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Z. Taylor Vinson collection of transportation ephemera, Series XVIII. Pictorial - General transportation

ZTV.XVIII

This is a finding aid. It is a description of archival material held at the Published Collections. Unless otherwise noted, the materials described below are physically available in our reading room, and not digitally available through the web.

Summary Information

Repository:
Published Collections
Creator:
Vinson, Z. Taylor
Title:
Z. Taylor Vinson collection of transportation ephemera, Series XVIII. Pictorial - General transportation
Date:
1909-2001, undated
Call Number:
ZTV.XVIII
Extent:
2 linear feet
Language:
English
Abstract:
This series consists primarily of postcards depicting railways and ships.
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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 postcards depicting railways and ships, although there are some objects regarding buses, as well as reproductions of historic materials such as telegrams and new headlines, as well as some poster reproductions.

Arrangement

Arranged alphabetically by subject and thereunder, alphabetically by format type.

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

Amtrak, 1993. 1 folder.

Scope and Content

This subseries documents Amtrak. Item is a postcard of an Amtrak X2000.

Box

Postcards, 1993.

18-1

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British Railways, undated. 1 folder.

Scope and Content

This subseries documents British Railways. Item is a postcard of an advertisement for "The Queen of Scots."

Box

Postcards, undated.

18-1

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Chemin de Fer de L'Est, 1990. 1 folder.

Scope and Content

This subseries documents Chemin de Fer de L'Est. Item is a postcard of an advertisement for Chemin de Fer de L'Est. All materials are in French.

Box

Postcards, 1990.

18-1

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Collier's: The National Weekly, 1909. 1 folder.

Scope and Content

This subseries documents Collier's: The National Weekly. Item is a print of the cover of the Collier's Automobile Section.

Box

Prints, 1909.

18-F1

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Durango-Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad, undated. 1 folder.

Scope and Content

This subseries documents the Durango-Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad. Item is a postcard of Locomotive 482 on the Durango-Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad.

Box

Postcards, undated.

18-1

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The Ghan, 2001. 1 folder.

Scope and Content

This subseries documents The Ghan. Item is a postcard of The Ghan.

Box

Postcards, 2001.

18-1

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Harley Davidson, 1924. 1 folder.

Scope and Content

This subseries documents Harley-Davidson. Item is a poster for a 1924 Harley-Davidson motorcycle.

Box

Posters, 1924.

18-F1

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London and Birmingham Railway, undated. 1 folder.

Scope and Content

This subseries documents London and Birmingham Railway. Item is a postcard of the 1842 Royal Coach.

Box

Postcards, undated.

18-1

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London and North Western Railway Company, undated. 1 folder.

Scope and Content

This subseries documents London and North Western Railway Company. The postcards consist of six images of the London and Northwestern Railway.

Box

Postcards, undated.

18-1

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Miscellaneous Buses, undated. 2 folders.

Scope and Content

This subseries documents Miscellaneous Buses. The postcards consist of an image of a Greyhound Bus Terminal in Washington, DC. The prints consist of images of a 1920s Sightseeing Bus, a 1930's Intercity Bus, a Silver Eagle, the interior of a Golden Eagle, and a 1920s Intercity Bus.

Box

Postcards, undated.

18-1

Prints, undated.

18-1

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Miscellaneous Rail, undated. 3 folders.

Scope and Content

This subseries documents Miscellaneous Rail. The greeting cards include images of the Canaan Station in New England, images of two model trains, and images of two unidentified trains. The photographs consist of an image of the Arlington Fairfax rail in 1935. The postcards consist of 19 images of various rail advertisements and illustrations.

Box

Greeting Cards, undated.

18-1

Photographs, undated.

18-1

Postcards, 1985-2000, undated.

18-1

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Miscellaneous Ships, 1925-1999, undated. 3 folders.

Scope and Content

This subseries documents Miscellaneous Ships. The menus consist of eight menus with images of classic ships on the covers. The photographs consist of images of the Baudouinville, the Texaco Chent, and an unidentified vessel. The postcards include 72 images of various ships, advertisements, poster reproductions, and telegrams and headlines from the sinking of the Titanic. All materials are in English and French.

Box

Menus, 1953.

18-1

Photographs, 1955, undated.

18-1

Postcards, 1925-1999, undated.

18-1

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Norfolk and Western Railway, 1991. 1 folder.

Scope and Content

This subseries documents Norfolk and Western Railway. Item is a postcard of the Roanoke, VA station for the Norfolk and Western Railway.

Box

Postcards, 1991.

18-1

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Pennsylvania Railroad, undated. 1 folder.

Scope and Content

This subseries documents the Pennsylvania Railroad. Item is a poster of the 1936 Broadway Limited for the Pennsylvania Railroad.

Box

Prints, undated.

18-F1

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Soci?t? Des Transports Intercommunaux De Bruxelles, undated. 1 folder.

Scope and Content

This subseries documents Soci?t? Des Transports Intercommunaux De Bruxelles. The postcards include 13 images of various circa1890s-1900s rail cars. Materials are in French, Dutch, and German.

Box

Postcards, undated.

18-1

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Union Pacific, 1985. 1 folder.

Scope and Content

This subseries documents Union Pacific. Item is a greeting card of a 1941-44 Alco "Big Boy."

Box

Greeting Cards, 1985.

18-1

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United States Lines, undated. 1 folder.

Scope and Content

This subseries documents United States Lines. Item is a greeting card of the United States Lines' vessel, "America."

Box

Greeting Cards, undated.

18-1

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