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The Roderic Blood Packard Collection

Through the courtesy of  The Larz Anderson Auto Museum we are pleased to be able to share with you the Roderic Blood collection of original Packard Company photographs and promotional materials. This collection was rescued from destruction in 1951 when Blood traded a 1910 Packard model 18 runabout to secure the collection that was being discarded by the Packard Co. Rod and his wife Winnie are shown in this photograph above, along with their Irish setter.

Blood had one of the finest collections of Packards in the world of some twenty cars that dated between 1906 and 1936. He was one of the founders of the VMCCA and was president of the club for two terms. Blood, who died in 1966, left this collection to the Larz Anderson Auto Museum.  His cars were auctioned off that year and to this day remain well respected examples of the marque.

We are going to present this incredible collection of photographs, starting  in the next post with the Packard firm’s beginnings in Warren, Ohio, in 1900 and mix in pertinent promotional materials from the collection as we go along.

We would like to thank the Museum for sharing this collection with all of us and ask if you can that you make a donation to help them. The Larz Anderson Auto Museum, is a non-profit and a licensed Massachusetts car dealer, has been accepting car donations for over 40 years as a means of funding.

A donation to the Larz Anderson Auto Museum will also help support “America’s Oldest Car Collection” of which three cars are shown here. The Larz Anderson Auto Museum is a nonprofit 501(c)3 educational and historical museum dedicated to the preservation of the historic Anderson Carriage House and the Museum’s one of a kind automotive collection. They need your help!

There are a variety of ways you can make a contribution to the museum. They have an ongoing appeal for financial support and they can accept cash and stock gifts as well as any item of value. The Museum needs your support in the form of a collector car, cash, property or any item of value. Please feel free to contact the director of development to pledge your support for the museum today.


If you can plan a visit to view the present exhibit (shown below) and also view the Museum in Brookline, Mass., it is conviently located west of the City of Boston, only about five miles east of routes 95/128


3 responses to “The Roderic Blood Packard Collection

  1. It’s good to know that this history of the Packard company has been saved. I think I remember reading that Jim Nance (from Kelvinator) became president of Studebaker and merged that company with Packard. I believe that Packard kept spare parts for all the vehicles they produced and Nance ordered them to be discarded. It was probably at the same time he had the photos and records discarded. Nance’s “appreciation” for what Packard was is demonstrated by the fact that the company was out of business by 1957. In a very short time they went from producing great cars to putting the name on a Studebaker with extra trim added. How sad.

    • I feel I must correct this post for historical accuracy. Jim Nance did not come from Kelvinator. He was made the CEO of Packard in 1952. In 1954, Packard bought Studebaker under the leadership of Nance. The poor financial condition of Studebaker severely hurt the new Studebaker Packard Corporation. This eventually led the corporation to exit auto production completely. Packard did not go out of business in 1957. In that year, the Packard became a glorified Studebaker, though.

  2. Loved to hear about the Larz A. Museum as I Grew up a few blocks nearby and used to go to some of their car meets thruout the 1960s & forward. My grandpa, Sam Eliot 1 of the VMCCA founding members grew up nearby too and was quite the inventor of things automotive , I. e. the C. A .G.E. garage idea ,he also had one built in downtown Boston in the 1920s or so it lasted for many years as a business property maybe into the 1980s as I worked nearby there in the 60s & 1970s. One of his hand built Stainless steele cars lives at the Owls Head Museum in Maine. Our thanks to Mr. Eric Armstrong for some good information . A. Fay

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