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Sep 18 2019 frank femenias 11:55 PM

GREAT taxi restorations, and the photos of these original yellow cabs for hire 96 years later! I’m guessing the yellow Checker car was the next reliable model to continue the service. After that I’ve lost track. Uber has now made it a free-for-all.

From Update: Mystery Foto #37 Solved: The Bethpage Lodge Under Construction in September 1908

Sep 18 2019 Howard Kroplick 1:08 PM

Jordan Schreck

As the modern lambos left for the day was able to get this shot of a car much more ahead of its time following them out. #tucker48 @thebridge.hamptons

Zurich Classic Motors

This was such a highlight for me. So many thoughtful innovations. The door cut into the roofline which the Corvette and others picked and other up in the early 60s. Such an enduring tribute to the power of wish, tenacity and perseverance!

From Tucker 1044 Highlights From The Fourth Edition of The Bridge

Sep 18 2019 James Thorne 11:13 AM

Un message envoyé dans l’espoir qu’il sera vu par Alain, petit-neveu de Louis Wagner
Je suis secrétaire de la société du musée de Brooklands en Angleterre, où Louis a remporté le tout premier Grand Prix de Grand Bretagne en 1926.
Je voudrais bien pouvoir vous écrire directement et en savoir plus sur votre grand-oncle. Peut-être que le musée a plus d’informations à son sujet que vous aimeriez voir également?
Si ce message vous parvient, écrivez-moi s’il vous plaît au Musée - les détails se trouvent sur le site Web http://www.brooklandsmuseum.com.
Merci!
James Thorne
Translation to English:-
A message sent in the hope it will be seen by Alain, Louis Wagner’s great-nephew
I am company secretary of the Museum at Brooklands in England, where Louis won the first-ever British Grand Prix in 1926.
I would like very much to be able to write to you directly and to find out more about your great-uncle. Perhaps the Museum has more information about him that you would like to see, too?
If this message reaches you, please write to me at the Museum – details are on the website at http://www.brooklandsmuseum.com.
Thank you!
James Thorne

 

From VanderbiltCupRaces.com Exclusive: From the Helck Family Collection- Driver Louis Wagner

Sep 18 2019 Greg O. 1:27 AM

I saw those particular photos online myself, hence my assumption they were Yellow Cab manufactured.

From Update: Mystery Foto #37 Solved: The Bethpage Lodge Under Construction in September 1908

Sep 17 2019 Howard Kroplick 11:35 PM

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From Hemmings Daily: Tucker 1044 Awarded Best in Show-Post-War at the 2019 Hemmings Concours

Sep 17 2019 Howard Kroplick 11:30 PM

Rob Ida
Congratulations to Howard and Roz Kroplick for having the winningest Tucker 48 in history. 1044 winning “Best In Show” at the @hemmings Hemmings Concours D’Elegance today. The car left the grounds at “The Bridge” in Bridgehampton last night, arrived at the concours in Lake George this morning and took home the top honors!
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From Hemmings Daily: Tucker 1044 Awarded Best in Show-Post-War at the 2019 Hemmings Concours

Sep 17 2019 Howard Kroplick 11:28 PM

Steve Tremulis
Fantastic honor and a well-deserved Best in Show for Howard Kroplick and his beautiful Tucker ’48. The Tuckers and Rob Ida really did some great research in the restoration of Tucker #1044 and it’s great to see their efforts rewarded with the Recent Restoration trophy! It wasn’t that long ago that Tuckers were reviled for their controversial history. Now, they’re welcomed with open arms to any concours event as an American success story, even though only 51 original cars left the factory. Designer Alex Tremulis would be proud that the Tucker saga is finally out of the Hall of Shame!

From Hemmings Daily: Tucker 1044 Awarded Best in Show-Post-War at the 2019 Hemmings Concours

Sep 17 2019 Gorman Dick 1:01 PM

Yet another photo of a cab by the Yellow Cab manufacturing company.

From Update: Mystery Foto #37 Solved: The Bethpage Lodge Under Construction in September 1908

Sep 17 2019 Gorman Dick 12:52 PM

Regarding the Taxicab photo sent in by Librarian Alene Scobete. You saw my notes earlier regarding this subject BUT NOW I SEE YET ANOTHER POSSIBILITY regarding the manufacturer of those cabs seen in Alene’s library photo.
These cars could very well be manufactured by the Yellow Cab Company which was one of the taxi manufacturers back in the day. See attached. The Rockville Centre cab ad called them Yellow Cabs which I guess is a much a clue as it is a color.

From Update: Mystery Foto #37 Solved: The Bethpage Lodge Under Construction in September 1908

Sep 17 2019 Gorman Dick 10:28 AM

Below more pics regarding the Taxi cab question asked by Alene Scobete. The last pic is a 1920 Willys Limo

From Update: Mystery Foto #37 Solved: The Bethpage Lodge Under Construction in September 1908

Sep 17 2019 Gorman Dick 10:25 AM

Regarding the taxi cab question asked by Alene Scobete… My feeling, based on some research is that the Rockville Centre cabs were the Commonwealth Mogul Taxicabs and not the Willys Knight Limo. Here’s why. When you look at the sepia photo sent by Alene you will see that the cabs had solid disk wheels, not the wooden artillery wheels used on the Willys. And if you look at the ad it should be read in two parts. The top half of the ad mentions 8 yellow cabs for village and station calls. The bottom half of the ad mentions Willys Knight 7 passenger limousines for weddings, beach parties and touring, etc. Two different cars for two different purposes. Also if you look at the clipping showing the Commonwealth Mogul you will see that it matches the cars in library photo in every aspect. The top rear of the Commonwealth roof has a sharp corner whereas the Willys is rounded off. I am attaching pics to help illustrate these differences. I am sending three additional photos in a second comment box.

From Update: Mystery Foto #37 Solved: The Bethpage Lodge Under Construction in September 1908

Sep 16 2019 Frank Mendyk 6:53 PM

Location - LIMP Plainview/ Bethpage, Bethpage lodge
            photo looking to the east
Date- September 1908, Survey was done in June 1908 (photo#1)
        Building of lodge July, August 1908
        driveway of lodge (photo #2) taken August 0f 1908, the driveway in the mystery photo was not complete next to the lodge when taken in September of 1908 The entrance to Round Swap Rd appears complete in the August 1908 photo

Auto - Buick, driver and photographer took many photo of the completed LIMP in September 1908 ( Meadowbrook Lodge to Bethpage Lodge) for the 1st race on the new parkway.
For Sale sign - Round Swamp Rd

From Update: Mystery Foto #37 Solved: The Bethpage Lodge Under Construction in September 1908

Sep 16 2019 Gorman Dick 2:03 PM

Mystery Foto #37… This Foto shows the Bethpage Motor Lodge in 1908. The Auto is a 1908 Buick Model 10. Driver unknown.
As for Alene Scobete’s question about the line of taxis… I believe that they are Commonwealth Mogul Taxicabs probably 1918. This Commonwealth company was purchased by Checker Taxi in 1919 after which the cars were named Mogul Checkers. Can’t identify the road near the For Sale sign.

From Update: Mystery Foto #37 Solved: The Bethpage Lodge Under Construction in September 1908

Sep 16 2019 frank femenias 10:00 AM

Taking a wild guess on this at 36k feet. Bethpage lodge looking NE around 1910. The bridge over Round Swamp Rd still needs to be built on the curve. Bethpage lodge 1910-1960s. Forgot the photographers name in the Buick. For Sale sign is on Round Swamp Rd. SFO or Bust!

From Update: Mystery Foto #37 Solved: The Bethpage Lodge Under Construction in September 1908

Sep 15 2019 Dennis 11:32 PM

Wow! Nice detective work! And, I might be wrong - but it looks like that tree might still be there?!??

From Documenting the Location of the 1908 Ground-Breaking Ceremony for the Motor Parkway

Sep 15 2019 Art Kleiner 8:58 PM

Identify the Mystery Foto location, the lodge and orientation of the photographer.
Round Swamp Road, Bethpage - Bethpage Lodge, looking west.

What was the approximate date of the Foto? Provide a rationale.
Sept. 1908 - lodge being built (actually I found the digital picture and it was captioned with the date

Identify the automobile and its owner: Buick - Willie K.

The “For Sale” sign behind the automobile was located on what road?
Manetto Hill Road

From Update: Mystery Foto #37 Solved: The Bethpage Lodge Under Construction in September 1908

Sep 15 2019 Brian D McCarthy 8:14 PM

Thanks, Al. Ahern is familiar, it’ll come to me at some point.

From Updated: From a Family Photo Album: The Central Avenue/LIRR Motor Parkway Bridge

Sep 15 2019 Dick Gorman 7:21 PM

Wish I had been at the Bridge event. I raced on that track in my Porsche Speedster and later in a Formula V King race car. The polished aluminum car seen in your last photo is a Glockler Porsche which I saw racing at the street circuit in Bridgehampton around 1951 or1952 driven that day by none other than Max Hoffman, the man responsible for importing all those wonderful european cars back at the beginnings of the wave of interest here in oh so many cool sports cars ... early ‘50s.

From Tucker 1044 Highlights From The Fourth Edition of The Bridge

Sep 15 2019 Steve Lucas 7:11 PM

I think the photographer was facing approximately north-east when he took this photo of the Bethpage Lodge. Since the lodge looks almost complete, I’m guessing the photo was taken around September, 1908 just prior to the grand opening of the LIMP and October’s Vanderbilt Cup Race. The car is a Buick, seen in several photos taken of the LIMP around this time. I’m guessing it could have been owned by the photographers Spooner & Wells. The “For Sale” sign is on Round Swamp Road.

From Update: Mystery Foto #37 Solved: The Bethpage Lodge Under Construction in September 1908

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