Buying literature collections can be
a lot of fun. When dealing with the original collector
we usually know exactly what we are getting. Other times
we are dealing with a widow who knows little about her
husband's literature other than that it probably reflects
the cars they owned over their lifetime. Then there
are those museums which have rooms full of boxes of
"automotive paper" donated over the years.
They usually have no idea what is in the boxes and could
care less. We have cleaned out garages, attics, basements,
storage buildings, warehouses and even railroad cars.
As you can imagine, there are many surprises.
Once, many years ago, a widow showed us a room with
about 2,000 books. After spending an afternoon evaluating
the collection, making an acceptable offer, and loading
it all in a trailer, the son noticed that we had some
room left over. "There are some boxes of car literature
in the garage if you want it, too," he said. A
quick glance at the boxes was quite a shock. Here was
the really valuable stuff!
"If you take them I'll have room to park my Cadillac,"
"Do you want anything for it?" I asked.
"No," he said. "It'll save me from having
to haul it to the curb for trash pick-up."
After a thorough inventory of rare literature that we
had never seen before, we made more profit on the "trash"
than on the books.
It included a lot of miscellaneous literature that did
not fit into our usual automobile and truck categories
and can now be found under several topics. One that
you may have overlooked is "Buses / Engines / Fire
Trucks / Tractors / Trains". We have recently acquired
quite a bit more that will fit in this and other odd
sections of the website. Over the next couple of months
you will see more of these items and something may jog
memories of vehicles you have not thought about for