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Old 10-28-2010, 10:30 PM
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As many of you know, I have a large (but sadly, incomplete) collection of funeral service magazines that go back into the 1920s*. These include MORTUARY MANAGEMENT, SOUTHERN FUNERAL DIRECTOR, EMBALMER'S
MONTHLY, AMERICAN FUNERAL DIRECTOR, and (my favorite) MORTICIANS OF THE SOUTHWEST.

One of my favorite features of MOTS (published 1947-2001) was the "new delivery" photos. Attached please find two pages from their August, 1972 issue. Although the caption isn't totally correct, my favorite photo is that of the Central cars.

Here also is a Crain's ad from the August, 1972 issue of SFD.
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Old 10-28-2010, 10:42 PM
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Attached is a copy of a Gordon K. Allen Co. (GKA) ad from the August, 1964 issue of MOTS. The '65 models are on the way, and they're trying to sell 35 '64 model coaches that are in stock...EVERY ONE a combination!

This is a page from the August, 1965 issue of MOTS.

The Superior ended up in Central's fleet as unit 43. Note the double-ended bullets; most cars that were delivered with bullets on all four corners had
single-light versions. Well-lit for her day, she sported a #174 beacon and a #78B sirenlight. Central added dual CP-25 speakers as well as a red lower paint job. This car replaced a very similar '62 model at Moore's.

The Abernathy car is a GKA conversion. In 1965, their advertising claimed that they built more "emergency cars" or "hot shots" (also known as station wagon ambulances) than any other company in the southwest combined. Their standard conversion included cot hook, split center seat (if not offered by the car builder), cot hook, and oxygen brackets. Standard warning equipment included four lollipops, a Q2B, and a #17 (such as Ninde F.H.'s Ford, seen in the wagon thread). The Ninde car sports optional curtains, as well.

The Denver M-Ms are very similar, with only a few minor differences.
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Randall Noe was the M-M and C/B dealer for Texas and Oklahoma (and maybe another state or two) until sometime in 1965, when Stan McCampbell took over the franchises. Mr. Noe had been a Eureka, S&S, Meteo,r and Comet dealer previously.

I'm sending these ads (1/65 and 12/65, MOTS) just to stimulate your fantasies...imagine walking around his lot and looking over these cars! I'm guessing, by the calling times listed, that he was working somewhere else when the later ad was published and just trying to clear his leftover inventory. In 1965, an air-conditioned car was a big deal. Most procars of the time still didn't have AM or AM/FM radios. Note that he called his Comets "C/B" for some reason. And yes, "emergency" means station wagon ambulance!
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Bram Limousines was a used limousine dealer in northwest Missouri (where they also operated a funeral home). Note the interesting sedan ambulance conversion, complete with 180-degree rear door opening (and oxygen bottle)! Cot shown is a Washington #54.

Until a few years ago I thought 1962 was the first year C/B offered their limousine (through the 1967 model year). Could this have been the 1961 prototype?
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I have one of the military hospital in Denver receiving there new 73 cb a man at the meet down there was kind enough to send it to me as we were discussing how my 72 would have looked as delivered. I used the pictures to get he signage made up correct for the car.
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don't you just hate it when you forget to wait for the pictures to load
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1/63 MOTS - Note the use of Federal "Kojak" lights on the Greenwood (three) and Hassell-Foster (four, plus a #17 and rear marker lights) Sevilles.

8/61 MOTS - The short '61 Chevy is interesting, but I REALLY like that Cotington combination!
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If any one else has coach dealer ads and/or new delivery features like this to share, please post them here...we'd sure like to see 'em!
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3/64 - Mr. Oliphant, do you recognize any of these cars?

1/64 - Note that three of the funeral-home-for-sale ads mention that they're still in the furniture business.
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From MCM - 2/61 and 1/64
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