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Posted January 01, 2013 - 08:15 PM

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Posted January 01, 2013 - 09:01 PM

Where do you find all these cool Document Photos?



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Posted January 01, 2013 - 09:44 PM

Where do you find all these cool Document Photos?

 

 

One is offline and the other two are out of The Bolens Story a book I got off Ebay.


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Posted January 02, 2013 - 05:35 AM

Cool photos.



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Posted January 02, 2013 - 06:10 AM

I wonder if Bolens did any defense work at that factory during WW2. It is sad that they are no longer in business. It seems only very large diversified companies can survive in this business. The cheap JD in the picture is an apt symbol of what happened to the entire GT industry.



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Posted January 02, 2013 - 06:28 PM

I wonder if Bolens did any defense work at that factory during WW2. It is sad that they are no longer in business. It seems only very large diversified companies can survive in this business. The cheap JD in the picture is an apt symbol of what happened to the entire GT industry.

 

 

Funny you ask that. :D

 

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Posted January 02, 2013 - 07:58 PM

So... Do you know where copies of this book can be purchased?

I know I've seen them on ebay every so often....



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Posted January 02, 2013 - 09:24 PM

So... Do you know where copies of this book can be purchased?

I know I've seen them on ebay every so often....

 

I only know of buying them off ebay.



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Posted June 17, 2013 - 12:57 PM

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We can try and recreate this: :thumbs:

Yes, that would be awesome, If i could i'd bring my 770



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Posted October 26, 2014 - 10:03 AM

I have more to upload later.

 

Factory 2.JPG Factory One.JPG


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Posted October 26, 2014 - 06:20 PM

Hi: 

Looked at the Bolens factory on Google.  Remember going in the Parts Department door which is to the left of the Semi Trailer in the Pic.  Once in a while I would go down the hall towards the office as there was a room where new product would sometimes be displayed.

 

After my truck was loaded, I would drive past the main entrance shown to the next intersection and turn right.  Go over the railroad tracks and turn right again.  The sign in front of this building, read Simplicity Manufacturing.  The factories were back to back until Simplicity built a new factory a short distance away.

 

I was 16 at the time, always went to Harrys Restaurant which was located downtown.  Then I went to R.L. Ryerson on Port Washington Rd in Milwaukee to pick up Toro Mowers, Engine Powers Inc, Wisconsin Engine parts, and Wisconsin Magneto for Briggs Parts.  Wi Magneto was located downtown in Milwaukee. Had to drive down Wisconsin Avenue to get back on the highway.

 

Great memories for this 70 yr old.

 

Mike


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Posted October 26, 2014 - 07:52 PM

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Posted October 26, 2014 - 09:08 PM

The Bolens Story,that was put out by the Vintage Garden Tractor Club of America in 2006. Don't know if any are still circulating or not.



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Posted October 29, 2014 - 09:14 PM

Hey, isn't Port Washington the place where the ferry comes in that runs between Michigan and Wisconsin? Maybe you could take your Bolens across the lake! :smile1:

 

There are two ferries between Wisconsin and Michigan.  The S.S. Badger goes between Manitowoc, WI (~60 Miles north of Port Washington) and Ludington, MI.  The Lake Express goes between Milwaukee (~20 miles south of Port Washington) and Muskegon, MI.  They do a lot of Charter Fishing out of Port Washington, but not much shipping.  As a kid I think I remember coal being delivered to the power plant via ship but that's about it.  They do put on a few good festivals there each summer, such as Fish Days.  It can get a little out of control.....other than that, it's fairly quiet.






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