We’re pleased to announce that Brad Dietrich has joined our museum staff. He comes to us after forty years of labor as an car mechanic. While his career has had him fixing everything from Rolls-Royces to Subarus, he says that nothing has had him as excited as the opportunity to work on the amazing collections of classics that the museum has collected.
Levino was this Compound’s third proprietor. Its original proprietor was John Unser, the chief engineer and supervisor of the EHV Co. (manufacturer of the Compound). Unser stop driving it in 1912, and in 1934 bought it at auction for $17 to Howard S. Hall. Hall displayed the Compound in the the showroom of his father’s Nash and Dodge dealership in Carthage, New York. It was there the place Levino, a Pine Camp soldier, found it. He was in a position to purchase it from Hall’s widow in 1940.
I can not assist but wonder if Gustav Heine was impressed by the Fageol one hundred. He had built a few Heine-Velox vehicles beginning in 1904, but deserted production after the 1906 San Francisco earthquake destroyed his manufacturing facility. Interestingly, these first Heine-Velox cars have been the result of Heine’s partnership with Elbert J. Hall, who went on to type the Hall-Scott Motor Automobile Firm and later produce the engines for the Fageol a hundred and Fageol Security Coach.
Tourism was a big industry in that neighborhood going back to the 1800’s it was a well-liked vacation destination for urban Jews. When the Eden Springs Park first opened there have been nonetheless quite a few boarding homes within strolling distance the catered to Jewish tourists and plenty of of them also spent a variety of time in the park and ate their meals in the vegetarian restaurant there. In later years the Metropolis of David additionally catered to a primarily Jewish tourist clientele with kosher meals, a synagogue and the kosher hospital.
We added three cars to the Fountainhead Assortment, together with a 1902 Knox, 1906 Pope-Toledo, and 1910 Schacht. The Pope-Toledo gained several awards before we shipped it north, including First in Class (Antiques) on the Kirkland Concours d’Elegance, and Third in Class (A-1 Antiques) and the Ansel Adams Particular Award on the Pebble Seaside Concours d’Elegance.