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Post by drrot » Fri Jan 20, 2012 2:26 pm

Tyson,
Just got mine here in Illinois, along with a snowstorm. Perfect timing. It's worth waiting for :D
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1947 Penn Yan 12' Cartopper WXH474611
1950 Chris-Craft 22' Sportsman U-22-1532
1957 Chris-Craft 26' Sea Skiff SK-26-515
1968 Century 17' Resorter FG-68-174

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Post by Arnie » Fri Jan 20, 2012 3:11 pm

Mine arrived today at my alternative address in the White Mountains of Arizona. Both were intact but the lower right hand corner of the wrapper was split open. Both already read cover to cover. WELL DONE Bill et al.
Arnie

1947 25' Red & White Express Cruiser
1959 22' Sea Skiff Ranger Trunk Cabin
1968 22' Cavalier Cutlass
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Post by ppeters48 » Fri Jan 20, 2012 5:20 pm

Got mine yesterday in northern California in tip top shape. Thanks

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Post by TerryB » Fri Jan 20, 2012 6:33 pm

Received mine here in upstate NY on Tuesday the 17th in perfect shape.
Great job again, don’t know how you do it. Thank again.

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Post by jfrprops » Fri Jan 20, 2012 8:04 pm

I got mine, fine shape and great mags....thanks Bill,

John in Va.
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1954 Whirlwind deluxe dual ckpt 16'
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Post by Mholland » Sun Jan 22, 2012 7:56 am

Is it possible to purchase an additional copy? I have a 1949 Custom and I really liked the article and would like a second copy.
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Post by jwoldeboat » Mon Jan 23, 2012 7:02 pm

Recieved both Brass Bell copies today in good shape here in Wolfeboro New Hampshire.!! Can't wait to be able and sit down and read them,very exciteing and just like Christmas !!! Thanks Bill for all your hard work and time spent.
JW

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Post by aliwildatwork » Tue Jan 24, 2012 5:11 am

Received my Bells, unharmed, in the bag on Saturday morning! YEAH!!!!!

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Post by Mark Christensen » Tue Jan 24, 2012 8:36 am

got them yesterday! 2 in one sleeve! It was a great day! Thanks team!
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Post by Horstuff » Tue Jan 24, 2012 11:10 am

I got mine too... Absolutely beautiful, thank you.

A question about the article by Al in the spring issue and Brain in the summer issue... They both show a b&w shot of a dealership in 1946, and Al's says it's somewhere in Portland, OR while Brian's says it is Bryants Marina in Seattle.

They both sure look like the same place to me, and I'm wondering if it really is Bryants or not. That third boat from the right is my boat (2 years older though), and my hull card says it was shipped to Bryants Marina in Seattle. If so, even though it's 2 years off, it's very cool to see what my boat looked like sitting in the exact showroom it was shipped to.

Again, outstanding work on the BB's... Much more than mere magazines.

Bobby
1948 27' Super DeLuxe Enclosed Cruiser

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Post by Bill Basler » Tue Jan 24, 2012 12:20 pm

Bobby, I think I can answer this...and the answer illustrates how the gathering of knowledge on all of these issues is ongoing.

Back in the time that Al wrote his article, we knew we had an excellent B&W photo in our archive that would show an original showroom correct post war 17-foot Deluxe. In fact, we had a couple of opportunities to shed light on post war Deluxe research, as we had acquired a couple batches of photos just prior. One batch was from a Knights Boats and Motors, a Chris-Craft dealership in Jacksonville, Florida. The other photos came from the Pacific Northwest...that's about all we knew at the time. The club purchased these photos off of eBay. The only knowledge we had was on the eBay description that the seller wrote which said, "I believe these are from the Pacific Northwest."

In viewing the photo, several noted the PYC pennants handing on the back wall, and put two pieces of info together—"I'll bet this could be Portland." At that time, it was a best guess, thus the caption says, "believed to be Portland."

A couple of months later, we secured another photo from eBay. Ironically, it was from the same dealership! It may have even been a different eBay seller (I can't recall). This photo was the exterior of the same dealership that we had collected prior.

This time we could see enough of the neon sign outside of the dealership to determine, with the help of Chris-Craft dealer records, that this was Bryant's Marina in Seattle.

In a perfect world we would have gone back in and recaptioned the prior photo, but that issue was already off press and waiting to be mailed.

I love this story. First, these photos give us all a really interesting view of how these boats were retailed. Note the Aquaplanes on the right wall of the Bryant's Marina photo.

Also, it is proof that we are all making our best, educated guesses about any of these issues, based on what information we have collected over time. Some details of these boats are getting very well documented. Others not so much. In this case, the dealership is truly Bryant's Marina in Seattle, WA.
Bill Basler

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Post by Horstuff » Tue Jan 24, 2012 1:31 pm

Wow, wow, wow, very cool. Thanks for the explanation. I'm new to all this, so maybe you could give me any tips on how I would go about tracing my boats purchase history. I do have the packet from MM (that's how I got the hull card), but it would be great to see where my boat went after it left that showroom, who owned it, for how long, etc. I looked on the web for Bryant’s Marina in Seattle and came up with a couple things but nothing to point any direction except that it looks as if it was in the Shilshole area by Ballard. I don’t know that for sure though.

Should I post that question in a different area?

Thanks again. New to this and totally hooked.
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Post by Don Danenberg » Wed Jan 25, 2012 12:20 am

Got my spring and summer, 2011, in the same package (Jan 2012).

Seen Fall and Winter, 2011, pass since then.

Still looking for "content"?

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Post by Captain Nemo » Wed Jan 25, 2012 4:14 pm

I received just the plastic sleeve w/ only the paper insert w/ my address in it. Major disappointment :evil: . Called the P.O. said they will check lost and found, not expecting to hear from them.
-Mark
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Post by mfine » Wed Jan 25, 2012 8:38 pm

I can sell you mine.

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Post by Take Time » Wed Jan 25, 2012 10:09 pm

Mark,

You are not the only one to receive the "We're sorry bag" from the Post Office. I'm picturing our mail man enjoying both issues of the Brass Bell. Bill will make it right.

Rob

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Post by Bill Basler » Thu Jan 26, 2012 9:34 am

Mark, I'll put you on this list for a new copy. So far we have about a dozen or so. Let's hope the issue does not get too widespread.
Bill Basler

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Post by Ollon » Thu Jan 26, 2012 10:27 am

They arrived in So Cal on Jan 24 all in one piece. Too busy reading to post earlier. Thanks Bill, Great Job.

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Post by Captain Nemo » Thu Jan 26, 2012 4:02 pm

Thanx Bill, I will be looking forward to the replacements.
Matt, I appreciate the offer to sell me yours, hope it doesn't come to that :roll: . You're not too far away to come pick them up.
-Mark
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Post by mfine » Thu Jan 26, 2012 5:48 pm

I'll sell them real cheap if you come to pick them up. You just have to do it before my wife recycles them.

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Post by 57skiff » Thu Jan 26, 2012 8:07 pm

My issues were in my mailbox today in western ny! As usual another fine job!!

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Post by kcupido » Sun Jan 29, 2012 9:03 am

Received my much anticipated copies Friday. Beautiful magazine, as always!

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Post by Don Vogt » Sun Jan 29, 2012 1:01 pm

anyone in wa. state get them yet? i havent.
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Post by Jacqui » Sun Jan 29, 2012 5:38 pm

Even in Europe (The Netherlands) I received them all well. Looking Great!

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Post by dustoff135 » Mon Jan 30, 2012 1:41 am

Oh so close, still waiting for mine in Düsseldorf, Germany.
Patrick

Previous projects: 1940 17' Barrelback, #71572
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Post by tph » Mon Jan 30, 2012 9:16 am

Got both of mine a week ago along with 5" of snow.
Great reading.
tom
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Post by Reginald Down » Wed Feb 01, 2012 6:00 pm

I received both my Brass Bells today. The plastic wrapper was gone but Canada Post kindly bundled them together with rubber bands.

Great to see them just the same.
Reg Down

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Post by Pete DeVito » Wed Feb 01, 2012 8:42 pm

Bill
Any chance you know when the replacement copy is going to be mailed out. I want to keep my eyes out for it.
thanks
Pete
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Post by Oberon01 » Wed Feb 01, 2012 9:11 pm

Mine received today, no problems with wrapping or anything else. As usual they look great, hope to read them tonight.
1926 Mullins 16' Outboard Special
1940 CC 19'Custom
1946 Gar Wood 22' 6" Sedan
1946 16' Peterbrough Falcon
1947 CC 16' Special Runabout
1947 Chris Craft 22' Sportsman
1948 CC 25' Sportsman Sedan
1959 Feather Craft Islander Express Cruiser
1961 CC 21' Continental
1965 Glastron Futura 500 V -164
1965 CC Sea Skiff 24'

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Post by dustoff135 » Thu Feb 02, 2012 12:52 am

Received mine on this past Monday in Düsseldorf, Germany in excellent condition.
Thanks for a great publication.
Patrick

Previous projects: 1940 17' Barrelback, #71572
1971 XK19, ORCZ19-2016V

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