|Subject:||RE: Lists of Henderson Dealers/Agents?||Date:||Sat May 23 10:43:22 2015|
Doug and Barry|
Thanks for the tips. Because he sent me a direct email with some attached scans of the cover of Henderson brochures, I sent a note to Barry (below). I have also written to the AMA Museum (apparently now called the AMA Hall of Fame). No answer yet. The good news is that the AMA Hall of Fame is only about an hour and a half drive from my house. If I don't hear anything, I may just drive over and see what might be done. I have a feeling that such collections might not actually be physically present at the Museum, but perhaps a personal appeal might get the door open.
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Subject: Re: Henderson Dealers
Date: Sat, 23 May 2015 07:33:01 -0400
Thanks very much. I have a pretty good collection of these things. The only problem is that such brochures often bear the stamp of the dealer in one city, and really is only valid that one year (I am assuming that dealers came and went). I was hoping for a list of all dealers.
I am wondering how an owner would find a Henderson dealer/agent/repair place in any given major city. I guess they could just ask around, but it seems like a booklet listing them would have been produced.
As you can see, the dealers often didn't have "Henderson" or "Excelsior" in the company name... so it's not easy to find them from City Directories back in the day (though they CAN be found... see the attached page from the 1919 City Directory for Indianapolis [see MERZ MOTOR CO] and the 1918 City Directory for Los Angeles).
I guess I will start compiling a list and see where I end up. Who knows... it might be useful to someone and perhaps we can create a "living document" like a Wiki page where others can add dealers (with sources, dates, etc).