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Posted September 27, 2014 - 08:51 PM

I got some nice collectibles  on ebay over the last couple weeks,I think the plaques will look nice hanging over the desk area in the house,I'm very happy to have found them,the seller was nice enough to throw in some extras too,I'll snap a pic of the dealer t-shirt and post it later,I haven't seen many nice oil cans lately,this one was in pretty nice shape,paid a little more than I should have maybe but sometimes you have to do it

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Posted September 27, 2014 - 09:43 PM

Neat find!


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Posted September 27, 2014 - 10:42 PM

Those look great!
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Posted September 27, 2014 - 11:29 PM

Very nice Rick, looks great.
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Posted September 28, 2014 - 12:00 AM

Good buys there!


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Posted September 28, 2014 - 04:55 AM

Very nice. I'm still amazed at the amount of Bolens collectables that are out there. The fact that that would even go to the trouble of making those unit award  plaques really speaks highly about their relationship with dealers. 


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Posted September 28, 2014 - 05:25 AM

Nice score!


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Posted September 28, 2014 - 08:59 AM

Ya,even made out of wood,not the plastic junk of today



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Posted September 28, 2014 - 06:06 PM

Very nice collectibles, nice find.


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Posted September 29, 2014 - 05:47 AM

Nice stuff Rick, Glad you got them. I was bidding on a few of them.

 

Bolens Definitely had a great sales and marketing team that rewarded dealers for their outstanding sales.

The awards are from the late 70's and the scraper and calender is from the late 80's


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Posted September 29, 2014 - 08:31 AM

I don't know if you are aware of this, Rick, but Walter A. Smith was a Bolens dealer on Rte 611 in Riegelsville, PA.

 

My Dad (also a Bolens dealer) knew Walt, and would visit him when in the area. 

 

Walt died, and his wife, Patty, eventually sold off all of the parts & equipment.


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Posted September 29, 2014 - 09:51 AM

Was he a Large Dealer Bruce?

He seemed to have accumulated quite a bit of Bolens memorbilia and Awards. I got a plaque and Bolens Jacket from the same shop about a month ago.


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Posted September 29, 2014 - 11:12 AM

Was he a Large Dealer Bruce?

He seemed to have accumulated quite a bit of Bolens memorbilia and Awards. I got a plaque and Bolens Jacket from the same shop about a month ago.

 

I know that dealership existed for much of the tube-frame era (1960's & '70's), but I don't know if it was a Bolens dealer before then.

 

His building was not very large, and was set back far from the road.   ....Much of the equipment was stored outdoors, or possibly at another location.  ....The property is now used by a landscape/nursery company.

 

The selling area was a good one.  ....It is a semi-suburban area with properties having 2-20 acres.  ....There were no other Bolens dealers nearby.

 

In those times (mid-1960's to 1980's) plaques and awards were usually presented by distributors.  ....Some distributors were more generous than others.   ....Some of the Bolens "trinkets" may have been handed out by the distributor's salesmen.

 

I can't speak for the whole country, but my dad was buying directly from the factory in the 1950's and early 1960's.  ....The guy that called on us was the factory rep.  .....At some time in the 1960's, we could no longer buy factory-direct, as Bolens set up a distributor network, so we were required to get our parts and equipment through a specified distributor.  ....Each distributor had a specified "territory".  ....The dealer could not chose which distributor he wanted to deal with.

 

Of course, with the distributor now as a "middle-man", the profit to the dealer was cut significantly.  ....The factory's gain was that they now had fewer accounts to deal with, and could  put pressure on distributors to stock more inventory, set-up new dealers, and provide salesmen to call on dealers.

 

The distributor we were assigned to was Stull Equipment Company based in West Chester, PA.  .....I do not know how large a territory Stull covered, or how many on-the-road salespeople were employed at the same time.  .....Each salesman would have a specified territory -  not all dealers under one distributorship would have the same salesman.


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Posted September 29, 2014 - 03:13 PM

Thanks that makes sense, the plaque I have says "Stull Equipment" presented to Walter A. Smith .


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Posted September 29, 2014 - 05:00 PM

Wow !!!!!!!! Thanks for the info,wasn't aware of that set up Bolens did,I thought the dealers could go to any suppler,I didn't know Walter had died,the emails I have been getting have Patties signature,now I know why,again, Thanks for the info






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