March 9th, 2013
I continue to get wonderful letters and notes from you folks. Recently, I got a note from a gentleman wondering just exactly who developed the "man on the tractor" logo for International Harvester. It's actually pretty interesting if you don't already know this one. The logo was developed by one of the most famous industrial designers in the world, Raymond Loewy.
Adapted from Wikipedia: Raymond Loewy (November 5, 1893 - July 14, 1986) was an industrial designer, and the first to be featured on the cover of Time magazine, on October 31, 1949. Born in France, he spent most of his professional career in the United States.
Notable works of his, besides the "man on the tractor" logo, of course, include the slenderized Coca-Cola bottle, the streamlined Greyhound bus, the John F. Kennedy postage stamp, the Lucky Strike cigarette package, locomotives for the Pennsylvania Railroad, the interiors of NASA's Saturn I, Saturn V, and Skylab, the Sears Coldspot refrigerator, Schick electric razors, several Studebaker models (including the amazing Avanti), and the logos of Chubb Corp., Exxon, Greyhound, Nabisco, Shell, and the U.S. Postal Service.
Loewy retired at the age of 87 in 1980 and returned to his native France. He died in his Monte Carlo residence in 1986. He was survived by his second wife Viola and their daughter Laurence. In 1992 Viola Loewy and British American Tobacco established the Raymond Loewy Foundation in Hamburg, Germany. The foundation was established to promote the discipline of industrial design internationally and preserve the memory of Raymond Loewy. An annual award of €50,000 is granted to outstanding designers in recognition of their lifetime achievements. In 1998, Laurence Loewy established Loewy Design in Atlanta, Georgia to manage her father's continued interests in the United States. Laurence died on October 15, 2008 and is survived by her husband David Hagerman and their son Jacque Loewy. David Hagerman currently manages Loewy Design and the Loewy Estate.
October 27th, 2012
It has been forver since I have posted! Hopefully things will be getting back to normal soon - it has been a VERY busy summer. We are 95% settled into the new home and love it. Best of all, it has a great shop, and I have most of it set up at this point.
I still need to install a heater and insulation, but I finally have workbenches, tools and electricity available to me!
As you recall, at the last place we built a garage and epoxied the floor. Even though it was new concrete, I noticed when we were packing to leave that the epoxy was peeling ina few spots, which concerned me quite a bit. So I'm considering trying something new here - PVC mats for the floors.
I'll post a link when I get closer to a decision.
In the meantime, here are a couple photos of the house and the shop - by next summer we should ACTUALLY see progress on the truck itself!!
May 9th, 2012
Apologies for the long hiatus between posts. We've decided to take advantage of the real estate market here in Madison and have sold our home (the house prices in our neighborhood didn't fall as much as most neighborhoods in Madison). That, coupled with home building incentives and low interest rates just made it seem like the right time to build a new home.
So it has been pretty hectic. The mazing thing is we sold our home in one week. BUT, the new buyers wanted the garage finished, so Susan and I have been drywalling (with the help of a contractor on that one), painting and completing the electrical in the garage. We closed a couple of weeks ago and construction on the new house started on May 1.
Cornelia's new home will be in a beautiful edge-of-town neighborhood with a larger garage that will be set up for heat and electrical by the builder.
More to come!
November 29th, 2011
Sorry for the prolonged absence. The last few months have been a tad rough here. We were just making some great progress on the garage in July and August - we had an electrical contractor come in to help me (I wanted to speed things up because my eldest son, Samuel was coming home to live with Susan and I while he attends school) and the contractor had roughed out all of my electrical plans. We also installed a fence, a walkway to the garage from the deck/house, and we managed to do all of this even though I was still dealing with pain on a daily basis.
All of a sudden, on September 16, the painkillers no longer helped with the pain. I knew something was drastically wrong and I asked Susan to take me in to the E.R. They confirmed that I had a bad appendix and said they could remove it laparoscopically. No big deal. I would be out in a day. Things took a serious downturn from there. The "bad" appendix had actually already burst, so after the laporoscopic procedure, they had to open everything up for surgery. I was OK for a very short while after that, except the healing process didn't seem to be going right... I developed some severe complications, they had to go in again, and for a week I was in an induced coma. Things were not looking good for a while, and believe it or not, I think the whole process was a lot harder on my Susan than it was on me. Somehow I lost a month.
I'm home now and slowly recovering. I lost a lot of weight (a good thing, but I wouldn't write a book about it!) and can't get around very well yet. It's a struggle just to walk, and it's going to take the entire winter, a lot of work and a lot of exercise just to get my movement and conditioning back.
I apologize if I've missed any of your notes, but I think I've caught up with everyone at this point. Needless to say, work on Cornelia is likely put off until Spring. Nonetheless, check back in because I will still post news and stories about IHC trucks and events as I come across them, and I'm also back at work at OldIHC (a big thank you to Jim Hadfield for coming out of retirement and holding the fort at OldIHC in my absence!). ~ John
July 8th, 2011
For those of you that do not get Vintage Truck Magazine, there was a WONDERFUL article by B. Mitchell Carlson providing a brief history of the International Harvester truck logo over the years.
I took a little time out and reproduced it, word for word, for your benefit as part of the IHC history documentation here. Be sure to check it out as it is a very interesting read.
July 1st, 2011
I wish I could be providing you with an update on Cornelia, but the fact is that we've actually LOST money from the truck fund instead of gained, so work on the truck is getting put off. I still hope to spend some time on the truck later on this summer, but the higher priority will be completing the garage since my son will be coming down to live with us starting in August and I need to make room for him by getting tools out of the basement and into the garage :-)
In other news, Jim Hadfield, the (former) owner of OldIHC has retired and I have now taken over the site. THAT has kept me plenty busy as well. A GOOD busy though, as it is a great bunch of guys, and I consider it the BEST resource on the Internet for old International trucks! Be sure to sign up as a member and avail yourself to the forums - the people there will surely help you out no matter how obscure you think your difficulty is!
Finally, I am VERY happy to report that through OldIHC and Classic Truck Posters, we have raised over $1,700 for Matt's Truck! Even though we've surpassed the original goal of $700 (which was only to get the truck paid off and get it home) let's continue to help them out and make Matt's world a brighter one! You can find out how to donate HERE.
April 30th, 2011
We started a funding campaign at OldIHC and at Classic Truck Posters, and managed to raise almost $800.00 in just the past four weeks, which will allow Matt's family to finish paying off the truck for Matt, get it home and start working on it for him - a very wonderful thing :-)
We're going to keep the fundraiser going for a while yet since the contributions are still coming in at a steady pace. A purchase of the special poster we made for Matt (pictured to the right) will also see a contribution go to the family as well.
Susan and I, as well as Matt's family, are all overwhelmed by the generosity we've seen.