This old engine sits outside the entrance to this Fairbanks museum. Bob and I are astounded at what we see. Many of these cars never went into production, and are one of a kind. All have been lovingly restored, are in drivable condition, and are works of art. Many of the manufactures are long out of existence. Be certain to use the link to the website at the end of this post.
After photographing the Hay (the above car), I realized this was going to be hard work. So, I turned the camera over to Bob for the rest of the cars. I did take a couple of shots of the wall pictures, which show the cars being used, which is great to see. Also, after the cars, I'm including a slide show of the fabulous costumes which accompanied almost every display. Enjoy!
Bob didn't take these pictures in any particular order. At least here's a name we recognize!
Here's another long-loved name out of business. Maybe if they still made cars with character like these, that wouldn't be the case. What do you think?
I love this picture of the Willow chairs with the old stove. There are many Willow trees in this part of the world, and your favorite moose will thank you. They gorge on them during the summer months.
One of my personal favorites is the Cord. Apparently I'm not the only one to appreciate it's beauty. Too bad it never went into production.
All of these cars are works of art, and I cannot imagine keeping them clean - especially here in Fairbanks. I haven't seen a clean car since arriving in Alaska. But, take a look at the grills on these next few cars. Can you picture yourself washing off the mud, snow, and gunk on the road and then polishing them? I think not!
Have you noticed the equally breathtaking gowns shown with the cars? I asked the docent if pictures were available on their website, but sadly they aren't. So, I tried my best to get some shots of them. Many were encased in glass and impossible to reach. Others have much glare, but I included them anyway until such time as they become available on their website.
Calling on you fashionistas - inspiration awaits!
For further information: Fountainhead Museum
Love the cars, but the clothing is FABULOUS!!
Glad you enjoyed your visit! The 1898 Hay Motor Vehicle is actually the only one of our automobiles that didn't make it into production, though for many of the others their production was short-lived.
We hope to get more photos on our web site soon!
Nancy DeWitt, Fountainhead Antique Auto Museum
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