Wilfred R. Franson, McKenzie Pass, east of Eugene, Oregon 1940 Reviews, Essays, & Illuminants at Troynovant;
listing of Contributor: Wilfred R. Franson

To keep this sequence handier, from the main Contributors A-Z index we've separated out the extended Franson family and some other stalwarts.  * denotes contributors' collaboration.

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Many of these automobile-related articles and memoirs by W. R. Franson previously appeared in his Franson's Motor News, or as renamed, Car History Magazine; or as "Car Stories" (a newspaper column).

He was a member of the Early Ford V-8 Club of America and the Society of Automotive Historians.

Franson, Wilfred R.   (W. R. Franson; Bill Franson)
             Aerial Cableway, Niagara Falls  *
  Postcard, 18 July 1936
             Alcohol Plant
  Springfield, Oregon 1947

             Capitol Oil Wells, Oklahoma City
  Postcard, 14 May 1946
             Chevrolet Vega

             Day-Nite Garage, The
  Eugene, Oregon 1939-1941
             Duesenberg Automobiles

             Eugene Post Office, The
  Eugene, Oregon 1949-1956

             Gas-Electric Cars Go Way Back
  Some History and Prospects
             Geared Way, Way Down
  A Parable of Efficiency

             How Many Wheels?
  Early Three-Cornered Cars
             Hupmobile Automobiles

             I Was Ejected from a Spaceship
  Atlas 10-B Orbits the Earth
  San Diego 1958

             Jefferson Ice Company, The
  Chicago 1927-1929, 1933-1936

             Lightning Strikes the Lighthouse
  Escanaba, Michigan 1906
             Luck versus Auto Accidents
  With Some Scrapes and Escapes

             Model T Ford
             My First Car
  1927 Chevrolet Coupe

             Old Route 66
  1932, 1934, 1946

             Pierce-Arrow Automobiles

             Rickenbacker Automobiles

             Sandy River Service Station
  Troutdale, Oregon 1938-1939
             Stearns-Knight Automobiles

             U.S. Highway 101, San Diego Coast
  Postcard, 16 July 1938

             * denotes contributors' collaboration

[Near Harlech Castle, on the coast of Gwynedd, Wales.]

King Richard II:

For God's sake, let us sit upon the ground,
And tell sad stories of the death of kings —
How some have been deposed, some slain in war,
Some haunted by the ghosts they have deposed ...
William Shakespeare
Richard II, 3.2.142-143 & 151-154

Wilfred R. Franson
McKenzie Pass
east of Eugene, Oregon 1940

The first two lines I quote
from Richard II are among
my father's favorites in all Shakespeare.
A lifelong automobile fan and historian,
he applied them lovingly to
the classic automobile marques:
Packard, Pierce-Arrow, and so on;
he spent many years recalling, researching,
& writing car histories.

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