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Z. Taylor Vinson collection of transportation ephemera, Series XXI. Pictorial - Stamps

ZTV.XXI

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Summary Information

Repository:
Published Collections
Creator:
Vinson, Z. Taylor
Title:
Z. Taylor Vinson collection of transportation ephemera, Series XXI. Pictorial - Stamps
Date:
1901-2008, undated
Call Number:
ZTV.XXI
Extent:
1 linear foot
Language:
Abstract:
This series consists of loose stamps, stamped envelopes, news prints, booklets, and tear sheets.
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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 of loose stamps, stamped envelopes, news prints, booklets, and tear sheets. Subjects include automobiles, travel, aviation, trains, hobbies, and history. Many of the stamps celebrate milestones, such as the 200th Anniversary of Manned Balloon Flight, or the 50  th Anniversary of the Flight of the Graf Zeppelin from the Chicago World's Fair.

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

Box

Automobiles, 1958-2007, undated.

21-1

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Aviation, 1969-1997, undated.

21-1

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Booklets on stamp collecting and display techniques, 1985-1997, undated.
Scope and Contents

In English and Swedish.

21-1

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Historic moments, hobbies, seasonal greetings, various countries, and significant figures, 1984-2008, undated.

21-1

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Space exploration, various countries, significant figures, and hobbies, 1901-2004, undated.

21-2

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News clippings and advertisements on stamps and stamp collecting, 1981-1986, undated.
Scope and Contents

Most of the articles come from "Linn's Stamp News".

21-2

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50th Anniversary of the Graf Zeppelin flight, 1983, undated.

General Physical Description note
prints and envelopes
21-2

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Tear sheets, undated.
Scope and Contents

Includes article "Collecting Early Airmail Adventures" by Peter Johnson, and pictures airmail-related stamps and envelopes.

21-2

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Trains, 1980-2002, undated.

21-2

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Travel, 1990-2005, undated.
Scope and Contents

Includes stamps of the Royal Family of Belgium and a letter from one of Vinson's acquaintances.

21-2

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