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Published: 07.29.2015
The Ambulance: Early Days of Service
By: Robert Tate, Automotive Historian/Researcher
Images: Courtesy of the National Automotive History Collection

Looking back on America’s history of the ambulance and the great service it has provided for our community, you have to go all the way back to the very beginning. This week’s story highlights how medical ambulance services began in this country and how they assisted with war time efforts.

Published: 07.22.2015
The History of Jo Han Models
By: Robert Tate, Automotive Historian/ Researcher
Images: Courtesy of Robert Tate's Collection/ Dennis Doty- Model Car Journal

This story is about Mr. John Haenle and how he started one of the most famous and influential toy manufacturing companies in the world. Jo Han Models, a toy and model manufacturing company was started by the late Mr. John Haenle in 1947. The company was located in Detroit, Michigan at 17255 Moran Avenue. Mr. Haenle’s career started at the age of 8 years old building model airplanes.

Published: 07.15.2015
A Look Back, Mercury’s Sizzling High Performance cars of 1970
By: Robert Tate, Automotive Historian/Researcher
Images: Courtesy of Robert Tate's Collection

During the 1970's, American car buyers showed an ever-increasing appetite for a variety of premium quality vehicles. In response to that demand, in 1970, Mercury introduced three new youth-oriented models into the consumer market.

Published: 07.08.2015
The General Motors Technical Center
By: Robert Tate, Automotive Historian/Researcher
Images: Courtesy of The National Automotive History Collection

Some of the most beautiful and admired architectural buildings in the world are located at the General Motors Technical Center in Warren, Michigan. The complex was first created by former chairman Mr. Alfred P. Sloan who directed the late former President Mr. Harlow Curtis with a great task of putting this all together during the early stages of its development. Former head of design and VP, Mr. Harley Earl, also played a vital role in this great project and brought aboard the great architect Eliel Saarinen along with his son Eero Saarinen to develop a beautiful one square mile campus.

Published: 07.01.2015
“Dandy Dick Landy”, Race Car Legend
By: Robert Tate, Automotive Historian/Researcher
Images: Courtesy of Robert Tate's Collection

Mr. Richard J. Landy was one of the best automotive Stock Car/Drag racing drivers in the country during the 1960's and 1970's. His memorable career and performances covers nearly five decades of automotive racing. Racing fans from all over the world called him “Dandy Dick”. He and the Sox & Martin racing team dominated their competition which included other racing groups as well as other manufacturers. The popular Hemi engine that was introduced by the Chrysler Corporation during the 1950's helped to launch Mr. Landy's racing career.

Published: 06.24.2015
Jordan Automotive Advertising Designs
By: Robert Tate, Automotive Historian/Researcher
Images: Courtesy of the National Automotive History Collection

The Jordan Motor Car Company was founded in 1916 in Cleveland, Ohio. The factory plant was located at 1070 East 152nd Street near downtown Cleveland. The company was founded by the late Edward (Ned) S. Jordan (1882-1958). During the early parts of his career, Mr. Jordan worked his way through the University of Wisconsin as a newspaper reporter. Later, his career placed him at the National Cash Register Company in Dayton, Ohio. In 1906, he became advertising manager for the Thomas Jeffery Co., maker of the Rambler automobile. He later would become the company secretary, remaining with the Jeffery Company until 1916, the year his own company was founded.

Published: 06.17.2015
The Illustrations of Thomas Cleland
By: Robert Tate, Automotive Historian/Researcher
Images: Courtesy of The National Automotive History Collection



Some of Cadillac’s most popular and most admired automotive advertising illustrations of1928, were created by the late Thomas Cleland of Brooklyn, New York (1880-1964). Mr. Cleland was an American book designer, painter, illustrator, and type designer. His great works of art are admired by people from all over the world. Mr. Cleland was born in New York City. At the age of 15, he became one of the most gifted and talented artist in the country. His first success as a graphic artist and illustrator came when he submitted a series of drawings to a trade journal, the “American Bookmaker”. Later, he sold an illustrated sample of his work to a sports magazine for five dollars.

Published: 06.10.2015
Dodge Trucks – 1918 to Present
By: Robert Tate, Automotive Historian/Researcher
Images: courtesy of The National Automotive History Collection



The history of Dodge trucks begins with a fascinating journey dating back to the year of 1918. It was the Dodge Brothers who helped bring about a new way of traveling many consumers and the business community as well. The first Dodge truck was produced for commercial use. The vehicle was advertised at the time using the slogan “Dodge Brothers’ Business Car”. The appearance of the Dodge brothers business cars were so popular that it attracted attention everywhere. People far and wide enjoyed its modern appearance.

Published: 06.03.2015
The Influence of Walter P. Chrysler (1875-1940)
By Robert Tate, Automotive Historian/Researcher
Images: Courtesy of the National Automotive History Collection



The late Mr. Walter P. Chrysler was one of the world’s talented and leading pioneers in our automotive history. A great workman and strong influence in the development of our automotive heritage, His creative style and hard work will be remembered for generations to come. Walter Percy Chrysler was born in Wamego, Kansas on April 2, 1875. In 1878, his family moved to Ellis, Kansas where Mr. Chrysler received his primary and secondary education and began his career.

Published: 05.29.2015
Packard: A Name to Remember
By: Robert Tate, Automotive Historian/Researcher
Images: Courtesy Robert Tate's collection



The 1954 Packard models were introduced to the public on January 15, 1954 with the Clipper Special four door sedan added on in March. One of the rarest models produced in 1954 was the Packard Caribbean. The Packard Caribbean was a luxury six passenger vehicle with a handsome design model inspired by the show car the “Pan American”. Designed to be direct competition for Buick's 1953-54 customer market base, The Caribbean was thoroughly enjoyed by Packard's customers.

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