Friday, August 16, 2013

Gilmore Car Museum

Last week Mallory and I went on an adventure to the Gilmore Car Museum.



The Gilmore Car Museum began in 1963 as the hobby of Donald S. Gilmore when his wife, Genevieve, gave him an antique car for his birthday —a 1920 Pierce-Arrow “project car.” With the help of some friends, the auto was placed under a tent and a full restoration followed.  The hobby soon grew into a collection of over 30 automobiles.   Mr. Gilmore purchased 90 acres of farm property and had several historic barns dismantled piece by piece and moved to the site. It was Mr. Gilmore’s wife who suggested the idea of turning the collection into a museum where future generations could enjoy the restored cars for years to come. The Gilmores established a non-profit foundation, and opened the museum to the public for the first time on Sunday, July 31, 1966. Donald Gilmore passed away in 1979, and Mrs. Gilmore in 1990, but the legacy they began continues to grow.

This is an unusual adventure for us since neither one of us are car enthusiasts, but we both love history, and they have an amazing collection of 1900's through 1960's automobiles here.



I found shooting all the details on this automobiles was absolutely wonderful. The one thing that I wished I had had was a 17-55mm f/2.8 lens. That would have so helpful for the handheld low light situations in these buildings. It is on my Christmas Wish List. I could have shot for hours here, but for Mallory's sake I kept moving.


The technology of the phone here vs. the 1920's cars was quite funny.

There is a recreated 1930's full-service gas station on site. It features original pumps, memorabilia and a work bay.





This is someplace that I will come back to, so many delightful things to photograph.

One last photograph, this one looked great no matter what Lightroom preset I used.


My dear friend Helen has started a new link up party - Weekend Walk at The Inspiration Pavilion. I am so excited to be joining her for photo walks. 

11 comments:

  1. WOW this is an amazing collection of cars, and they really are beautiful 'ol things-you've taken wonderful photos-I think our small town mayor had the 1958 chevy!

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  2. Fantastic love all the bright splashes of orange and all the retro 'stuff' to photograph looking forward to more walks with you....

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  3. So glad you're joining me on the Weekend Walks!Your photos are fascinating - so interesting to see - I LOVE retro! There's so much to capture at places like these - and the closer you look the more detail you start to see.

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  4. I love those vintage things. Recently I fixed up an old sewing machine. It looks great. Thanks for the new adventure.

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  5. Great collection of cars and photos. I recently treated myself to a 50mm f1.4 for low light and highly recommend saving pennies for one.

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  6. I can almost smell the garage smell of the second to last picture! Brings back childhood memories; my Dad was always restoring old cars. He had 1933, 1950 & 1953 Chevy's and a 1956 Ford pick-up when he died. I now have the 1950 Chevy in my garage :)

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  7. I love old cars, especially when they are well taken care of like these are...what a great photo op!!

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  8. We are antique car enthusiast. We have a 1940 Ford Pickup that's bright red! In fact, we're heading to a car show next weekend. I'm looking forward to all the shiny cars to photograph. Your shots have gotten me excited! Thanks for the information about the new walking link-up. I'll be joining in soon!

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  9. What an awesome place to visit. I can see you going back multiple times and it being a muse over and over. I do love old cars-and you've shot them really well. How nice that they're all in such fine condition. There is a place around here. The owner invited me to stop by-I totally should. Happy day Sarah.

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  10. We visited this museum a few years ago. Fun to see the old cars polished and spiffy like brand new! I wouldn't refuse that 1958 Corvette . . .

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  11. What a cool museum! I'm not a car enthusiast, either, but I think I would enjoy this. You did great with the lens you have - fun photos!

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