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Old 30th March 2013, 16:29   #136
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This is just skipping my mind, am blank for now, but remember this matter vividly in that time. My Father was commenting how we India bend to cheap but old tech etc. Was it not a Russian/Czech brand, or French.
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This memorabilia is a VW Calendar of 1959. The Cooper Motor Corporation Ltd is mentioned, google them and one will see that they started with VW in 1952 in East Africa. They also assembled Maruti's.
The Calendar shows 12 months individually, there are two pages per month, one a photo and the other an artistic rendering. Each page is devoted to a country and/or an area, maybe depending on the sales volume. So Germany, Austria, USA get a page each, Africa and Asia get a page each, but it covers the continent. For Asia they have "Camping by the Red Sea".
Below are the cover and the two pages for Asia. India is represented in that rendering by the elephant and the two mahouts, and a sari clad lady carrying a water pot on her head.

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There was a society called Bombay Swing Club. On 11th December 1949 they had their first anniversary dance at the Taj Mahal Hotel. For this a souvenir was issued, and as usual the souvenir carried advertisements. When one googles Bombay Swing Club, it goes in the wrong direction, this was a music club focussed more on jazz and they held concerts and jam sessions. I googled to check what has become of them, but could not find anything sensible. Maybe the Government taxed them out of existance.

Anyway, one ad I scanned was National Garage, the first ad on them I have seen in old publications. The car looks like an Oldsmobile of 1947ish, but it is a rendering. I wonder if they ever represented anyone except for Hindustan Motors, I know that in the 1970's-80's they represented Peugeot, maybe not for sales but only for service, I don't know.

There is also an ad for a 1949 Chevrolet, placed by General Motors India. Again, it is a rendering, and they show wheel spats. I doubt that wheel spats were available in 1947 though!

Unfortunately scanning is presently a problem for me, will scan some more in due course.

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A bit of military automotive memorabilia. WOT stands for War Army Truck. It seems that Ford was supplying these trucks regularly for the war effort. And there was a separate contract from the Indian Army. Strangely, I have never seen this sort of truck in India, not even in civilian use after army disposal.

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War Ordnance Truck seems more likely wouldn't you say?
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Got this 50 year old sportscar pocket book, writted by Wiliiam Boddy. My dad found it while hunting for some stuff at the Gujri.
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War Ordnance Truck seems more likely wouldn't you say?
Hi Shankar, No, its War Office Truck only. Please check:

http://www.wheelsofvictory.com/Fordson%20WOT2a.html

It says:
Fordson W.O.T.2A - H
Fordson was originally a tractor brand and its name was to "identify it as a product of Henry Ford & Son, this was a company wholly owned by members of the Ford family, while the Ford Motor Company was partly owned by a small number of shareholders".(*) Apart from US production there also was production in England.
In the beginning of the war , the British Ministry of Supply specified the design for 15cwt, 1 ton and 3 ton trucks, designated W.O.T. (War Office Truck) numbering them 1, 2, 3, etc. (**)
The W.O.T. 2 a 15cwt. vehicle was made on a stripped chassis of a civilian model 61.
A letter suffix to the model number identified the exact version ranging from A to H .........

You see, whenever I put up something like this, I do google for some additional info. Sometimes you come up with fascinating info, sometimes not, like Maruti being assembled in Africa as I found out relating to the posts above. Titbits some may know about, and some may not. But, what you say would also be logical to me.

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Got this 50 year old sportscar pocket book, writted by Wiliiam Boddy. My dad found it while hunting for some stuff at the Gujri.
That is a nice book, but not related to India.
Above we are speaking about WOT trucks, they were Fords, the instruction book is printed in England. I got that book only because it says "Indian Army Contract".
But anyhow, please do post any memorabilia you find.

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Hi Shankar, No, its War Office Truck only. Please check:

http://www.wheelsofvictory.com/Fordson%20WOT2a.html

It says:
Fordson W.O.T.2A - H
Fordson was originally a tractor brand and its name was to "identify it as a product of Henry Ford & Son, this was a company wholly owned by members of the Ford family, while the Ford Motor Company was partly owned by a small number of shareholders".(*) Apart from US production there also was production in England.
In the beginning of the war , the British Ministry of Supply specified the design for 15cwt, 1 ton and 3 ton trucks, designated W.O.T. (War Office Truck) numbering them 1, 2, 3, etc. (**)
The W.O.T. 2 a 15cwt. vehicle was made on a stripped chassis of a civilian model 61.
A letter suffix to the model number identified the exact version ranging from A to H .........

You see, whenever I put up something like this, I do google for some additional info. Sometimes you come up with fascinating info, sometimes not, like Maruti being assembled in Africa as I found out relating to the posts above. Titbits some may know about, and some may not. But, what you say would also be logical to me.

That is a nice book, but not related to India.
Above we are speaking about WOT trucks, they were Fords, the instruction book is printed in England. I got that book only because it says "Indian Army Contract".
But anyhow, please do post any memorabilia you find.

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War Office Truck sounds right. War Army Truck as mentioned in the various posts doesn't!
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I remember some members posting about difficulty in transfer of their car because RTO demanded an invoice which they couldn't provide - maybe this will help, though only S1 owners.

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One paper was an invite where General Motors invited for a movie show on GM India, the show being held in Regal cinema in 1951. And invited was this Mr. F. Mascarehas.

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This invite is a nice memorabilia, now to find the film.
I recently came across a couple of very interesting old films, comissioned by the Chrysler Corporation, titled 'Wheels across India' (1940) (atleast part of it) and 'East of Bombay' (1937), documenting Armand Dennis and Leila Roosevelt's travels across Asia in a trio of late 1930s Dodges.

There isn't much footage of the 2 cars and the light truck, but we clearly see they are registered OC 7113, 7114 and 7115. Wonder if they are Indian registrations.





And while on the subject, some footage of bustling Bombay in 1958

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There are items which were in use every day, and then these items became obsolete and not made anymore.
One example is the hand held fan. In summer times like now, these were given away complimentary and carried advertisements. I had an Air India hand fan lying around for years. Now I got this one from Dunlop. One side they advertised their tyre, on the other side they showed their mattress. Its actual size is actually smaller by one inch all round.
And I tried it out, it works
Today we may use a newspaper to fan ourselves, but specific hand fans are not seen any more, or really very seldom.

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Another VW (Think Small) memorabilia came my way. VW in USA published a 40 page booklet featuring several cartoonists who must have been reknown at that time and their renderings concern VW vehicles. I have selected a few, one a Beetle convertible for Babloo, a convertible Karmann for me, and a general one. This booklet may be rare at least in India. My VW memorabilia collection is increasing. I did not understand the joke about Buffalo, maybe someone can explain?

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Another VW (Think Small) memorabilia came my way. VW in USA published a 40 page booklet featuring several cartoonists who must have been reknown at that time and their renderings concern VW vehicles.
I did not understand the joke about Buffalo, maybe someone can explain?

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Dunno but is he asking for a lift to Buffalo N.Y.? These are for Karl

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In the 1930's Capitol Cinema opposite VT Station celebrated its 4th anniversary. They issued numbered booklets, inside was only one motoring ad of United Motors. Address is given as Hughes Road, but they also had a garage at Colaba, just in the side lane near Radio Club.
When you google this movie, you get a 1991 Liza Minelli movie.

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Came across something I have never seen before, this WIAA badge. I saw it on the net. It must be rare. Does anyone know of others?

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Came across something I have never seen before, this WIAA badge. I saw it on the net. It must be rare. Does anyone know of others?
I have seen the central enamel portion only, mounted on the rear plate of Fang's 47 New Yorker, probably from new.
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I have seen the central enamel portion only, mounted on the rear plate of Fang's 47 New Yorker, probably from new.
Dug up a picture, here it is.

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