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September 26th, 2007

My favorite British vintage event, after Beaulieu Autojumble, is the Hanbury Steam Rally. Fortunately, the steam rally directly follows Beaulieu on the next weekend, so one can cover both events without losing any steam. Stars of the Hanbury show, naturally, are the steam traction engines, which come in many flavors. The showman’s engine was the….
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September 21st, 2007

As in Ruby Anniversary. The Beaulieu International Autojumble marked its fortieth birthday a weekend back. Held annually on the Beaulieu Estate of Lord Montagu in England’s New Forest, the Autojumble offers some 2,000 vending spaces were one can buy brass lamps, hampers, picnic sets, car mascots or spanners. An engine for your Riley or DeDion….
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September 12th, 2007

If you grew up during the 1960s you may be excused for thinking that Winnebago invented the motor home. So metoric was that company’s rise that the name took its place alongside Kleenex, Kodak and Xerox as a generic description of their product (and many other people’s). In fact, motor camping was well established by….
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September 5th, 2007

In 1947, International Harvester debuted a new logo. Instantly recognizable as the corporation’s initials, IH, it was the work of Raymond Loewy, the renowned industrial designer who had already put his stamp on the Gestetner mimeograph machine, the Coldspot refrigerator and the Lucky Strike cigarette package. There was a deeper meaning, however. Given the nickname….
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Serendipity: n. An aptitude for making desirable discoveries by accident.
“They were always making discoveries, by accident and sagacity, of things they were not in quest of.”
Horace Walpole, The Three Princes of Serendip
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