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St. Didier Auto Accessories Catalog circa 1925, 380 Pages

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    Posted 6 years ago

    PhilDMorris
    (171 items)

    St. Didier Automobile Accessories Catalog circa 1925, 380 pages
    Advertised as 1920. From what I know now of St. Didiers, is that it was a massive warehouse judging from some of the photos inside.

    About two weeks ago I was looking in my books of mascot catalogs and I noticed that none of the authors had any full catalog pages of mascots from St. Didiers, which I had seen a few rare single mascots before . So finding this a few days later was a treasure.

    This catalog came to me from an auction in France, very hard to bid on so I left a large bid, but I got it at a very reasonable price as it was not advertised to the mascot collecting public. I got it yesterday and arrived in mail in very good wrapping from HOTEL DES VENTES DE NIMES in Paris.

    The catalog is all apart in pages looking very fragile, almost like holding a very thin damp or oily feeling cloth. So real care has to be given to each page moved or turned over. There is no bad smell to it and the front cover is missing. I could find no date, but I did not look long. The mascots contained and shown inside were what drew me to the lot.

    And so a fantasy begins, holding and searching something that no one in the collecting field has seen or touched in just under 100 years is beyond fantasy. Just seeing these pages with pieces not seen before by any collector's eyes is what every collector dreams of. I seen some wonderful things ! On the pages were some things like old radiator thermometers that were not in any books, save for a drawing. And wonderful mascots. I could not have hoped for a better rare catalog to find. The catalog rests now at the Book Binders down a block and a half from my home. When I was there I noticed at the very back of the pages I turned over the back hard cover and noticed that it was the original color cover in a nice art deco style which led me to believe it is later than 1920 and may be 1925, the best year for mascots. I had just scimmed through a few pages when, I took it there. The fantasy continues...

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    Comments

    1. NevadaBlades, 6 years ago
      Hey, wow, Phil, this is an incredible acquisition! Congrats!!! [;>)
    2. PhilDMorris PhilDMorris, 6 years ago
      Thanks NevadaBlades, something I never expected to find in a hundred years, though all I do now seems to be related to searching.
    3. Caperkid, 6 years ago
      How many mascots of this era are on the market these days Phil must be tough to find? Do you have one on a car ? Just wondering
      ROY.
    4. racer4four racer4four, 6 years ago
      Happy for you Phil!
    5. kyratango kyratango, 6 years ago
      It had to be yours! Congratulations for this nice find, you deserve it :-D
    6. PhilDMorris PhilDMorris, 6 years ago
      Hi Caperkid, no, do not keep an antique car just for sporting an old mascot. There are probably 5000 old mascots out there just designed in France. Hard to tell. Most never made it to the 21st century.
    7. PhilDMorris PhilDMorris, 6 years ago
      Thank you racer4four for the comment.
    8. PhilDMorris PhilDMorris, 6 years ago
      Thank you kyratango for the nice comment.
    9. Manikin Manikin, 6 years ago
      What a fantastic find and it is in the hands of the right person :-) xoxo
    10. Windwalker, 6 years ago
      Nice find Phil...looks like it found a good home ...smiling,.. have a good weekend..
    11. valentino97 valentino97, 6 years ago
      Love your post - I was with you excited too! What a great research addition to your collection.
    12. Celiene Celiene, 6 years ago
      I LOVE it! Old catalogs are the best! GREAT find! It needs to be digitized for prosterity!
    13. Celiene Celiene, 6 years ago
      Posterity...
    14. Pencil-necked-geek Pencil-necked-geek, 6 years ago
      Very very nice, indeed. Hope we get to see more page examples when it gets back from the hospital!
    15. PhilDMorris PhilDMorris, 5 years ago
      Thanks Mani for all the love, appreciation xo
    16. Trey Trey, 5 years ago
      What a Awesome find and priceless reference:)
    17. PhilDMorris PhilDMorris, 5 years ago
      Thank you Windwalker for the nice comment !
    18. courtenayantiques courtenayantiques, 5 years ago
      What a great find this is!
    19. Virginia.vintage Virginia.vintage, 5 years ago
      Stunning!
      The catalog was waiting for you all those years Phil!
    20. PhilDMorris PhilDMorris, 5 years ago
      Thank you valentino for the comment !~
    21. PhilDMorris PhilDMorris, 5 years ago
      Thanks Celiene for the love and comment !~
    22. PhilDMorris PhilDMorris, 5 years ago
      Thanks Pencilneckedgeek for the nice comment !~
    23. kyratango kyratango, 5 years ago
      Hi Phil, I think you have a mascot in this style, but can't find it...

      http://www.ebay.fr/itm/Vintage-sterling-silver-3-inch-brooch-winged-figure-hard-to-read-makers-marks-/222322543240?hash=item33c374ca88:g:E2QAAOSwcUBYM71z

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