Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Merry Christmas To All!

2014 has been an extraordinary year.  Our research and collecting has taken us throughout the U.S. and beyond.  Along the way, we’ve uncovered a world of early vehicle history while adding significant artifacts and historical records to the Wheels That Won The West® Archives.  Several of our blogs have provided glimpses of a few of the discoveries.  From early ledgers and catalogs to period writings and scarce images, the accounts are helping us better understand and share the realities of America’s wood-wheeled transportation during the 1800’s and early 1900’s. 

Among the rarest elements discovered were materials connected to chuck wagons, freighters, Archibald hubs, S.C. Overpack (Big Wheels), M.P. Henderson, Abbot & Downing, as well as Cooper, John Deere, Luedinghaus, Owensboro, Mitchell, Moline, Schuttler, Weber, and Kentucky Wagon companies and so much more.

This early period chuck wagon image is a small portion of a larger original photo.  From the camp and equipment to the chuck box and wagon, there's a great deal to study in just this small section. 

We’ve been especially fortunate to work with a number of organizations and private collectors this year.  To each, we thank you for the privilege of assisting with your special projects.  Helping provide authoritative identification, documentation, dating, and authentication to worthy vehicles continues to be among our most popular services.   

In the coming year, you’ll notice several changes to our website as we work to more accurately reflect the exclusive nature of what our archives and experience can offer.  In the meantime, we look forward to your emails and regular visits to this blog and pledge to continue searching for even more lost and noteworthy history.

Wishing each of you a very Merry Christmas!