Saturday, February 25, 2017

Mr. Christopher Ferrone Says Hello

Saturday February 25, 2017
Overcast,  record warm
17 C  63 F

Mr. Christopher Ferrone
Says Hello

It's been an "acceptable " winter up here in Montreal (Quebec, Canada). The weather hasn't been took cold, and  the snow hasn't been too much. Also, the older that I get (I'm 68), the faster time seems to go by. It was just fall (September 22), when I started the countdown to spring (March 22), and as of today, there are only 25 days to spring!

Of course, there are still 2 months after the first day of spring until the weather is warm enough to prepare the grass, and start to mow the lawn. I can't wait!

Mr. Christopher Ferrone is one of my readers who  is the president of  Americoach Systems Inc., a company that  is in "Specialized Transport Technology, Safety, Management, and Logostics". Christopher specializes in bus transportation in Chicago, Illinois.  Chris also happens to be a toy enthusiast, and restores and innovates old toys into new ones. He's quite an "artisan", and very capable at what he does. 

Today's post is his latest model that he has magnificently restored and innovated.

In his own words…...

"Hi Stacey 

I hope you are well !!

and that the winter is not too harsh !!

I just finished a 1930 Marx/Studebaker custom fire truck

I started with just the cab and side fenders

I made the body/box and rear step, ladder racks, front bumper

I obtained a grill from another truck and customized it to fit this one

base coat / clear coat finish.........."retro red metallic, and clear

wood wheels

I hope you like it



I don't know where Chris finds the time to make such a nicely-restored toy firetruck, but he does.
It's always great to hear from Chris and see what his latest "piece-de-resistance" is .

Thanks Chris, and I hope all jus well with you and  Americoach Systems, Inc. in Chicago.

Friday, February 10, 2017

A Reader Asks for Help with a Nice Cor-Cor Train

Friday, February 10, 2017
Sunny and Very Cold
-12 C  10.4 F

A Reader asks for Help with a Cor-Cor Train

Periodically, I get inquiries from readers about what the value of their toys are. And so, that was the case when Debbie Dean write to me about 3 weeks ago. Debbie has a nice Cor-Cor train, but up until today, I couldn't find any results for the value. However, I did find 1 result when I did a Google search  for "Cor-Cor Train". The result was  $ 80.00 US, but the result on iCollector wasn't as nice as Debbie's.

The reason for today's post is to ask you (my readers), if you have one of these 1920's-1930's train sets, and if you might know the value of it. I was surprised at the low value on iCollector because Cor-Cor cars achieve nice dollar values. If you do a search on Bertoia Auctions website, you'll see what I mean.

Below are the nice photos that Debbie Dean sent me. I had to ask Debbie to make the photos larger in size so I could work with them in Photoshop, and present them online. If you ever plan on asking me or anyone on the Net for the value of your toy, a good idea is to also include the sizes of the toys. Also, when sending photos, present nice photos without distractions, and their sizes should be at least 4" x 6" (100 mm x 130 mm) in size @ 300 dpi.

If you send photos of a toy to me, please give the dimensions (size) to me.
Manufacturers sometimes make toys in different sizes, 
so knowing the exact size of any toy is important

I like how Debbie presented her toys on an almost single coloured carpet. The texture of the carpet also enhances the photo.

So, if anyone out there has one of these nice Cor-Cor train sets, would you be so kind as to send me any information of their value, and I'll pass on the information to Debbie Dean.

Thanks for dropping by,
and as always, 
have a great part of the day or night,
wherever you may be.

Stacey Bindman