So many great things happening here at the Model T Museum that it's hard to keep up! Last week Tony Wiltshire, Jim Roof, Dick Howard (Indy 500 chapter) and Jerry Kramer (Henry's Hoosiers chapter) installed the beautiful stained glass window that had been donated to the Museum in 2011.
Ken Keesee from Anaheim, CA donated the beautiful piece of art that had been on display for over 30 years in his business, the Keesee Tank Co. Mr. Keesee passed away in 2015, but his generous donation lives on here at the Museum.
The stained glass had been in storage since 2011. Tony Wiltshire built the frame, stabilized the glass, and illuminated it so it could be a showcase item. These hardworking guys worked 2 days to install and wire it for electricity. Thanks to all for your efforts, it's a fabulous addition to the Museum. Thanks also to Jamie Maxwell for bringing the scaffolding.
Thank you for the update and all you are doing. And thank you to Tony Wiltshire, Jim Roof, Dick Howard and Jerry Kramer for making it happen. And we are sorry that Ken Keesee is no longer with us so he could see it hanging there.
And thank you also to the members of the Indy 500, Henry’s Hoosiers, and Southwest Ohio Chapters that did and are doing so much to get the Museum, Museum Annex & Vintage Garage ready for the Homecoming Saturday, Jun 3 (see photos at the posting at: http://www.mtfca.com/discus/messages/708324/731577.html?1488416910 ) We are blessed that so many do what they can to help the museum, our club and our hobby. Thanks to everyone for their support!
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Thank you gentlemen for your time and efforts for the club!
And thanks for the update Susan!
Thank you to everyone who helped on this. I can't wait to see it in person, but it will probably have to wait until the Homecoming on June 3rd.....but you can bet that I'll be there!!!
Is the stained glass winged pyramid sign an original T-era piece of advertising ?
No Burger, according to the paperwork we have, Mr Keesee had it made in approximately 1980 to hang in the entrance to his business. It certainly looks original to the T-era though!
Thanks for the reply, Susan. Can you tell me if the lettering etched or cut
into the blue glass ?
The whole thing looks to have been very well done.
Took photo this morning as close as I could get. It doesn't look to me like the "Ford" and "Universal Car" text are etched because the yellowish background is there. I'm not knowledgeable enough about stained glass to know what that technique is. Maybe you can tell by these photos. But it really is a quality piece of stained glass.
Back when stained glass was more popular (Victorian era and a little
beyond) it was not uncommon to see colored glass known as "flashed"
that was a clear sheet with a colored glass blown over one side. It looked
like any normal colored glass until someone laid a template over it and
sandblasted the color away, revealing letters and designs like we see on
this work, or the same could be achieved with grinding wheels and polishing.
I would give Mr. Keesee much kudos for doing this one period correct