Obviously this cannot continue. As shown in the above pictures some of
the books are literally falling apart. The HCFI must either cut back on
research or find some way to preserve this irreplaceable material. The
Board believes scanning the literature into a computer is the best
The Board has submitted two proposals to sympathetic
Foundations for the total cost of the initial phase of this rather large
scanning project. Unfortunately to date, neither have been successful.
However both Foundations indicated they would favorably consider a revised
approach if the HCFI was to find a matching source of funds.
This is most encouraging and of course the Board will pursue other
sources of matching funds most aggressively.
October 22, 2005 the Board of Directors of the HCFI will meet and decide
the best way to accomplish our goals.
to recap on the current approach the Board is pursuing.
The proposal is to hand scan all the periodicals, from the earliest
until those dated around to 1924. This
will include seven major periodicals, 3,300 issues with a total of about
330,000 pages. This could
take a little while!!! The
Board has found a scanner that will allow scanning with the books only
opened to 90º so as not further damage the books.
In addition, some 3,000 pieces of manufacturer’s literature will
be scanned as part of the project. Also
to be scanned, in time, are the serial number books, wiring diagrams,
owners manuals, motor repair books, sales catalogs, technical books,
advertisements, photos, auto supply books, accessory files, and more
great suggestion that has been made is to use a character recognition
program during scanning. From
the recognized characters, a complete index of the contents of the book
can be electronically generated. This
electronic index could be added to the web site of the HCFI, allowing
anyone to search the library contents over the internet without any
contact with the research staff. To
get copies of the actual periodical, the user would have to contact the
research staff, who could make the required pages available, either
electronically or on paper. This
procedure preserves the integrity and requires no physical contact, of any
the library material.
course all this scanning cannot be done without some additional expense
over normal library operations. Besides
the labor of the copying, the HCFI will need to acquire an additional
computer, special scanner and we will need to utilize a much larger
storage media and central server which will greatly assist coordination of
the project. The estimates
for scanning the 330,000 pages of approximately 3,300 periodicals and the
3,000 sets of manufacturers literature, is about $66,000.
If we can raise one third or half of this amount from within the
HCFI, then we are confident one or both the Foundations we applied to,
will come through with the rest.
So watch for the next HCFI Newsletter and see how you can help the Library
achieve their goal of preservation and research ability.
We will need all of your help to achieve our goal
Jed Johnson Donates Audio Tapes on
History of Cadillac.
These reel to reel tapes were recorded in the late 1950s by his Uncle,
Russell Ferris Johnson. Russell was planning to write a book about the
early history of the Cadillac Motor Car Company and the role that his
father, Frank Johnson, played in the creation of the company and the car.
His Uncle Russell died in the early 60's from a heart attack and the
book didn't happen. Jed's father, Wauen Johnson, ended up with all of the
materials that Russell had gathered and, unfortunately, over the years
most of the materials have been lost or destroyed.
Approximately half of the tapes were lost in a flood while Jed's father
Jed believes there is a complete set at the Ford Archives but he is not
sure that they are accessible to the public.
The following is a list of gentlemen that were
interviewed by Russell Ferris Johnson.
Ben H. Anibal
Jed copied all of the reel tapes onto cassette tapes several years ago and
has donated the tapes to the Library in hopes that they would be available
to those with an interest in the histories of the Cadillac and Lincoln
L A. Danse
W. Rex Johnson
W. C. Leland
Ernest Sea holm
The Library wishes to thank Mr. John son for donating this wonderful
piece of history to the Library.
These tapes will be available at the Library.
From the Dyke’s Automobile and Gasoline
Engine Encyclopedia, Eleventh Edition, covering 1911– 1920
Auto Club of America
On Wednesday, January 7 1899, a public
meeting was held at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel, New York, and as a
result the National Auto Club of America was chartered on the following
Au gust 6. Six hundred machines were produced in 1899.
Earnings of Racing Drivers.
During 1915, Resta earned $37,750;
Anderson, $37,000; Cooper S31,750; De Palma, $24,600; and Ricken- backer,
Right Side of an Automobile
The right side of an automobile is always
understood to be the right of the driver when seated in the car not of the
person standing in front of the car.
First Rubber Tire
The first mention of rubber was in 1525,
when the Spaniards in Mexico saw the native playing with balls of a
In 1770 it was suggested as an eraser for
pencil marks. In 1323 Macintosh of Manchester, England, found that rubber
would dissolve in benzene and began making waterproof fabrics.
In 1832 the Roxbury Rubber Company was formed
in Massachusetts to engage in this work and Charles Good- year was one
of its employees. Good- year discovered vulcanization in 1635 In 1842 he
began producing rubber shoes. The first use of rubber tires was when Dietz
in 1835 patented a rubber cushion applied to an iron ring or tire. R. W.
Thompson, ar\ Englishman, patented trie first pneumatic tine on
December 10, 1845.
First Pneumatic Tires
The honor of inventing pneumatic tires is disputed between
two claimants: R. W. Thompson, a Scotchman, and John Dunlap, an Irishman.
The former devised an automobile rubber tire in 1839, but it never came
into use as it was a very crude affair and seemed of not practical
service. Thompson's tire was a single tube appliance and was invented in
1845. The solid rubber cushion tire and tfie single-tube air tire was
u&ed considerably in 1899 and 1900. The double-tube pneumatic tire
did not come into general use on automobiles until 1902. Single-tube
pneumatic tines were generally used up to 1903. Double-tube tires were in
use in 1902 and were generally used up to 1903. For a 30x 3 1/2 inch
single-tube flres the price in 1900 was $28; in 1901, $25; in 1903 the
double-tube tire casing and tube cost $41; 1913, $21.95; 1915, $14.30.
Tag States "No 6B Lehman's
Healer Manufcture by Lehmans Bros New York"
Dr. Merl & Joy Ledford have donated a beautiful lap
robe arid fool warmer to the Library. They would like the items to
be auctioned off at the HCCA convention in 2006.
We would like to thank the Ledfords for their generous donation
and their contin ued support of the Library
HCFI Wish List
Funds (o purchase items needed at the Library.
Television for showing Tapes/DVD $300
Adobe Acrobats Software $300
Adobe Photoshop Software $600
Fire Proof Files $800
Funds for Scanning Books New Location Buy/Share/Donated
Mr & Mrs, Robert Hopkins have made a
generous donation to the Library to enable us to purchase a new
black & white laser printer. They checked out our wish list and
were kind enough to help us update our equipment.
We wish to thank them for their generosity
Con Fletcher and Eva Morrison sent a very generous
donation to the Library.
They opened up their museum to tfie Model T National Tour in Colorado
and the Mile High Cyliner Club.
The Library is very grateful to Con and Eva for all
their work and their continued support of the Library,
Robert C Hopkins
|In Memory Of
||State of Jefferson HCCA
|Jack Me Quown
||George & Francis Sherman, Jack & Gail
|Roy E, Watkins Jr.
||Allen & Eliane Johnson Les &
Deloris Von Nordheim Les & Barbara Von Nordheim Jay &
Gifts in Kind
Robinson Ed Johnson
Bill Cuthbeii Don Dechant
Anderson Greg Tocket
Berryman Jerry Miller
George & Francis Sherman
Thomas & Kris Kettenburg Fredrick
Merl & Joy Ledford
New HCF Members
Bryan, Winter, Ml
lanuario, Paul, SC
Glen Fogelstrom, OR
Cleta Fuller, IA William Shields, VA
David Wolfe, MD Beverly Rae Kimes, NY
Can You Identify This Automobile???
Click to see a larger image
This picture was mailed in by a member for identification.
We know what it is not but not what it is. The photo was taken at a
birthday party in September of 1911 in Buffalo NY. It resembles a lot of
makes of the era but there is always something that does not match up like
fenders, hood or wheels. Any suggestions please call or e-mail Roberta at
Trailer Recovered by
La Mesa Police.
The Wells Cargo trailer which was stolen out of
the back parking lot has been recovered and is parked in a safer
The trailer was recovered by the La Mesa Police
Department one month after it was removed from the Library premises.
The locks were cut off but the trailer was undamaged and the stored
items were still inside.
The trailer was found less than a mile away from the Library
behind a gas station’s block wall. It was concealed behind the
wall so it could not be seen from the street
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