Museum of Science and Industry Duesy?

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14 Jun 2006 06:48 #4960 by Chris Summers
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I've just returned from a visit to Chicago and the Museum of Science and Industry. While I was there (and looking at the pitiful leftovers of what was once a huge car collection), I read that they had once had (get ready for this one) a 1929 "Dussenberg." :rolleyes:<!-- s:lol: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_lol.gif" alt=":lol:" title="Laughing" /><!-- s:lol: -->
Does anyone know what the numbers were for that car? It might have been part of the Cameron Peck collection, since a lot of his cars went to the museum.

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15 Jun 2006 02:19 #4964 by Mike Dube
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Don't know the numbers, but it is a black Murphy convertible coupe, and has been on loan to the ACD museum the last few years. It was still there last Labor Day weekend.

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15 Jun 2006 02:32 #4966 by Chris Summers
Chris Summers replied the topic: I think I know that one...
Thanks, Mike. I went back to my last photos from Auburn and found it. #2223/J-200. Better off at Auburn, since the cars at MSI were pretty ratty--shame.

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19 Jun 2006 11:56 #4989 by ilikescars
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Hi: I always thought that the cars in the museum were pretty nice, considering that they are unrestored examples. Unmolested, as it were.

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19 Jun 2006 13:33 #4991 by Chris Summers
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Sorry, I may have been a bit harsh in my descriptions. I just wish the cars were a little better maintained, and that the museum had the funds to do so. (There were five quarters in the donation box when I visited. At the end of the day. I donated $5.)
Wouldn't it be wonderful if they could bring together all of the special show cars built for the 1933 Chicago World's Fair--Duesenberg Twenty Grand, Packard Car of the Dome, Pierce-Arrow Silver Arrow, etc., etc.? Imagine what an exhibit that would be!

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08 Sep 2006 07:01 #5375 by Duesey
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CMHSDuesy wrote: Sorry, I may have been a bit harsh in my descriptions. I just wish the cars were a little better maintained, and that the museum had the funds to do so. (There were five quarters in the donation box when I visited. At the end of the day. I donated $5.)
Wouldn't it be wonderful if they could bring together all of the special show cars built for the 1933 Chicago World's Fair--Duesenberg Twenty Grand, Packard Car of the Dome, Pierce-Arrow Silver Arrow, etc., etc.? Imagine what an exhibit that would be!

A lot of Chicago car guys are really disappointed by the Museum of Science and Industry's poor treatment of it's incredible car collection. The collection, which is very positively referred to in Floyd Clymer's 1954 book Those Wonderful Old Automobiles has been in storage for the last four years or so. Some of the cars have been loaned out and a handful are on display, such as a Cadillac V16 upstairs and a few cars forsaken in the corner of the basement (includng a Franklin Airman, a Rolls Royce Phantom I, and a Baker Electirc). The folks I know that are familar with the situation tell me that the museum downsized the people that were really pushing the car collection, and the current people on board don't care much for cars (I think an exhibit on video games in there in its place now, how our culture has fallen to such depravity!). Hopefully they will dust off the collection, which includes (among other things) a 1913 Mercer Raceabout and loads of Brass Era and Classic Era cars, and put it back on display.

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