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The Sunday Edition No. VI – The Wall of Death – A 1940s Dodge and Plymouth Showroom – The 1922 Velie

This is a documentary of the Ken Kox Troupe by Benedict Cambell showing the lives of a family that travel the British Isles and Europe with a Wall of Death thrill show, a hold- over from earlier times. The Troupe still uses a pair of Indian Scout motorcycles which were the machine of choice for the shows back in the period.

Ken Fox, who has been riding on the Wall for close to forty years, bought the show which had been in one place in an amusement park for twenty years and put it on the road in 1982. You can learn more at the Ken Fox Troupe, and at Sideshow World.

  • wall of deathThe Alevans Wall of Death, a British Stunt Show photo via Sideshow World

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Reader Frank James sent along the photo above of Dodge and Plymouth agency by the name of L Motors that was photographed at some point in time between the years of 1946 and 1948. He is interested in finding out if anyone knows where this very up-to-date dealership was located.

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The Velie was a well-made mid-priced car that was manufactured in Moline, Illinois, between the years of 1909 and 1929. This pair of photos of both the Sport and Standard Touring 1923 Model 58 cars, was taken by reader Jerry McDermott’s father who was a professional photographer.

Automotive Industries magazine must have thought highly of the new model and its o.h.v. six-cylinder engine as we were able to find a two-page article below all about the new engine. You can learn all about the manufacturer at the Velie Motor Cars.

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6 responses to “The Sunday Edition No. VI – The Wall of Death – A 1940s Dodge and Plymouth Showroom – The 1922 Velie

    • The Shorpy caption says March 24, 1948. “L Motors, business at 175th Street and Broadway, New York City. General view. Morris Lapidus, client.”

      Morris Lapidus was a prominent 20th Century architect.

      Morris Lapidus (November 25, 1902 – January 18, 2001) was the architect of Neo-baroque Miami Modern hotels that have since come to define the 1950s resort-hotel style synonymous with Miami and Miami Beach. http://wikipedia.org/wiki/Morris_Lapidus

      Confirmation that he did design the L Motor showroom in Washington Heights (and the date 1948) is found in a New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission report. See page 2 for this and a summary of his career.

      Morris Lapidus (1902-2000)
      The Summit Hotel was designed by Morris Lapidus, one of the most influential hotel designers of the 20th century.
      Early works by Lapidus in New York City include: L Motors (1948, demolished) in Washington Heights, Shaare Zion synagogue (1954) in Flatbush, and the America Fore Insurance Group Office Building (1960) in downtown Brooklyn. A retail designer at heart, he created extravagant works that challenged the minimalist trends of the 1950s.

  1. On the top of the truck (Lorry?), the E is bigger than the vans. I would think the former owner of the show was named Al Evans

  2. I recall seeing a wall-of-death motorcycle act at the York (Pennsylvania) Fair in the late 1950s. The show employed only (very used-looking) Indian motorcycles. Wish I’d taken some photos!

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