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Jul 16 2019 S. Berlner, III 10:01 PM

That Zorn’s pic takes me back (NOT aback) but it’s far t0o grainy to do much with.  I’ve marked up what I can see with some degree of certainly.  1 is a ‘40 or ‘41 Chrysler, 2 is a ‘46-48 Chrysler product, probably a Dodge, 3 is a ‘50 Chrysler product, probably a Plymouth, 5 may well be a ca. 1952 Mercedes 220 Cabriolet A, 8 is so indistinct that it could be a late-‘40s Ford or a ‘50 Chrysler product, and 10 is unmistakably a ‘49-52 “bathtub” Nash Airflyte (Ambassador or Statesman?).  Funny, I don’t recall Zorn’s lot being gravel; I think I’d remember that.  Sam, III

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Jul 16 2019 Rosemary Lucas 2:23 PM

This is for Roz—-I just want to thank you for your support of Howard in all of his endeavors . I am Steve’s wife so I understand fully how necessary it is to spend more ‘together time” —ENJOY

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Jul 16 2019 frank femenias 12:35 PM

Howard - Was the ground-breaking ceremony truly held north of the LIMP? I always thought it was south on that stretch of grass, the former CRR right-of-way.

Also was the 1948 Jerusalem Road LIMP bridge looking south? There is a culvert to the right of the bridge (east?) in the photo, where today rest a basin to the east of the former bridge.

Never knew about Zorn’s turkey farm but they are still using the same logo on their restaurant signs today.

Brian - Love the mysteries. I had noticed the alamy watermarks on the photo. There are but two that are well hidden. Did you notice them?

Always learning something here, thanks Howard and friends! 
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Howard Kroplick

Frank, it is a good question of where the ground-breaking stand was located. I will post a photo that shows the relationship of the stand with a LIRR crossing sign.

The caption “view looking south” is confirmed on the above August 20, 1908 photo of the bridge with the culvert on the right.

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Jul 16 2019 frank femenias 11:42 AM

Dave - When you visited inside P.O. Zinzi’s motorcycle garage, did the existing studs/joists appear a century old (frail, discolored from leaks), or newer and perhaps replaced at some point? This century old + structure has an immaculate exterior!

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Jul 16 2019 Tom 8:32 AM

Love that pic Frank, gas up and eat!

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Jul 16 2019 Tom 8:26 AM

The newest car at Zorn’s looks like a 1952 Ford.  Most are from the late ‘40’s.

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Jul 16 2019 Brian D McCarthy 12:16 AM

Sorry about that, Frank F. I know how maddening these old aerials can be. Wonder if the original image displayed a larger area? ( found this on Alamy )

If I found this image as “location unknown”, I’d be studying this along with everyone else, Sam III !

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Jul 15 2019 Bruce Craig 11:39 PM

The other Phantoms in the movie were done by “trick mirrors”, not wax or cardboard. The Phantom was not designed by Gordon Buerig (who did design the Cord 810 that Russ Heinz owned and from which the power train and partial chassis was taken and used in the Phantom). Another article says “straight eight” engine which, of course, is incorrect because the Lycoming engine from the Cord used in the Phantom was a V8.

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Jul 15 2019 Tim Ivers 9:18 PM

Congratulations Howard.  Everything you’ve been involved with has been known for quality and high standards.  That’s mainly due to you. Glad to see you’re “shifting gears” and going to enjoy some carpe dime time.

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Jul 15 2019 Frank Mendyk 7:07 PM

I also forgot to mention that Zorn’s Turkey farm would be on the top of the photo.

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Jul 15 2019 frank femenias 12:31 PM

Congratulations Howard on receiving the rewards, they’re most deserving for all that you do. I often wonder how you cover all the bases between family, events, the cars, society….. sorta like Steven Seagal – the one man army. This is not an ending but a fresh start to a new beginning. Congrats
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Howard Kroplick

Frank, there is only so much time in one day. The key is use it wisely and with the right people!

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Jul 15 2019 Frank Mendyk 11:50 AM

Location - Bethpage (Central Park) looking southeast over Stewart Ave, LIMP, and   LIRR Central Branch
Location of LIMP - the LIMP runs on a diagonal on the lower left side of the aerial
The Central Branch runs next to LIMP
Major Roads - Arthur Ave, Stewart Ave, Broadway, Hempstead Turnpike and Lincoln Blvd. (runs on a diagonal off of Stewart Ave).
Important event- Ground breaking ceremony of the LIMP June 6, 1908, corner of Stewart Ave (Jerusalem Rd) and LIMP.
Commercial entity - St. Joseph’s Hospital
Date of photo - 1953.  The house appears to be under construction on Lincoln Blvd.  The house was built in 1953.

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Jul 15 2019 Michael Cain 9:57 AM

Happy to hear that you are making some changes to enjoy time with your family Howard. You have contributed so much to several organizations and you can be proud of your many contributions. Also happy to hear that you will continue to lead the Long Island Motor Parkway group.

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Jul 15 2019 Joseph DeBono 2:18 AM

Well done Howard

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Jul 15 2019 Howard Kroplick 12:05 AM

John P:

Congrats on your impressive run as town historian.  Better balance is a worthy goal, especially at our age.

I hope there aren’t any health issues lurking behind your decision…

JRP
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John, knock on wood, I am in excellent health! This May while celebrating my 70th birthday, a woman in her 30s tried to guess my age. I told her to give an honest guess and not to be concerned about hurting my feelings. She responded” You are 43 years old!” I told her “You are a little off, since I have been married for 47 years!!”

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Jul 14 2019 Howard Kroplick 11:54 PM

Walt Gosden:

Hi Howard
I just read your post about stepping down as Town of North Hempstead Historian. I can well understand your decision with all you are involved with the LIMP association and the Roslyn Landmarks Society as President. You mentioned when we were at lunch you were trying to step back and have a more balanced life. Bravo for you, and sincere thanks for all you have done and inspired others to do for preservation.
Walt

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Jul 14 2019 Howard Kroplick 11:44 PM

Bill Murray:
Howard, after reading your latest newsletter, I hope all is well with your/family’s health. The LI Community needs you! If there is anything I can do to help you, please let me know. Bill Murray (Long Island Motor Touring Club (LIMTC)
PS throughout the preceding years I have enjoyed parking my 1929 REO next to your Work Of Art at various shows - whether it be your Vanderbilt racer, mustang prototype, Chrysler, ...(OK Tucker too) what I enjoyed most was listening to you describe the vehicle of interest, your talks at the Bethpage library, etc. (someday I hope to visit your garage…as well)
Yes, you have also trained your staff (wow and to think one of them has recently retired) to fill in when you could not make the show…
I & others truly appreciate all you have done for the local community…again, hope all is well with you & yours, Bill
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Howard Kroplick

Bill, thanks for the kind words and offer.

Not to worry, I am in excellent health as I celebrated my 70th birthday in May… Just need more family and “me” time.

 

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Jul 14 2019 Howard Kroplick 11:39 PM

Natalie Naylor:

Howard,
I’m sorry that you’ve resigned as Historian of North Hempstead Town. You’ve been an excellent town historian and leader in the Long Island history community as well. I hope you’ll continue to lend your talents to the Roslyn Landmark Society (I have no doubts that you’ll continue with the Vanderbilt Cup Races).
Natalie
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Howard Kroplick

Natalie, yes, I am still president of the Roslyn Landmark Society and still posting away on this website.

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Jul 14 2019 Howard Kroplick 11:28 PM

We’ll miss you in that capacity, Howard.

JF Purcell
Nassau County Photo Archives

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Jul 14 2019 mark schaier 10:33 PM

Still President of L.I. Motor Parkway Preservation Society, I hope??
More quality time with your sweetie Roz hopefully??
The historical marker in your office?, not in your ‘Trophy Room’ with your many other
awards?? BE WELL HOWARD!!
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Howard Kroplick

Yes, still president of the Long Island Motor Parkway Preservation Society.

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