Anthony's Model Cars
1919 Ford Model TT Furniture Van
|I was looking
for a special Dutch Ford Model T for my 1/25 scale Ford Model T
collection and found a nice example in a book about the history of
my town, a 1919 Ford Model TT with a special bodywork made by a
local carpenter. The car was used by a furniture shop ('Meubileering
Zandbergen' = 'Furniture Zandbergen'). The original picture was very
small so I tried to figure out how I could get a better picture.
I was surprised when one of my older friends told me that the one of the owners of the shop, Mr. Jaap Zandbergen, was still alive. I found his phone number and asked him about some details. Surprisingly enough he told me that he still had the original picture, it was actually a kind of postcard, and asked me if I would be interested to have the picture on loan for a few days. Well, ofcourse I was. So I asked him if I could pick it up. I figured that on his age, he is probably 91 years old, he wouldn't jump in his car to bring me the picture.
But Mr. Zandbergen declined that offer, asked me were I lived and, as if it was the most normal thing to do for a man of his age, said that he would ump on his bike and bring me the picture
Hang on, what did he say, on his bike??
Well, one hour later the doorbell rang and yes, old Mr. Zandbergen had arrived on his bike. Talking about old fashioned service! A bit scary though considering his age...
Ofcourse I was pleased with the original picture, but it was not in a very good condition. Not really bad, but with hundreds of small scratches, white spots, black spots and so on. So I decided to restore the picture to get a good and clear picture for my model. You can see the result in the 1919 Ford Model T Furniture Van.jpg.
Ofcourse I made a super glossy print on A4 format of the restored picture for Mr. Zandbergen and needless to say that he was very, very pleased with the result.
BTW, Mr. Zandbergen told me that the car was used in the weekends for family business and for that purpose two wooden benches could be installed in the rear section. How about that, in 1919 we already had a MPV in our town! What's new...
The luggage/cargo rack of the Ford Model TT
Furniture Van was a heck of a job to get finished, but I think I got