Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Irons in the Fire

Maintaining a website can be a daunting task.  If you have one, you know what I mean.  No matter how often you add to the site, there’s always a section that needs updated, a link that needs fixed or a new idea you’d like to incorporate.  One of the biggest obstacles can be just finding time to continually keep things fresh.  It’s why we’ve focused on posting so much content to this western vehicle blog, reinforcing both the depth of our collection as well as the subject as a whole.

While we’ve managed to keep a steady flow of blogs related to early wagons and stagecoaches, it’s always a bit tougher to keep a rein on the overall site.  Over the last few months, we’ve been working on ways to share even more of who we are and what we do.  From helping other collectors and businesses with special projects to digging up all-but-forgotten facts, it all boils down to having a passion for locating, sharing, and preserving some of the rarest wheeled history America ever produced.  So, whether it’s period photography with exceptionally rare subject matter, wagon maker ledgers holding insights into some of the heaviest travel west, exclusive early advertising and industry business materials, or even the rolling works of art themselves, the 19th and early 20th century world of western vehicles has a familiar home within the Wheels That Won The West® Archives. 
Last week, one of our photographer friends stopped by to help us capture a few shots of a small part of our collection.  We’ll share several outtakes from those sessions in a future blog.  In the meantime, some of the new photography will be used to help profile the exclusive and scarce materials within our files.  Other happenings here include the appearance of our latest article within the October 2013 issue of Farm Collector magazine.  This one will center on a half dozen early wagon makers from St. Louis.  Since next year will mark the 250th Anniversary of the city’s founding, the piece should serve as a suitable tribute. 
In the coming months, we’ll be visiting a number of locations throughout the U.S. as we continue our search for rare wheeled treasures.  With a fast-paced day job and no shortage of extra ‘irons in the fire,’ Volume 2 of the Borrowed Time book series has slowed a bit.  This profile on Peter Schuttler is definitely worth the wait, though, as it contains a fair amount of previously unpublished imagery and information.  We have a few additional company histories we’re working on and even a pair of additional book possibilities that have come our way.  We’ll share more as it develops.  In the meantime, drop us an email and let us know what’s going on in your part of the world.  We look forward to hearing from you.