When I was a kid one of my grade school classmates and church friends was J. Woody. Doc (Armin) and Louise lived next door and I baby sat Davy (who I know is now David!) more than once. Bunny lived down the street and was a friend of my mom. What I didn't know as a child was that all of these people were descendants of one of our city's great pioneers, R.E. Olds, founder of REO Motorworks. And yes, if you ever drove an Oldsmobile, you have ties to Lansing, Michigan.
Last November attended an anniversary party at the R.E. Olds Museum here and it was a revelation in its wonderful display of classic automobiles from Oldsmobile and REO Motor Company as well as showing a slice of life for this power family in our community.
I should say that this is quite a small museum. Well, large enough to hold many cars, but we are talking one floor. They've done a magnificent job making the museum accessible to people, able to enjoy both the automotive history of the companies as well as the historical elements of family life.
This part of the post is all about the cars!
Imagine, taking a drive in this green beauty!
I have to admit, with its bright green, it was my favorite!
How many of us had a station wagon not unlike this one in our youth?
REO/Oldsmobile didn't just provide family cars. The police cars in Lansing were from this company.
So, too, were fire trucks in the day.
And a later day!
The museum showcases the functional "business" purposes of these cars well.
REO did farm trucks and tractors.
One could even be driven to their final reward (or the next-to-last stop) in one of their cars!
In some cases, there were child-size versions of the larger cars.
I loved the wonderful colors in the paints.
Have you noticed that most people don't have "happy colors" in their cars these days?
On road trips, I count "Happy Color" cars -- cars that are not silver, black, navy, brown or white. Depending on the day, I include maroon in there but fire-engine red is a happy color. Sometimes I can go a whole three hour trip and not even count ten! I might count this maroon, thought. it's so rich!
But I've only seen a KIA Soul this color.
So whether your tastes run from dignified black...
...to something bright...
A vehicle for your fancies...
...or a fancy pint-sized car...
This place had it all! (But wait! There's more -- coming soon!)
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