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Z. Taylor Vinson collection of transportation ephemera, Series XIX. Pictorial - Miscellaneous
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Z. Taylor Vinson collection of transportation ephemera, Series XIX. Pictorial - Miscellaneous

Accession 20100108.ZTV.XIX

Published Collections, Hagley Museum and Library


PO Box 3630
Wilmington, Delaware, 19807
302-658-2400
research@hagley.org

Finding aid prepared by Emily Cottle, Laura Muskavitch, Robin Valencia, Nicole Watts, Kenton Jaehnig, Alison Kreitzer, Annalise Berdini, and Vicki Wasserman in 2013.,

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[Description and dates], Box/folder number, Z. Taylor Vinson collection of transportation ephemera, Series XIX. Pictorial - Miscellaneous (Accession 20100108.ZTV.XIX), Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807

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Descriptive Summary

Title: Z. Taylor Vinson collection of transportation ephemera, Series XIX. Pictorial - Miscellaneous
Dates: 1926-2009, bulk 1939-2007
Accession Number: 20100108.ZTV.XIX
Creator: Vinson, Z. Taylor
Extent: 3 linear feet
Language of Material: English
Repository: Published Collections
Abstract: This series consists primarily of images depicting automobiles, travel, or history; cigarette trading cards; and family photographs.
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Administrative Information


Provenance

Gift of the Z. Taylor Vinson Estate, 2010.

Processing Notes

The collection was processed with support from the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) Cataloging Hidden Special Collections and Archives grant.

Use Restrictions

Copyright restrictions may apply.

The collection is housed in off-site storage. Please allow 24 hours notice to view the materials. Advance notice is not required for books and periodicals.

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Biographical Note

For over sixty years, Zachary Taylor Vinson (1933-2009) amassed a large and comprehensive collection of printed material documenting on the history transportation, particularly automobiles.

Born and raised in West Virginia, Vinson was a 1955 graduate of Princeton University. He served in the U.S. Army in Germany, then moved to New York City to work in advertising until he graduated from the University of Virginia Law School in 1961. Vinson practiced law with O’Melveney & Meyers in Los Angeles, California and the International Finance Corporation in Washington, D.C. until 1967 when he began working as a senior lawyer with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, a position he held until his retirement in 2003. Vinson played a significant role in the drafting of federal safety regulations governing tires and those requiring high-mounted brake lights in the rear window of automobiles, which began with the 1986 model year.

At the age of four, Vinson was introduced to automobile literature when he was given a 1938 Ford trade catalog. Vinson began attending automobile shows to actively collect by the time he turned seven. He would ask that his parents drive him to Huntington’s “Automobile Row,” where Vinson would collect literature from the dealerships located there. By the age of fourteen, Vinson was writing to the British, French, Italian, and Czech embassies in Washington, D.C. to request the addresses of automakers in those countries from whom he could obtain literature.

As he grew older, Vinson collected trade literature from additional sources, including, but not limited to, automobile manufacturers, fellow collectors, memorabilia dealers, auto shows, and auctions. He eventually amassed so much material that he built an addition to his Virginia home to store it all, which he referred to as his “Autotorium.”

In addition to collecting, Vinson was an active member of automobile organizations. He was president of the Society of Automotive Historians from 1993 to 1995 and served as the editor of Automotive History Review from 1995 to 2009. Z. Taylor Vinson passed away at the age of 76 on October 25, 2009.

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Scope and Content

This series consists primarily of images depicting automobiles, travel, or history; cigarette trading cards; and family photographs.

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Arrangement

Arranged alphabetically by format and thereunder, chronologically.

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Series Descriptions and Inventory

Automobiles and general transportation, 1926-2009, bulk 1983-2003
Scope and Content
The Automobiles and General Transportation Subseries contains various pictorial materials pertaining to cars and other forms of transportation. The materials include albums, photographs, greeting cards, negatives, postcards, prints, and promotional cards. Most of the materials depict unidentified or fictional automobile makes, sets of materials depicting multiple automobile makes, or other images of general modes of transportation. There are also some interesting historic automotive materials, such as a set of negatives of early advertisements from various American car manufacturers, and a set of photographs from the Farm Security Administration that depicts life in the late 1930s and early 1940s, with a focus on some of the cars of that time.
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19-1 Albums, 1951 [Depicts various makes and models of early cars, including Borgward, Benz, Mercedes, Opel, DKW, BMW, Fiat, Goliath, Daimler, and IFA. Gifted to Z. Taylor Vinson Christmas, 1951.] ; 1 album : handcrafted.
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19-1 Albums, American Luxury Automobiles, undated [Created by International Automobile Photos. Includes photographs of various Packard, Cadillac, and Pierce Arrow cars.] ; 1 album : commercially produced.
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19-1 Greeting cards I, 1926-2000, undated [Mostly seasonal or holiday-themed. These cards depict photographs, engravings, paintings, or illustrations of unidentified or possibly fictional automobiles.] ; 32 greeting cards.
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19-1 Greeting cards II, 1986-2008, undated [Mostly seasonal or holiday-themed. These cards depict photographs, engravings, paintings, or illustrations of unidentified or possibly fictional automobiles.] ; 13 greeting cards.
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19-1 Greeting cards, Racemaker Press, 2009, undated [Holiday cards, both printed by Racemaker Press. The automobiles on each card are unidentified.] ; 2 greeting cards.
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19-1 Negatives, undated [Automobile ads for various car makes, includes a Plymouth Six, a 1936 Plymouth, a 1935 Hudson (with information about the "Electric Hand"), a 1938 Plymouth, a Stutz 8, a Ford V8, a Body by Fisher GM, Chrysler, a General Cord, a 1948 Tucker, a 1936 Pontiac with "Turret Top" by Fisher, and a Chevrolet Four-Passenger Coupe.] ; 12 negatives ; 8 x 10 in.
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19-1 Photocopies, 2003 [Unidentified make/model car at the Larz Anderson Museum in Brookline, MA.] ; 3 photocopies : color.
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19-1 Photographs I, 2002-2006, undated [Depicts various makes and models of cars, as well as images of "pedal cars" and diagrams. In French and English.] ; 25 photographic prints.
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19-1 Photographs II, 1939-1981, undated [Depicts various makes and models of cars. Eight of the photographs are part of a series called "Farm Security Administration Photocopies" obtained from the Library of Congress, which depict auto-related images of life in the late 1930s to early 1940s.] ; 14 photographic prints.
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19-1 Postcards I, 1992-2000, undated [Depicts various makes and models of cars. 20 of these postcards depict a series of statistics and graphs from the Association of International Automobile Manufacturers, Inc. (AIAM).] ; 30 postcards.
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19-2 Postcards II, 1986-2000, undated [Depicts various automobile makes and models, advertisement reproductions, and illustrations. In Russian, Czech, and English.] ; 44 postcards.
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19-2 Prints, 1950-1983, undated [Various automobile makes and models, including Duryea, Ford, Oldsmobile, Buick, and others. Many of these prints depict early or first designs from these makes.] ; 14 prints.
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19-2 Prints, Racemaker Press, undated [Various automobile makes and models, including Austro-Daimler, Spyker, Tatra, and others. These prints depict early models of these cars, none built later than 1935.] ; 1 sleeve containing 10 prints.
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19-2 Promotional Cards, 1993 [From the 1993 Drive American Quality Event, depicting images of 1993 models of various American-made cars.] ; 17 promotional cards.
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19-2 Promotional Cards, Veterani, undated [Compiled by Veterani, containing a variety of images of various makes and models of automobiles. In Czech, Russian, and German.] ; 3 sets of promotional cards.
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19-2 General Transportation: Postcards, 1986-1990, undated [Depicts various modes of transportation, including a photo of The Lord Mayor's State Coach (1757) and three illustrations of various unidentified automobiles, trains, planes, and ships.] ; 4 postcards.
Miscellaneous formats, 1939-1998, bulk 1940-1998
Scope and Content
The Miscellaneous Pictorials by Format Subseries is comprised of materials that did not fit into the general transportation scheme, or were better arranged based on format. This subseries includes greeting cards, letters, photographs, postcards, promotional cards, coasters, matchbooks, and cigarette trading cards. Most of the materials depict images having to do with travel or history, such as the Royal Family of Belgium or promotional cards from the Czech Republic. The cigarette trading cards have images of various automobiles but are most easily identified by the cigarette maker that produced the cards, such as Turkey Red Turkish Cigarettes. There are also 3 letters from the Civil War, one referencing the surrender of General Lee.
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19-2 Oldsmobile, undated [Local dealers, one in Charlottesville, VA and the other in West Palm Beach, FL. The elaborate cards promote the Oldsmobile "Rocket" engines.] ; 2 business cards.
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19-2 Fokker, undated [Bears the Fokker aircraft company logo. In Dutch.] ; 1 coaster.
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19-2 Wicküler Bier, undated [The Wicküler Luftschiff-Serie, each of which provides an image of a famous French, Italian, or German airship. In German.] ; 8 coasters.
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19-2 Greeting Cards, 1954 Imperial Crown, undated [Contains photograph of an enamel and gold reproduction of the 1954 Imperial Crown symbol.] ; 1 greeting card.
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19-2 Miscellaneous Automotive, undated [Advertise automotive brands, as well as the local dealers that sell them. Makes include Cadillac, Chrysler, Oldsmobile, Packard, and Plymouth.] ; 6 matchbooks.
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19-2 SAH Dinner, 1997 [Laurent Friry at the SAH Dinner in February 1997.] ; photographic prints.
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19-2 Travel and Miscellaneous, 1939-1998, undated [Depicts various travel locations in America, and miscellaneous advertisements.] ; 16 postcards.
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19-2 Travel, 1998, undated [For Queen Astrid, Princess Josephine-Charlotte, and Prince Baudouin of Belgium. Also includes a foldout-booklet of the State Castle of Kamen (along with a letter from Brno), as well as a foldout booklet of images of Detroit, Michigan. in English, French, and Czech.] ; 2 promotional cards. 2 booklets. 1 letter.
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19-2 Lambert & Butler, undated [A complete set, concerning "Empire Air Routes", produced by Lambert & Butler, featuring images of airplanes and exotic destinations. Also, 6 out of a series of 25 tobacco cards are held on the topic of "Motor Cars."] ; 50 tobacco cards.
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19-2 Nicolas Sarony & Co., undated [A complete set are held concerning "A Day on the Airway", produced by Nicolas Sarony & Co. as derived from official photographs supplied by Imperial Airways.] ; 25 tobacco cards.
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19-2 Player's Cigarettes, undated [Player's Cigarettes, depicting various automobile makes and models.] ; 2 sets of trading cards.
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19-2 Turkey Red Turkish Cigarettes, undated [Turkey Red Turkish Cigarettes, featuring images of a Stevens-Duryea, a Premier, a Maxwell, a Buick, and a White Steamer.] ; 5 trading cards.
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19-2 Wills' Cigarettes, undated [Ten are held on the topic of "Speed." They feature images of various automobile and airplane makes and models. Eight are held on the topic of "Safety First." They feature images of road hazards to be avoided in the city and countryside.] ; 50 tobacco cards.
Vinson family, 1939-2005, bulk 1939-1940
Scope and Content
Thhis subseries is a very small collection of some of the photographs of Z. Taylor Vinson's childhood and adult life, including pictures of him as a baby, in grade school, and at one of his places of work. There is also an image of him in the "autotorium" he constructed to house his collection. Formats include photocopies and photographs.
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19-2 Z. Taylor Vinson and Family: Photocopies, undated [Z. Taylor Vinson and colleagues.] ; 1 photocopy : b&w.
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19-2 Z. Taylor Vinson and Family: Photographs, 1939-2005, undated [Z. Taylor Vinson, including his baby photo and several portraits, his early childhood schoolmates, family members, and his "autotorium."] ; 14 images.
Personal, 1998-2008, bulk 2003-2007
Scope and Content
This subseries is a collection of photographs and their corresponding negatives that Z. Taylor Vinson has taken, mostly at car shows and exhibitions, but also of his friends and family, places to which he traveled, and construction of his "autotorium." These materials are organized in the manner in which Z. Taylor Vinson kept them; each folder contains one set of photographs, negatives, or slides that was put together by Vinson.
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19-3 Photographs and negatives, 2004 [Mostly depicting various unidentified cars and friends and possibly family members.] ; 23 sets of negatives. 1 contact sheet. 2 photographic prints.
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19-3 Photographs and negatives, 2005 [Shanghai, various makes and models of cars, and acquaintances.] ; 66 photographic prints. 3 contact sheets. 31 sets of negatives.
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19-3 Slides, undated [Unidentified house, various family members or friends, and a place setting.] ; 24 slides : color ; 35 mm.
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19-3 Photographs and negatives, 2004 [The images included are of various unidentified cars, a plane, and a neighborhood. The photographs are of the neighborhood, two unidentified cars, and the plane.] ; 7 sets of negatives. 1 contact sheet. 4 photographic prints.
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19-3 Photographs and negatives, undated [These images are of various unidentified cars, model planes, and advertisements for Citroen and Renault.] ; 10 sets of negatives. 2 contact sheets.
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19-3 Photographs, negatives, and slides, 2001 [Depicts various makes and models of cars, catalog pages, and travel locations.] ; 81 slides : color ; 35 mm. 15 sets of negatives. 2 contact sheets. 2 photographic prints.
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19-3 Photographs and negatives, undated [The images depict various unidentified car models and makes, some toy models, and some people who may have been coworkers or friends.] ; 16 sets of negatives. 1 contact sheet.
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19-3 Photographs, negatives, and slides, 2004 [Depicts various makes and models of cars, the Pocono Raceway, and unidentified carriages.] ; 7 sets of negatives. 1 contact sheet. 8 photographic prints. 1 slide : color ; 35 mm.
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19-3 Photographs and negatives, 2004 [Depicts images of various travel locations, catalog pages, and friends or family.] ; 7 sets of negatives. 1 contact sheet.
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19-3 Photographs and negatives, undated [Depicts travel locations and various makes and models of unidentified cars.] ; 14 sets of negatives. 9 photographic prints.
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19-3 Photographs and negatives, 2003 [Depicts travel locations and various makes and models of unidentified cars.] ; 7 sets of negatives. 1 contact sheet. 21 photographic prints.
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19-3 Photographs and negatives, 2004 [Depicts images of various unidentified car makes and models, as well as an unidentified train.] ; 7 sets of negatives. 1 contact sheet. 23 photographic prints.
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19-3 Photographs and negatives, 1998 [Depicts various makes and models of unidentified cars, most taken at a convention or car show.] ; 11 sets of negatives. 11 photographic prints.
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19-3 Photographs, 2006 [Various travel locations, including the Hoover Dam, catalog pages, various unidentified cars, and several friends or family.] ; 17 photographic prints. 1 contact sheet.
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19-4 Photographs and negatives, 2008 [Depicts images of various unidentified car makes and models, as well as images of construction of the "autotorium."] ; 7 sets of negatives. 1 contact sheet. 4 photographic prints.
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19-4 Photographs and negatives, 2004 [Depicts various car makes and models, friends or family, carriages, and catalog pages.] ; 7 sets of negatives. 1 contact sheet. 5 photographic prints.
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19-4 Photographs and negatives, undated [Depicts the construction of Vinson's "autotorium."] ; 7 sets of negatives. 24 photographic prints. 1 contact sheet.
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19-4 Photographs and negatives, 2008 [Depicts the construction of Vinson's "autotorium."] ; 7 sets of negatives. 48 photographic prints. 1 contact sheet.
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19-4 Photographs and negatives, 2007 [Depicts various makes and models of unidentified cars, along with images of friends or family.] ; 7 sets of negatives. 2 contact sheets.
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19-4 Photographs and negatives, 2007 [Depicts a Bentley and two other unidentified cars, a family wedding, and the "autotorium" construction area.] ; 7 sets of negatives. 25 photographic prints. 1 contact sheet.
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19-4 Negatives, undated [Depicts images of an unidentified travel location.] ; 7 sets of negatives.
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19-4 Slides and negatives, 2001 [Various makes and models of unidentified cars, images of Skoda, Tatra, and Aero catalog pages, and of an outdoor car show or parade.] ; 24 slides : color ; 35 mm. 8 sets of negatives.
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19-4 Negatives, undated [Depicts an unidentified travel location.] ; 7 sets of negatives.
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19-4 Photographs and negatives, 2006 [Depicts various unidentified car models and makes, and an unidentified travel location.] ; 7 sets of negatives. 1 contact sheet. 1 album : empty.
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19-4 Photographs and negatives, 2004 [Features images of an outdoor event and images of Vinson's friends or family at an unidentified travel location.] ; 9 sets of negatives. 1 contact sheet. 1 album : empty.
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19-4 Photographs and negatives, 2008 [Depicts various unidentified car models, carriages, and a few images of the "autotorium" construction.] ; 10 sets of negatives. 1 contact sheet. 5 photographic prints.
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19-F1 Photographs, undated [One is of Z. Taylor Vinson and his mother, father, and sister. One is of Z. Taylor Vinson by himself.] ; 2 photographic prints : b&w.