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August 2007 Newsletter!
Bird Dog Palace:
Ben Hardeman who owns Texas Model T&A Parts, 8427 Turkey Creek Road, College Station, Texas 77845 Ben@TexasTParts.com wrote us the following note:
"I thought you might be interested in seeing the attached photographs of my "Bird Dog Palace" in use. The dog's name is Marion Rose and she is about 7 months old. The vehicle is a 1926 Model T Ford that I have driven to Alaska in 2001 and to Colorado and Massachusetts pulling a 1923 Zagelmeyer Camper trailer that was manufactured in Bay City, MI."
Ben bought a copy of the 1927 Von Lengerke & Antoine catalog we reprint featuring an original ad for the Bird Dog Palace. "As I said on the phone, I have been looking for any information I could find on the "Bird Dog Palace" for many years and purchased your reprint publication because of the ad being listed." I made a copy of the advert that Ben can frame to go with his copy of the catalog.
Meadowbrook Concours D'Elegance 2007
Retaining the auto theme, we just returned (on Sunday) from the Meadowbrook Concours D'Elegance which is traditionally held on the hottest day of the year when humidity is always 120%... except this year when it was a beautiful rainy day with temps in the low 70s- terrific (for me at least). Ok, I won't bore you with a long piece about how amazing the 1910 1300 cubic inch (21 1/2 liters!) Blitzen Benz was or the incredibly absurd Marharaja owned Farnham. But I do want to mention the 1904 four cylinder motorcycle made by FN (yes, the Fabrique Nationale of Belgium we know so well) and a 1913 Stevens Duryea made by our old friends in Chicopee, Mass. The ad below is for sale on Ebay for $7.00... item # 230034406317.
Winchester Shotguns and Colt Single Action: From Patersons to Peacemakers author Dennis Adler who is also editor in chief of Car Collector magazine wrote a nice piece in the companion catalog for Meadowbrook 2007 on US cars of 1957. Both his books about guns are available from Amazon. http://www.amazon.com/Colt-Single-Action-Patersons-Peacemakers/dp/0785823050
Last month when I mentioned Old Guns and Whispering Ghosts, Tales and Twists of the Old West by Jess Hardin I failed to mention that you could buy the book from the website www.oldgunsbook.com where you can probably arrange to get a copy signed by Jess himself. I should also mention that his book has some really super color photos... not to mention some of Jess' own art to complement his captivating prose.
Two weeks ago John Campbell, publisher of www.doublegunclassics.com e-zine took us to lunch with a fellow who made his fortune on the internet (perhaps John felt sorry for us). This guy consults for Google and is apparently a real guru- the kind with yachts and jets and stuff. After a few minutes of polite conversation the guru mentioned that he had taken the opportunity to look at our website. Without missing a beat he went on to say that rarely had he seen a site where the designer (me) broke even the most fundamental rules of website construction and it was astounding that anyone could find my website using any known search engine.
When the guru learned that actually Google had indexed our sorry site (apparently a small pat on our shoulder) he allowed as how sometimes search engines will actually index a website that is really badly designed figuring that proper designers who try so hard to fool the engines wouldn't possibly do such a botched job as ours and so the engines sometimes let us in the "back door", so to speak.
I muttered that we got a lot of visitors every month and the guru lit up! "Wow", he said, "that many? That's terrific!" "Your site is going to be worth a million or perhaps two in a few years... don't touch a thing. Gee that's great." When I asked why anyone would pay that kind of money for a site that sold old gun catalogs he said "that doesn't make any difference, they'll take it apart and sell the pieces." I didn't ask, I just felt warm all over and ate my sandwich with renewed vigor contemplating the millions!
Later I casually mentioned that many people came to my site via purchases they had earlier made on Ebay. "What?", said the guru, "Ebay?" "Yes", I replied, "I advertise a lot on ebay." "Oh", mumbled the guru, "well, forget the guys purchasing your website, won't happen." "Oh", said I trying to look nonchalant as I contemplated the loss of millions.
Anyway, when you next go to my website you will see the new, revised version of www.cornellpubs.com. I hope you find it appealing. Please tell me if you have any problems or comments. It is my best effort to be search engine pleasing. If you had some trouble with links in the Ammunition and Reloading link page doubling up, I fixed it but you may need to hit the refresh button on your computer to see the changes (your computer stores some pages, perhaps with the problems- refresh buttons are on the top of the browser page and are usually one or two arrows in a circular pattern.)
Well, sales are still slow because all you guys are on holiday and not spending money buying my great catalogs so I made over 40 new ones this month. I hope there are enough goodies here to appeal to almost everyone. A nice Abercrombie & Fitch 1938 starts us off followed by the British connection...
Arms & Ammunition Mfg Co (UK) 1904,
Bland Wm c1897 (UK),
Dominion Ammunition #19 c1921 (Canada),
Fitchew, A (UK) 1882,
Jeffery's Guns & Rifles 1913-14 (UK),
Parker, A.J. c1949 (late Parker Hale),
Revolver Shooting in War (UK) 1916 and
Rigby Shotguns (UK) 1931.
We did a lot with telescopes this month thanks to Bill Warren, David Hanson and Dick Carleton who loaned us some nice originals. We have
Noske Telescopes 1936
Noske Telescopes c1932,
Telescopic Rifle Sights by Townsend Whelan 1936, These two Whelan books are really priceless and cover everything you can imagine to do with rifle telescopes of the period. Whelans National Target Supply catalogs of the 30s and 40s are another good source of telescope information. See our listings.
Telescopic Rifle Sights by Townsend Whelan 1944 as well as a
Winchester Telescope 1910 Manual.
Listing the old guns is next- pre WWI.
Baker Guns c1878 ( Syracuse ),
Baker, William- New Gun c1879,
Baker Gunner 1909 ( Batavia ),
Baker Guns 1915 5pp ( Batavia ).
Hopkins & Allen 1914 Parts,
Stevens 1877 (Big) Catalog,
United States Cartridge Co Arms Collection c1911
Custom Gun Makers:
Johnson - Gartman Custom Guns c1958
Page-Lewis Single Shot Rifles c1925 Although not really a custom maker, they were small and eventually swallowed by Savage.
Sedgley Custom Guns 1935
Post WWI US Makers:
Belding & Mull Ammunition Reloading Catalog 1939
Ithaca (Fox & Pheasant) c1920
Parker Shotguns Illustrated Dealer Price List 1939
Savage Full Line Catalog 1928
Smith & Wesson Illustrated Parts 1937
Stoeger Arms Co 1936
Winchester Full Line Catalog 1950
Winchester Wholesale/Retail Catalog 1956
Winchester 1960 Full Line Catalog
Winchester 1973 Full Line Catalog
Belding & Mull Ammunition Reloading Catalog 1939
Dominion Ammunition #19 c1921 (Canada)
Lakeville Arms c1950s (Harvey Ammo) Misc Adverts
Muzzle Loading Shotguns c1955 by VM Starr
Heiser Leather #51 c1951
Lawrence Leather 1965
Myres Leather 1944
Myres Leather 1966
Arms Collectors of the US (and more) 1939 Before you overlook this book, it lists with addresses all notable gun collectors in the US and their collections- might be useful information for modern collectors.
INDEXES for Every Catalog...
Every catalog we offer has an index at the bottom of the page. This is true of listings on our website, Ebay, Gunbroker and Auction Arms (we greatly prefer you buy them at the website though, where we don't have to pay listing fees or sales commissions... shipping is cheaper too!)
Soldiers, Sailors and Airmen...
Starting immediately, any of our catalogs that we send to a serving military man or woman in any of the coalition forces using an APO (or foreign equivalent) address will get a 50% discount. This small gesture of support of our troops reflects our gratitude and has nothing to do with politics- pro or con, just a little thanks for a tough job. (Will service members please remind me when you place the order?)
If you haven't yet done so, please read the About Us link on the website. It explains a lot of things such as why graphics vary in books, why I do this in the first place, errors and mistakes, guarantees, loans and more. Also, if you see something in the Coming Soon page you want, let me know and I'll move it up the list for you.
Paypal and Ebay:
Manny Delacruz of Auction Arms sent me a note the other day saying that Ebay has tightened its' rules on the selling of firearms parts to exclude "any firearm part that is required for the firing of a gun. This includes items like bullet tips, brass casings and shells, barrels, slides, cylinders, magazines, firing pins, trigger assemblies, etc." Their excuse was "After learning that some items purchased on eBay may have been used in the tragedy at Virginia Tech in April 2007, we felt that revisiting our policies was not only necessary, but the right thing to do." I hadn't heard about the parts being used in the shootings at the college, but Ebay is their site and they can make the rules, I suppose.
We are still getting some resistance to using Paypal by those who believe Paypal still discriminates against gun collectors and owners. They modified their policy earlier this year and I have not heard they have changed it again since then:
Reprinted from Paypal:
You may not use PayPal in the purchase or sale of firearms or ammunition unless the seller has received prior approval from PayPal. PayPal reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to permit its payment services to be used for the legal purchase and sale of certain firearms and ammunition regulated by this policy. Approval to use PayPal for the sale of certain firearms or ammunition will only be permitted after a thorough review of the procedures and controls the seller has in place in order to ensure transactions and shipments are conducted in compliance with all applicable laws and regulations.
If you or your business requires approval to engage in the sale of firearms or ammunition in accordance with this policy, please send your contact information and a brief summary of your business to: email@example.com ."
For Book Authors Out There:
We generally sell only those books that authors do not have available through national outlets such as Barnes & Noble or Amazon. I also try to select books that are specific to types or makes of guns rather than general interest books that tell stories. I certainly don't mind giving the author of any book a plug in my newsletter though. We won't challenge Borders for top spot as a book seller but we are selling them so if you have a book (especially self-published books) that you think will fit in with my listings please give me a call at 810-225-3075.
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