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Z. Taylor Vinson collection of transportation ephemera, Series XIX. Pictorial - Miscellaneous

ZTV.XIX

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Summary Information

Repository:
Published Collections
Creator:
Vinson, Z. Taylor
Title:
Z. Taylor Vinson collection of transportation ephemera, Series XIX. Pictorial - Miscellaneous
Date:
1926-2009, bulk 1939-2007
Call Number:
ZTV.XIX
Extent:
3 linear feet
Language:
English
Abstract:
This series consists primarily of images depicting automobiles, travel, or history; cigarette trading cards; and family photographs.
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Biography/History

For over sixty years, Zachary Taylor Vinson (1933-2009) amassed a large and comprehensive collection of printed material documenting on the history transportation, particularly automobiles.

Born and raised in West Virginia, Vinson was a 1955 graduate of Princeton University. He served in the U.S. Army in Germany, then moved to New York City to work in advertising until he graduated from the University of Virginia Law School in 1961. Vinson practiced law with O?Melveney & Meyers in Los Angeles, California and the International Finance Corporation in Washington, D.C. until 1967 when he began working as a senior lawyer with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, a position he held until his retirement in 2003. Vinson played a significant role in the drafting of federal safety regulations governing tires and those requiring high-mounted brake lights in the rear window of automobiles, which began with the 1986 model year.

At the age of four, Vinson was introduced to automobile literature when he was given a 1938 Ford trade catalog. Vinson began attending automobile shows to actively collect by the time he turned seven. He would ask that his parents drive him to Huntington?s ?Automobile Row,? where Vinson would collect literature from the dealerships located there. By the age of fourteen, Vinson was writing to the British, French, Italian, and Czech embassies in Washington, D.C. to request the addresses of automakers in those countries from whom he could obtain literature.

As he grew older, Vinson collected trade literature from additional sources, including, but not limited to, automobile manufacturers, fellow collectors, memorabilia dealers, auto shows, and auctions. He eventually amassed so much material that he built an addition to his Virginia home to store it all, which he referred to as his ?Autotorium.?

In addition to collecting, Vinson was an active member of automobile organizations. He was president of the Society of Automotive Historians from 1993 to 1995 and served as the editor of Automotive History Review from 1995 to 2009. Z. Taylor Vinson passed away at the age of 76 on October 25, 2009.

Scope and Contents

This series consists primarily of images depicting automobiles, travel, or history; cigarette trading cards; and family photographs.

Arrangement

Arranged alphabetically by format and thereunder, chronologically.

Administrative Information

Publication Information

Published Collections

Finding Aid Author

Finding aid prepared by Emily Cottle, Laura Muskavitch, Robin Valencia, Nicole Watts, Kenton Jaehnig, Alison Kreitzer, Annalise Berdini, and Vicki Wasserman in 2013.

Use Restrictions

Copyright restrictions may apply.

The collection is housed in off-site storage. Please allow 24 hours notice to view the materials. Advance notice is not required for books and periodicals.

Provenance

Gift of the Z. Taylor Vinson Estate, 2010.

Processing Notes

The collection was processed with support from the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) Cataloging Hidden Special Collections and Archives grant.

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Related Materials

Related Material

Automobile reference collection, Free Library of Philadelphia

National automotive history collection, Detroit Public Library

Revs Institute for Automotive Research, Inc., Library, Naples, Florida

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Collection Inventory

Automobiles and general transportation, 1926-2009, bulk 1983-2003.

Scope and Content

The Automobiles and General Transportation Subseries contains various pictorial materials pertaining to cars and other forms of transportation. The materials include albums, photographs, greeting cards, negatives, postcards, prints, and promotional cards. Most of the materials depict unidentified or fictional automobile makes, sets of materials depicting multiple automobile makes, or other images of general modes of transportation. There are also some interesting historic automotive materials, such as a set of negatives of early advertisements from various American car manufacturers, and a set of photographs from the Farm Security Administration that depicts life in the late 1930s and early 1940s, with a focus on some of the cars of that time.

Box
Albums, 1951.
General Physical Description note
1 album : handcrafted.
Scope and Content

Depicts various makes and models of early cars, including Borgward, Benz, Mercedes, Opel, DKW, BMW, Fiat, Goliath, Daimler, and IFA. Gifted to Z. Taylor Vinson Christmas, 1951.

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Albums, American Luxury Automobiles, undated.
General Physical Description note
1 album : commercially produced.
Scope and Content

Created by International Automobile Photos. Includes photographs of various Packard, Cadillac, and Pierce Arrow cars.

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Greeting cards I, 1926-2000, undated.
General Physical Description note
32 greeting cards.
Scope and Content

Mostly seasonal or holiday-themed. These cards depict photographs, engravings, paintings, or illustrations of unidentified or possibly fictional automobiles.

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Greeting cards II, 1986-2008, undated.
General Physical Description note
13 greeting cards.
Scope and Content

Mostly seasonal or holiday-themed. These cards depict photographs, engravings, paintings, or illustrations of unidentified or possibly fictional automobiles.

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Greeting cards, Racemaker Press, 2009, undated.
General Physical Description note
2 greeting cards.
Scope and Content

Holiday cards, both printed by Racemaker Press. The automobiles on each card are unidentified.

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Negatives, undated.
General Physical Description note
12 negatives ; 8 x 10 in.
Scope and Content

Automobile ads for various car makes, includes a Plymouth Six, a 1936 Plymouth, a 1935 Hudson (with information about the "Electric Hand"), a 1938 Plymouth, a Stutz 8, a Ford V8, a Body by Fisher GM, Chrysler, a General Cord, a 1948 Tucker, a 1936 Pontiac with "Turret Top" by Fisher, and a Chevrolet Four-Passenger Coupe.

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Photocopies, 2003.
General Physical Description note
3 photocopies : color.
Scope and Content

Unidentified make/model car at the Larz Anderson Museum in Brookline, MA.

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Photographs I, 2002-2006, undated.
General Physical Description note
25 photographic prints.
Scope and Content

Depicts various makes and models of cars, as well as images of "pedal cars" and diagrams. In French and English.

19-1
Photographs II, 1939-1981, undated.
General Physical Description note
14 photographic prints.
Scope and Content

Depicts various makes and models of cars. Eight of the photographs are part of a series called "Farm Security Administration Photocopies" obtained from the Library of Congress, which depict auto-related images of life in the late 1930s to early 1940s.

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Postcards I, 1992-2000, undated.
General Physical Description note
30 postcards.
Scope and Content

Depicts various makes and models of cars. 20 of these postcards depict a series of statistics and graphs from the Association of International Automobile Manufacturers, Inc. (AIAM).

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Postcards II, 1986-2000, undated.
General Physical Description note
44 postcards.
Scope and Content

Depicts various automobile makes and models, advertisement reproductions, and illustrations. In Russian, Czech, and English.

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Prints, 1950-1983, undated.
General Physical Description note
14 prints.
Scope and Content

Various automobile makes and models, including Duryea, Ford, Oldsmobile, Buick, and others. Many of these prints depict early or first designs from these makes.

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Prints, Racemaker Press, undated.
General Physical Description note
1 sleeve containing 10 prints.
Scope and Content

Various automobile makes and models, including Austro-Daimler, Spyker, Tatra, and others. These prints depict early models of these cars, none built later than 1935.

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Promotional Cards, 1993.
General Physical Description note
17 promotional cards.
Scope and Content

From the 1993 Drive American Quality Event, depicting images of 1993 models of various American-made cars.

19-2
Promotional Cards, Veterani, undated.
General Physical Description note
3 sets of promotional cards.
Scope and Content

Compiled by Veterani, containing a variety of images of various makes and models of automobiles. In Czech, Russian, and German.

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General Transportation: Postcards, 1986-1990, undated.
General Physical Description note
4 postcards.
Scope and Content

Depicts various modes of transportation, including a photo of The Lord Mayor's State Coach (1757) and three illustrations of various unidentified automobiles, trains, planes, and ships.

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Miscellaneous formats, 1939-1998, bulk 1940-1998.

Scope and Content

The Miscellaneous Pictorials by Format Subseries is comprised of materials that did not fit into the general transportation scheme, or were better arranged based on format. This subseries includes greeting cards, letters, photographs, postcards, promotional cards, coasters, matchbooks, and cigarette trading cards. Most of the materials depict images having to do with travel or history, such as the Royal Family of Belgium or promotional cards from the Czech Republic. The cigarette trading cards have images of various automobiles but are most easily identified by the cigarette maker that produced the cards, such as Turkey Red Turkish Cigarettes. There are also 3 letters from the Civil War, one referencing the surrender of General Lee.

Box
Oldsmobile, undated.
General Physical Description note
2 business cards.
Scope and Content

Local dealers, one in Charlottesville, VA and the other in West Palm Beach, FL. The elaborate cards promote the Oldsmobile "Rocket" engines.

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Fokker, undated.
General Physical Description note
1 coaster.
Scope and Content

Bears the Fokker aircraft company logo. In Dutch.

19-2
Wick?ler Bier, undated.
General Physical Description note
8 coasters.
Scope and Content

The Wick?ler Luftschiff-Serie, each of which provides an image of a famous French, Italian, or German airship. In German.

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Greeting Cards, 1954 Imperial Crown, undated.
General Physical Description note
1 greeting card.
Scope and Content

Contains photograph of an enamel and gold reproduction of the 1954 Imperial Crown symbol.

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Miscellaneous Automotive, undated.
General Physical Description note
6 matchbooks.
Scope and Content

Advertise automotive brands, as well as the local dealers that sell them. Makes include Cadillac, Chrysler, Oldsmobile, Packard, and Plymouth.

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SAH Dinner, 1997.
General Physical Description note
photographic prints.
Scope and Content

Laurent Friry at the SAH Dinner in February 1997.

19-2
Travel and Miscellaneous, 1939-1998, undated.
General Physical Description note
16 postcards.
Scope and Content

Depicts various travel locations in America, and miscellaneous advertisements.

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Travel, 1998, undated.
General Physical Description note
2 promotional cards. 2 booklets. 1 letter.
Scope and Content

For Queen Astrid, Princess Josephine-Charlotte, and Prince Baudouin of Belgium. Also includes a foldout-booklet of the State Castle of Kamen (along with a letter from Brno), as well as a foldout booklet of images of Detroit, Michigan. in English, French, and Czech.

19-2
Lambert & Butler, undated.
General Physical Description note
50 tobacco cards.
Scope and Content

A complete set, concerning "Empire Air Routes", produced by Lambert & Butler, featuring images of airplanes and exotic destinations. Also, 6 out of a series of 25 tobacco cards are held on the topic of "Motor Cars."

19-2
Nicolas Sarony & Co., undated.
General Physical Description note
25 tobacco cards.
Scope and Content

A complete set are held concerning "A Day on the Airway", produced by Nicolas Sarony & Co. as derived from official photographs supplied by Imperial Airways.

19-2
Player's Cigarettes, undated.
General Physical Description note
2 sets of trading cards.
Scope and Content

Player's Cigarettes, depicting various automobile makes and models.

19-2
Turkey Red Turkish Cigarettes, undated.
General Physical Description note
5 trading cards.
Scope and Content

Turkey Red Turkish Cigarettes, featuring images of a Stevens-Duryea, a Premier, a Maxwell, a Buick, and a White Steamer.

19-2
Wills' Cigarettes, undated.
General Physical Description note
50 tobacco cards.
Scope and Content

Ten are held on the topic of "Speed." They feature images of various automobile and airplane makes and models. Eight are held on the topic of "Safety First." They feature images of road hazards to be avoided in the city and countryside.

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Vinson family, 1939-2005, bulk 1939-1940.

Scope and Content

Thhis subseries is a very small collection of some of the photographs of Z. Taylor Vinson's childhood and adult life, including pictures of him as a baby, in grade school, and at one of his places of work. There is also an image of him in the "autotorium" he constructed to house his collection. Formats include photocopies and photographs.

Box
Z. Taylor Vinson and Family: Photocopies, undated.
General Physical Description note
1 photocopy : b&w.
Scope and Content

Z. Taylor Vinson and colleagues.

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Z. Taylor Vinson and Family: Photographs, 1939-2005, undated.
General Physical Description note
14 images.
Scope and Content

Z. Taylor Vinson, including his baby photo and several portraits, his early childhood schoolmates, family members, and his "autotorium."

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Personal, 1998-2008, bulk 2003-2007.

Scope and Content

This subseries is a collection of photographs and their corresponding negatives that Z. Taylor Vinson has taken, mostly at car shows and exhibitions, but also of his friends and family, places to which he traveled, and construction of his "autotorium." These materials are organized in the manner in which Z. Taylor Vinson kept them; each folder contains one set of photographs, negatives, or slides that was put together by Vinson.

Box
Photographs and negatives, 2004.
General Physical Description note
23 sets of negatives. 1 contact sheet. 2 photographic prints.
Scope and Content

Mostly depicting various unidentified cars and friends and possibly family members.

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Photographs and negatives, 2005.
General Physical Description note
66 photographic prints. 3 contact sheets. 31 sets of negatives.
Scope and Content

Shanghai, various makes and models of cars, and acquaintances.

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Slides, undated.
General Physical Description note
24 slides : color ; 35 mm.
Scope and Content

Unidentified house, various family members or friends, and a place setting.

19-3
Photographs and negatives, 2004.
General Physical Description note
7 sets of negatives. 1 contact sheet. 4 photographic prints.
Scope and Content

The images included are of various unidentified cars, a plane, and a neighborhood. The photographs are of the neighborhood, two unidentified cars, and the plane.

19-3
Photographs and negatives, undated.
General Physical Description note
10 sets of negatives. 2 contact sheets.
Scope and Content

These images are of various unidentified cars, model planes, and advertisements for Citroen and Renault.

19-3
Photographs, negatives, and slides, 2001.
General Physical Description note
81 slides : color ; 35 mm. 15 sets of negatives. 2 contact sheets. 2 photographic prints.
Scope and Content

Depicts various makes and models of cars, catalog pages, and travel locations.

19-3
Photographs and negatives, undated.
General Physical Description note
16 sets of negatives. 1 contact sheet.
Scope and Content

The images depict various unidentified car models and makes, some toy models, and some people who may have been coworkers or friends.

19-3
Photographs, negatives, and slides, 2004.
General Physical Description note
7 sets of negatives. 1 contact sheet. 8 photographic prints. 1 slide : color ; 35 mm.
Scope and Content

Depicts various makes and models of cars, the Pocono Raceway, and unidentified carriages.

19-3
Photographs and negatives, 2004.
General Physical Description note
7 sets of negatives. 1 contact sheet.
Scope and Content

Depicts images of various travel locations, catalog pages, and friends or family.

19-3
Photographs and negatives, undated.
General Physical Description note
14 sets of negatives. 9 photographic prints.
Scope and Content

Depicts travel locations and various makes and models of unidentified cars.

19-3
Photographs and negatives, 2003.
General Physical Description note
7 sets of negatives. 1 contact sheet. 21 photographic prints.
Scope and Content

Depicts travel locations and various makes and models of unidentified cars.

19-3
Photographs and negatives, 2004.
General Physical Description note
7 sets of negatives. 1 contact sheet. 23 photographic prints.
Scope and Content

Depicts images of various unidentified car makes and models, as well as an unidentified train.

19-3
Photographs and negatives, 1998.
General Physical Description note
11 sets of negatives. 11 photographic prints.
Scope and Content

Depicts various makes and models of unidentified cars, most taken at a convention or car show.

19-3
Photographs, 2006.
General Physical Description note
17 photographic prints. 1 contact sheet.
Scope and Content

Various travel locations, including the Hoover Dam, catalog pages, various unidentified cars, and several friends or family.

19-3
Photographs and negatives, 2008.
General Physical Description note
7 sets of negatives. 1 contact sheet. 4 photographic prints.
Scope and Content

Depicts images of various unidentified car makes and models, as well as images of construction of the "autotorium."

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Photographs and negatives, 2004.
General Physical Description note
7 sets of negatives. 1 contact sheet. 5 photographic prints.
Scope and Content

Depicts various car makes and models, friends or family, carriages, and catalog pages.

19-4
Photographs and negatives, undated.
General Physical Description note
7 sets of negatives. 24 photographic prints. 1 contact sheet.
Scope and Content

Depicts the construction of Vinson's "autotorium."

19-4
Photographs and negatives, 2008.
General Physical Description note
7 sets of negatives. 48 photographic prints. 1 contact sheet.
Scope and Content

Depicts the construction of Vinson's "autotorium."

19-4
Photographs and negatives, 2007.
General Physical Description note
7 sets of negatives. 2 contact sheets.
Scope and Content

Depicts various makes and models of unidentified cars, along with images of friends or family.

19-4
Photographs and negatives, 2007.
General Physical Description note
7 sets of negatives. 25 photographic prints. 1 contact sheet.
Scope and Content

Depicts a Bentley and two other unidentified cars, a family wedding, and the "autotorium" construction area.

19-4
Negatives, undated.
General Physical Description note
7 sets of negatives.
Scope and Content

Depicts images of an unidentified travel location.

19-4
Slides and negatives, 2001.
General Physical Description note
24 slides : color ; 35 mm. 8 sets of negatives.
Scope and Content

Various makes and models of unidentified cars, images of Skoda, Tatra, and Aero catalog pages, and of an outdoor car show or parade.

19-4
Negatives, undated.
General Physical Description note
7 sets of negatives.
Scope and Content

Depicts an unidentified travel location.

19-4
Photographs and negatives, 2006.
General Physical Description note
7 sets of negatives. 1 contact sheet. 1 album : empty.
Scope and Content

Depicts various unidentified car models and makes, and an unidentified travel location.

19-4
Photographs and negatives, 2004.
General Physical Description note
9 sets of negatives. 1 contact sheet. 1 album : empty.
Scope and Content

Features images of an outdoor event and images of Vinson's friends or family at an unidentified travel location.

19-4
Photographs and negatives, 2008.
General Physical Description note
10 sets of negatives. 1 contact sheet. 5 photographic prints.
Scope and Content

Depicts various unidentified car models, carriages, and a few images of the "autotorium" construction.

19-4
Photographs, undated.
General Physical Description note
2 photographic prints : b&w.
Scope and Content

One is of Z. Taylor Vinson and his mother, father, and sister. One is of Z. Taylor Vinson by himself.

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