On Saturday, September 18th, we at Hagley had the honor of presenting an exhibit on the Z. Taylor Vinson Collection at the second annual Auburn Heights Invitational Historic Auto Display, which was held at the Marshall Steam Museum at Auburn Heights Preserve in Yorklyn, Delaware. Held on a beautiful September day, this year’s show was a great success, attracting a fine crowd and an impressive contingent of antique cars dating from the early 1900s to the 1930s. The theme of this year’s show was “An Era of Elegance,” which spotlighted Packard, a renowned American manufacturer of luxury cars that was in business from 1899 to 1958. True to the theme, some truly elegant examples of pre-World War II Packards turned up at this year’s show. Not be outdone, a number of beautiful antique cars from other legendary high-end makes, including, but not limited to, Cadillac, Marmon, Pierce-Arrow and Stanley made their appearance as well.
For this year’s Auburn Heights Invitational, Hagley was invited to present an exhibit for the Z. Taylor Vinson Collection. The exhibit was set up inside the Marshall Steam Museum’s exhibit hall, in which a number of cars from the museum’s wonderful automobile collection are on display. In keeping with this year’s theme, we exhibited several original pre-World War II trade catalogs for Packard and other high-end makes represented at the show, including Cadillac, Marmon, Pierce-Arrow, and Stanley. A colorful sampling of Vinson Collection trade catalogs for automakers not represented at the show, including American makes such as Lincoln and Studebaker, and foreign makes such as Renault and Saab, were displayed in the exhibit as well.
Over the course of the day, a number of show attendees took the time to view the Z. Taylor Vinson Collection Exhibit. The exhibit was enthusiastically received and those who viewed it were delighted to have the opportunity to look at the various trade catalogs we had on display. Attendees were also very pleased to see trade catalogs for automakers represented at the show and were excited to learn that the Vinson Collection will soon be open to researchers.
If you are interested in learning more about the Z. Taylor Vinson Collection, we strongly encourage you to regularly check back with this blog to see some of the unique and rare items in this collection and to learn about the latest project developments. If you were unable to attend the show but would like to view individual items from the collection, we encourage you to visit the Z. Taylor Vinson Digital Library Preview on the Hagley Museum and Library’s website.
Last but not least, we at Hagley encourage you to visit the Marshall Steam Museum at Auburn Heights Preserve and check out the featured attractions that are found there. For further information, please visit their website.
Kenton Jaehnig is the Project Archivist for the Z. Taylor Vinson Collection at Hagley Museum and Library.