MOTORBOAT SOCIETY ISSUES 1ST YEARBOOK
The Motorboat Historical Society formed late in 1980, has issued
its first yearbook devoted to antique boat research for amateur
historians of the motorboat.
David Eastman, Director, send us a copy for review. The
organization has two classes of enrollment: (1) members, who pay
$5.00 annual dues, and receive three newsletters and a yearbook
each year, and (2) research associates whose dues are $3.00, who
receive the publications but also undertake to select a research
project for the year, and write a project report for the
The 1981 yearbook contains a variety of subjects. One tells
about the Disappearing Propellor Motorboat, known as the Dispro,
produced by four different companies over 44 years, and considered
the ‘Model T’ of the marine industry in Canada. This was
written by Joe Fossey, who with Jim Smith has formed an
organization of Dispro boat owners.
Another article by Norman Cousens, is on Collecting Antique Post
Cards. Jack Parker tells how he and his wife, Beth, researched the
history of their 1946 52′ Dawn cruiser, the last of its kind
built at Clason Point in the Bronx, New York.
In many ways, members of the Motorboat Historical Society have
interests in common with collectors of tractors and stationary gas
engines. We like the yearbook because it shows the amount of
meaningful research which can be done, and which adds to the
pleasure of collecting and restoring-as well as exhibiting.
Membership in the group is small at this time. We hope it will
grow. Both the yearbook and the newsletter give information on
other clubs and publications. If you are interested, write to
Motorboat Historical Society, P.O. Box 1080, Durham, N.H. 03824.
Cost of the yearbook is $5.00, first class postpaid, from the
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