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  • Wow. Pre-war Studebaker photos from Vancouver, B.C.

    I hope this link works, but there are a lot of Studebaker photos to drool over. You can even zoom in and pretend you're there. Most of these are from one photographer: S. Thomson. Lots of delivery vehicles. My favorites so far are the Sigmore Motors display and the Studebaker Prize Winning Exhibit at Vancouver Agricultural Exhibition, 1917. Enjoy!
    http://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/i...ery=Studebaker
    "Madness...is the exception in individuals, but the rule in groups" - Nietzsche.

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    Thanks for posting...did you notice the T speedster in the photo: Part of Fleet of Studebaker 6 cyl. cars, Blue funnel Line? That would have been so cool tooling around in that rig back in the day! I like the contrast in size between the Furd and Studes. cheers, junior

    http://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/p...ue-funnel-line
    Last edited by junior; 12-27-2017, 06:57 AM.
    sigpic
    1954 C5 Hamilton car.

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    • #3
      I always liked those panel trucks which I posted the link here: http://forum.studebakerdriversclub.c...couver+talking

      And here: http://forum.studebakerdriversclub.c...tion-of-Canada

      Craig
      Last edited by 8E45E; 01-09-2018, 08:10 AM.

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      • #4
        That is a fine collection of period photos. Thanks for sharing. I really enjoyed examining all the details. After looking at those cars and trucks I don't don't know why anybody would buy anything else back then.
        Ed Sallia
        Dundee, OR

        Sol Lucet Omnibus

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        • #5
          It's been a while, Craig. I knew I'd seen some of the photos before and maybe that's because of the link you provided back then. Thanks! It never hurts to look again, huh?
          Originally posted by 8E45E View Post
          I always liked those panel trucks which I posted the link here: http://forum.studebakerdriversclub.c...couver+talking

          Craig
          "Madness...is the exception in individuals, but the rule in groups" - Nietzsche.

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          • #6
            Has anyone noticed the Westminster Trust Company sign on the building in that Blue Funnel picture? "4% interest paid on deposits"! Good times - new Studebakers and 4% interest. I don't feel so good about "progress" anymore.
            "Madness...is the exception in individuals, but the rule in groups" - Nietzsche.

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            • #7
              Too bad Studebaker didn't push the truck business more in those days. Those old trucks are kind of cool.
              1963 Champ "Stu Bludebaker"- sometimes driver
              1957 Silver Hawk "Josie"- picking up the pieces after an unreliable body man let it rot for 11 years from an almost driver to a basket case
              1951 Land Cruiser "Bunnie Ketcher" only 47M miles!
              1951 Commander Starlight "Dale"- basket case
              1947 Champion "Sally"- basket case
              1941 Commander Land Cruiser "Ursula"- basket case

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              • #8
                The "Blue Funnel Line" cars have 1917 British Columbia license plates. The Studebaker to the left has a Dealer plate.
                Bill Jarvis

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                • #9
                  Stuart Thomson was Vancouver's official photographer for more than 4 decades. I have cruised around the photo archives many times; but he did not do anything similar for any other auto maker. I believe Studebaker must have approached him for publicity photos.

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                  • #10
                    Or maybe he was smitten by Studebakers because they're just that awesome.... :3
                    1963 Champ "Stu Bludebaker"- sometimes driver
                    1957 Silver Hawk "Josie"- picking up the pieces after an unreliable body man let it rot for 11 years from an almost driver to a basket case
                    1951 Land Cruiser "Bunnie Ketcher" only 47M miles!
                    1951 Commander Starlight "Dale"- basket case
                    1947 Champion "Sally"- basket case
                    1941 Commander Land Cruiser "Ursula"- basket case

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                    • #11
                      In the early 30's the same car can be seen in many of his street scene photos. Apparently he was driving a Pontiac at that time.

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                      • #12
                        These photos are outstanding in composition and clarity. Seldom seen vehicles in their natural settings, very impressive. The photographers equipment was obviously top notch. I note the images are from glass plate negatives and I assume the negative size was 8 X 10" therefore all prints were 1 to 1 in size. Really great stuff! They do have two vehicles marked as Studebakers that are not. One the fire chiefs car with J. H. Carlisle looks to be a Selden car. The second the "Love Special," not sure what it is but definitely not a Studebaker, but a very unique and expensive car for the time.
                        Richard Quinn
                        Editor emeritus: Antique Studebaker Review

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                        • #13
                          If I remember reading right, British Columbia was officially 'right hand drive' until 1920, and I believe the last province/state in North America to be RHD.

                          Interesting the 1917 photo of the Ag Center show there's a mix of both RHD and LHD Studebakers on display.

                          Craig

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                          • #14
                            The "Love Special is a Roamer. BC drove on the left until 1920 but the shift from RH to LHD wasn't completed until 1922. The photo of the Studebaker service station also has a mix of left and right control vehicles. The Westminster Trust building (Blue Funnel Line) is actually in New Westminster, not Vancouver. It still exists and is one of the best preserved buildings in the area. The interior is still as it was in 1904.

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                            • #15
                              I believe the 1914 - 1918 Studebaker trucks chassis was a ww1 military spec and were outfitted as trucks, military ambulances, delivery vehicles, passenger busses and a host of other configurations before and after the war. There were several Studebaker dealers in the Vancouver area eventually turning in to Datsun dealers and then in to Nissan Dealers that are still thriving to day. I went in to a Nissan dealership and told the sales man that the grandfather dealership was a Studebaker Dealership, I don't think he was too impressed.

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