Monday, March 31, 2008

60 Years Behind The Wheel: The Cars We Drove In Canada, 1900-1960

For some time, I've been meaning to start regular posts about books helpful to someone doing Canadian genealogy and history. In honour of this month's Carnival of Genealogy topic, family cars, I decided to start with this one.

60 Years Behind The Wheel: The Cars We Drove In Canada, 1900-1960 by Bill Sherk, with a foreword by Mike Filey (Toronto: A Hounslow Book, Dundurn Group, 2003)

Bill Sherk, known as Canada's 'old car detective', has written several books and many, many articles. In 60 Years Behind The Wheel, he has gathered together photographs and stories about cars and their owners and drivers mainly in Ontario, but also in the Maritimes, the Prairies and in British Columbia. A few commercial, farm and industrial vehicles are included, as are some buses.

There's a photograph showing one of Ed BROWN's trucks from Burnaby, B.C., for instance. Ed Brown had a trucking business from about 1910, as well as other businesses later.

And, there's a great story with photographs about four young women's adventures driving together across country from London, Ontario to Vancouver, British Columbia, in 1935. (Surnames: SIMMONS/COWHIG, PALMER/ROBINSON, SMITH, COPELAND/ZURBRIGG )

Well worth a look.

If you're interested in cars in Canada, here are a couple of links to check out:

CarStory with articles by Bill Sherk, Patricia Weaver Blonde, Scott Marshall and Harry DeYong:

The Windsor on Wheels on-line exhibition from the Windsor Public Library:

And look for Bill Sherk's books at your library, and for Cars of Canada by Glenn Baechler and Hugh Durnford (Toronto: McClelland and Stewart, 1973)

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