This week we will have the privilege of seeing a lot more vintage post cards depicting humor that involved America’s most popular automobile – the Model T Ford. Truly the king of Model T comic post card illustrators was Cobb X Shinn, but he was not alone. Many of the cards we see today are signed “Witt”, we don’t know who Mr. Witt was but clearly he was quite talented too. Other Model T joke cards were, like the example above, not signed at all but very funny.
The cards seen here are primarily from the collection of Erwin “Irv” Plagman. Mr. Plagman is no longer with us, but we hope he is looking down upon us and enjoying what his son is sharing with us here today.
It is 7:45 AM Saturday, June 9, 2018 at the Farmington Minnesota fairgrounds camping area. We pulled in and started unloading. It was a beautiful morning, about 60 degrees F. Wet dew was on the grass. It looked like a perfect day for a Model T tour! The peaceful morning was the perfect backdrop as first one, then two, then several Model T’s puttered, coughed, and snorted to life.
We recently visited one of the best car museums anywhere in the world. It is the Gilmore Museum, located in Hickory Corners, Michigan. It is not far from Battle Creek or Kalamazoo, Michigan.
A lovely 1908 Stanley sits in front of one of the restaurants inside the Gilmore Museum.
With over 300 cars on display and 300 other cars and trucks kept in storage for rotation on site, this is a massive facility. Marque museums are operated and cared for by the Model A Restorer’s Club (MARC), the Classic Car Club of America (CCCA) the Pierce Arrow Society, the H.H. Franklin Club, and others. The grounds encompass some hundreds of acres. There are multiple buildings, each devoted to a theme. Let’s take a look at a few of the wonderful things in this first class collection. I can’t even come close to showing all of the buildings or all of the automobiles. We will look at a few of my favorites.