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Posted by Major on Sunday, November 1, 2020 2:45 PM

Wow I too also caught the EL at Logan Square to ride down to U of I at Circle. On the walk home in the fall I always purchase a Taffy Apple at the vendor in the station. When the EL went over the elevate train tracks you had a fantastic view of the whole downtown Chicago.  You know where I always sat coming and going.

 

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Posted by Northwoods Flyer on Sunday, November 1, 2020 3:31 PM

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I travelled back and forth to Circle too.  I worked at Marshall Field for two years while going to college. The factory for "Affy Tapples" was on Fullerton, sometimes I walked all the way home just so I could stop for a treat.  I agree, the view of the city was amazing.

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Posted by Northwoods Flyer on Monday, November 2, 2020 9:51 AM

Here is set #4010 The Northern Pacific Freight from American Flyer. The sibling to set #4009 that I posted earlier.

And here they are together.

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Posted by Northwoods Flyer on Tuesday, November 3, 2020 9:01 AM

Set #482    Southern Special  1929  by Ives

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Posted by Northwoods Flyer on Wednesday, November 4, 2020 10:52 AM

#653   Hopper   by Lionel


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Posted by Northwoods Flyer on Thursday, November 5, 2020 10:16 AM

This might not be the most exciting accessory by Marx but it certainly added a lot of play value to their trains and options for layout building.

Meet the Marx trestle:

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Posted by pennytrains on Friday, November 6, 2020 7:30 PM

Check out this set on Ebay.  I never saw one like it: https://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-1920s-Coca-Cola-American-Flyer-Train-set/164485690346?hash=item264c1c73ea:g:wo8AAOSw2zpfkkIp

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Posted by Flintlock76 on Friday, November 6, 2020 8:31 PM

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-1920s-Coca-Cola-American-Flyer-Train-set/164485690346?hash=item264c1c73ea:g:wo8AAOSw2zpfkkIp

There you go.  Must be a real rarey, it doesn't look like much, but what do I know? 

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Posted by Northwoods Flyer on Saturday, November 7, 2020 12:06 PM

The heritage of tinplate also includes the beautiful lithographed and tinplate accessories.

This is the #108 Swithch Tower by American Flyer.

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Posted by pennytrains on Saturday, November 7, 2020 5:52 PM

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https://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-1920s-Coca-Cola-American-Flyer-Train-set/164485690346?hash=item264c1c73ea:g:wo8AAOSw2zpfkkIp

There you go.  Must be a real rarey, it doesn't look like much, but what do I know? 

 

The car says "Drink Coca-Cola... (plus something I can't make out)" on one side of the roof and "Pure as Sunlight" on the other.

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Posted by Flintlock76 on Saturday, November 7, 2020 7:30 PM

I think it says "Drink Coca-Cola in Bottles."  I've seen that on vintage Coca-Cola ads.

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Posted by M636C on Sunday, November 8, 2020 5:28 PM

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I think it says "Drink Coca-Cola in Bottles."  I've seen that on vintage Coca-Cola ads.

 

As opposed to post mix prepared at soda fountains (where the mix is not controlled by Coca -Cola?)

I've only heard of sunlight being used in conjunction with soap advertising....

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Posted by Flintlock76 on Sunday, November 8, 2020 6:19 PM

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As opposed to post mix prepared at soda fountains (where the mix is not controlled by Coca -Cola?)

Exactly!   The "Pure as Sunlight's" a bit of a puzzler but they did use it as a catch-phrase. 

Interestingly, Coca-Cola varies the mix to local tastes depending on what part of the country it's being served in, or they used to.  They still might.

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Posted by pennytrains on Monday, November 9, 2020 5:58 PM

I took a peek into Coke history: https://www.coca-colacompany.com/news/history-of-coca-cola-advertising-slogans

"Pure as Sunlight" came around 1927 and I saw adds from the 40's that still used it.  It's better than the 1906 slogan: "The Great National Temperance Beverage" or 1939's: "Whoever You Are, Whatever You Do, Wherever You May Be, When You Think of Refreshment Think of Ice Cold Coca-Cola"Whisper

Look at the history section for a neat advertising brochure in pdf form you can download and peruse.

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Posted by Northwoods Flyer on Tuesday, November 10, 2020 11:11 AM

The #116 Station by Ives.  It has colorful and detailed lithography.  This is why I like the accessories produced for pre war trains.

The front and the back use identical lithography.

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Posted by Northwoods Flyer on Thursday, November 12, 2020 8:52 AM

#654 tank car by Lionel

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Posted by fifedog on Friday, November 13, 2020 9:46 AM

Northwoods - I'm loving all the detail on your Ives 116 station.  Scale-wise, is it closer to O or Standard?

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Posted by Northwoods Flyer on Saturday, November 14, 2020 9:44 AM

fife,

The Ives #116 is rapidly becoming one of my favorite stations.  I have space to put it on display now and I enjoy looking at it more and more.

Here are some comparison photos:

With a Flyer Wide Gauge engine;

And with a Marx O gauge Commodore Vanderbilt;

And a side by side;

The door in the station measures 3 3/4" high which is equivalent to approximately 15' high in O gauge.

Personally I think it looks the best with the Wide Gauge (Standard Gauge) engine.  However, this is the world of tinplate so accuracy in scale is a matter of personal taste.

Thanks for asking.

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Posted by pennytrains on Saturday, November 14, 2020 6:28 PM

Northwoods Flyer
However, this is the world of tinplate so accuracy in scale is a matter of personal taste.

Yeah.  Just ask your nearest gateman!  Laugh

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Posted by fifedog on Sunday, November 15, 2020 6:10 AM

Northwoods - Thanks for the comparison, answers my question. YesCool

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Posted by Northwoods Flyer on Sunday, November 15, 2020 9:46 AM

I found another car for The Northwoods Freight.  Here is the #552 gondola by Marx.

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Posted by Northwoods Flyer on Monday, November 16, 2020 8:26 AM

Here is a string of Steeple Cab variations by American Flyer.

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Posted by Northwoods Flyer on Tuesday, November 17, 2020 11:29 AM

#1122 O gauge Steam Engine and Tender by Ives.

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Posted by Northwoods Flyer on Wednesday, November 18, 2020 10:53 AM

#655 Box Car by Lionel

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Posted by Northwoods Flyer on Thursday, November 19, 2020 11:51 AM

#20102  NYC Caboose by Marx

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Posted by JonEddy on Thursday, November 19, 2020 9:17 PM

I just picked up this boxed set today from someone 5 miles from my house! American Flyer 1347 The Merchant set. The box was missing the set number but a fellow collector helped me out with the identification.It looks like at some point the wheels were replaced and also they converted a Lionel 820 Searchlight car to Flyer couplers too!

 

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Posted by Northwoods Flyer on Friday, November 20, 2020 10:10 AM

Nice find on the Merchant set Jon.

Here are 3 variations of the #3011 Box Cab by American Flyer.

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Posted by pennytrains on Friday, November 20, 2020 6:16 PM

Why are there screws(?) in the wheels?

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Posted by JonEddy on Friday, November 20, 2020 8:08 PM

pennytrains

Why are there screws(?) in the wheels?

 

Good question, wish I knew. Wink

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Posted by Northwoods Flyer on Saturday, November 21, 2020 10:31 AM

Motor 3254 electric by Ives.

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