QC, Canada - July 20, 2010 - I have a large collection of
collectible old car magazines and included are many copies of –"model t
times". Several issued in the 1980’s & 90’s include the pictures
you see here.
July-August 1990 back cover features a painting
(1926-26 era) supplied or done by Howard Gustavson of Chicago and
another from January-February 1986 issue features a
valentine back cover that was reproduced and dates back from ford
times magazine 1912.
There are great old pictures – stories and
ads from the good old days. Here are some notes from the Model T Ford
Club that was based in Chicago , Ill.
The official founding date of the club is December 1952.
However, like most beginnings, the “seeds” were
sown over several years prior to that date. Owners of antique
and classic automobiles would gather each summer on the last Saturday
of the Illinois State Fair for antique car day, as well as attending
other car gatherings. The Model T owners were drawn together
at these events, discussing the joys and frustrations of this unique
automobile. They found it helpful to discuss restoration
problems, sources for parts and tools, to exchange manuals and other
literature, and to offer each other encouragement when
“Henry’s Lady” was particularly
obstinate. Eventually these owners began to hold
meetings specifically to help one another with restoration projects.
The first newsletter, three pages mimeographed, was published September
1, 1953, edited by Robert Syverson and titled Model T Ford Club
Bulletin. As the editor said:
“We’ll call it that for lack of a better
name. As you know, a means of keeping in touch is vital for
Model T owners, so let’s just regard this first issue as
exactly what it is, a beginning.” The editor also
wrote that a contest would be held for an official name for the
newsletter, with a prize “...such as an old head gasket or
something” ... for the winning name. The winner was
W. Thompson Hoyt of Oshkosh, Wisconsin, who coined the name which began
with issue No. 2 and continues in use today. A great
beginning, which has brought us to the fine, award-winning Model T
Times members now receive six times annually!
Over the years since, just one editor was a professional journalist --
Philip Hoffman, who served from mid-1964 to mid-1968. Other
editors were dedicated members who followed Syverson’s
example: Ray Melander, Lorraine Kupka, Chris Katz, Bob Mogge,
Richard Leiser, Bob Nelson, Bob Cain, Leonard Bonnevier, Ed Gathman,
William O’Rourke, John Miser, and current editor (with the
distinction of serving the longest time of all) Howard Gustavson.
In addition to Model T Times, the club publishes many items of interest
including the Judging Guidelines and Ford Service
Bulletins. Back issues of Model T Times and several
informational pamphlets about specific parts are available.
The club also sells items with the club logo--from hats, shirts and
jackets to coffee mugs and jewelry to membership pins and
patches. Need a key? Or club decals? Stop
at the International sales table at annual events or check the magazine
for placing orders!
beautiful stained glass