mark, who competed in the 1965 Plymouth National Troubleshooting Contest in Detroit, after winning the San Francisco Bay Area Regional competition held in San Mateo (Thanks Steve! )

Mark attached a picture of him and his partner, Raul Mora, and the owners of the Santa Rosa CA Plymouth dealership, Zumwalt Plymouth Chrysler. 

Mark has been trying to find information that describes the PNTC so he can share it with his family (younger generations) and friends, as he is almost 75 now, and wants them to know what he was up to when he was just 18.

I have posted a couple times about the contest, but I didn't add a specific troubleshooting contest tag to those posts, and they are buried in the archives, in the 208 Plymouth posts

Mark sent me an email, and said:

Reading this has brought back some more memories. 

 Some of the things we had to identify and repair in the CA regional contest were: spark plug welded shut, neutral starting switch wire disconnected in firewall cable connector, 8 cylinder distributor cam and shaft assy was replaced by one from a 6 cylinder engine, which caused the plugs to fire in WILD timing order … which caused backfires up the carburetor, and several other items which don’t come to mind right now. 

 At the Nationals competition, I don’t really remember any of the malfunctions EXCEPT the one that got us disqualified … along with so many other teams that if memory serves correctly they didn’t have enough non-disqualified contestants to fill all five “first through 5th places” by the ending time (started at 1:00 and ended at 5 PM … again if memory serves). 

 What they had done was to loosen the 2 small screws that hold the OVAL shaped butterfly in the carburetor, and then they twisted the butterfly slightly so that it would NOT FULLY CLOSE in the bore of the carb no matter how hard you pulled on the throttle. We, and many others, didn’t recognize what they had done, and compensated for the extra air going through the carb by adjusting the mixture and idle screws to get it to idle “properly”. BUT, when the judges removed the air cleaner cover and looked into the carb, they could see immediately that we hadn’t fixed it correctly, and the rules were that you had to have fixed EVERYTHING correctly or you were disqualified. 

 Such is life, and we DID have a wonderful time in Detroit . They put us up in a fancy hotel and took care of us, and gave us a tour of a Chrysler/Plymouth auto assembly factory, and I remember specifically, that the management was so proud that they had recently sped up the line from 55 cars per hour to 60 cars per hour. In order to do this, they had to “rebalance the line” a bit such that some workers couldn’t do “all of their original task”, and one that I again specifically remember, was that the worker who initially installed the lug nuts (just with his fingers) could NOW only install 4 per wheel, so the fellow who put the spare tire in the trunk now installed that last 5th lug nut on each wheel.

 Another thing they did was show us the Chrysler experimental car that was powered by a gas turbine engine, and it ran so smoothly that they put a nickel standing on its edge on the air cleaner cover and it just stayed there even though the engine was running. Funny what an 18 year old will remember.

P.S. something that we learned about in a previous years competition was that the competition creators placed a small clear plastic cap over one of the ignition points so that even when the points closed they did NOT make electrical contact … and the clear plastic made it hard to see what the problem was.

Thank you Steve! 

Friday, January 14, 2022

have a cool weekend!

a woman owned this 1970 396 SS Chevelle for 45 years before a flipper got it, now it's on Ebay with 3 days left, and bidding is up to 16.6k

hell of a great paint job, on the first lowrider van I've ever seen

a van isn't a lowrider just because it's using airbags to sit on the ground, a paint job has to be important to being a lowrider, right? Because this isn't the first van to sit on the ground. Van Go, Coby Gewertz's van did that years ago. But no one thought of it as low rider that I'm aware of... so I think that a paint job that looks right has to be part of it.

VanSlam is the creation of Gary Villeggiante of California’s Sin Nombre custom shop, and his pet project. He invested more than two years of work and money into the project and, as Gary himself explains in his most recent interview with Barcroft’s Ridiculous Rides, it’s his way of proving to the world that you can make a lowrider out of a van, contrary to public opinion.

10 people were arrested and nine high-performance sports cars were impounded by Hong Kong police