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Monthly newsletter published by McLellan's Automotive History. Dedicated to literature collectors, restorers, museums, publishers, manufacturers and investors who collect and preserve automotive literature
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June 2005 Issue
 
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Contemporary Automotive Photographs
By Robert McLellan
 

More and more automotive publications are including photographs of old car literature or the pictures shown in those brochures. Over the last few years KP Books (Krause Publications), publisher of "Old Cars Weekly" and dozens of automotive books, turned to McLellan's Automotive History (MAH) as a source of contemporary photographs of cars and brochures. Their two recent books, Porsche: The Ultimate Guide by Scott Faragher and Standard Catalog of Volkswagen: 1946-2004 by John Gunnell, feature MAH photographs which the publisher provided to the authors. Not restored cars, but original cars. Why not restored? Simply because they would not always be restored to 100% accuracy. Besides, original brochures often include contemporary backgrounds with people in contemporary dress and scenes such as buildings and streets the way they were when the cars were new. A 50-year-old car looks more appealing when it appears in a 50-year-old setting.

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With over 100,000 brochures on their web site — from flyers, folders and catalogs to press kits — and often with more than one photograph of each item, MAH has become a major supplier of old car photographs for books, magazines, newspapers and web sites. Never one to pass up publicity, MAH offers their services free to editors of publications and to hobbyists for web sites and asks only for credit for use of the photographs.

If you don't see the views you need, just ask. Most brochures have multiple photographs dispersed throughout, showing various models' exteriors and interiors, scenic action shots, poses with people, sports activities, famous landmarks and hundreds of other interesting and exciting possibilities. In addition to photographs there are photo renderings and art renderings. An excellent way to make an article or a web site come alive.

 
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