AACA - CHESAPEAKE REGION

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2018 - Automobilia Collection Tour

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Postponed one week, due to weather issues, our first year 2018 Chesapeake Region event began with assembly for breakfast, before traveling to our destination to see an amazing, private automobilia collection in Elkridge, Maryland.

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Phil, our Club Activities Chairman, arranged the tour, sandwiched between breakfast at a local Cracker Barrel restaurant and lunch at Daniels Bar and Restaurant on Washington Boulevard. With his handouts of printed maps and directions, everyone stayed on track.

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Cracker Barrel displays memorabilia of its own on the walls of their restaurants, including vintage "Nichol Kola" signs. They always catch the eye of this webmaster. The source concentrate for that beverage of the 1930s and 1940s was produced by the H.R.Nicholson company of Baltimore. The Nicholson family, owners of the company, were my next-door neighbors in Pikesville. I worked my first summer job at their plant in the early 1960s.

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After a hearty breakfast, we all ventured over to the site of the private collection.

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Upon entering the garage housing the collection, everyone's attention was immediately drawn to the Ford Model A roadster displayed.

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It got a thorough inspection.

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As we ventured further into the garage, a 1957 Chevrolet Belair sporting a Baltimore Colts figure on the rear window shelf, introduced us to the immense automobilia collection we were about to experience.

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Floor to ceiling displays surrounded us.

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From cabinets housing old car models...

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... to large overhead neon signs.

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A display of year 1932 automobile license plates from every State of the United States.

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Everywhere you looked - high and low - you were treated to images of the past.

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General Motors vehicles were well represented.

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Club newsletter editor Bill gazes at the many car care products displayed.

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Mary and Ed were enjoying the day visiting the collection.

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The Baltimore Soap Box Derby, held on Hillen Road, just north of 33rd Street, was a popular Baltimore tradition.

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Bygone car maintenance products filled these shelves.

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Viewing the collection triggered many personal memories, and were certainly the subject of many conversations.

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To so creatively display this collection took a lot of imagination, a lot of dedication, a lot of time... and obviously a lot of work.

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The standard "6" and "8" of the '60 cars is now more likely to be a "4" or "6."

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The "Public Telephone" -- now a thing of the past.

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The Baltimore Auto Show has been in existance since 1906! Here's a promotion for the tenth annual show. Chesapeake Region has had the privilege of displaying our antique vehicles at the show in recent years. We will again display vehicles at the 2018 show February 8th through 11th at the Baltimore Convention Center.

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A well-organized tool rack!

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The globe from an Oriole gas pump.

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Vintage Pep Boys products.

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You'd need to multiply that by a factor of 100 to match today's monthly prices.

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As our tour ended, we gathered for a group photograph, among this amazing collection. Our sincere gratitude to our gracious host for giving us this opportunity to view his great automobilia display.

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We ended the day as we began, with a hearty meal - this time at Daniels Bar and Restaurant on Washington Boulevard.
Thanks to Activities Chairman Phil for arranging the fun-filled day!