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Discussion in 'Serial Number Search' started by T od Browning, Jun 8, 2010.

  1. T od Browning

    T od Browning New Member

    This canoe has the following number 134721 18

    Any details including original color?

    Thanks
     
  2. Benson Gray

    Benson Gray Canoe History Enthusiast Staff Member

    The Old Town canoe with serial number 134721 is an 18 foot long, AA (or top) grade, Otca model with open mahogany gunwales, mahogany trim, half ribs, a keel, and a bang plate along the full length of the keel. It was built between February and June, 1942. The original exterior paint color was white with red and blue triangles as shown at http://forums.wcha.org/attachment.php?attachmentid=11048&d=1275879271 and know as design number four. A semi circle containing two inch block letters that spelled "Toady" was added above the Indian design on the right and left bow similar to a sketch that was provided. It was shipped on June 10th, 1942 to Bridgeport, Conn. A scan of this build record can be found by following the link at the attached thumbnail image below.

    This scan and several hundred thousand others were created with substantial grants from the Wooden Canoe Heritage Association (WCHA) and others. A description of the project to preserve these records is available at http://www.wcha.org/ot_records/ if you want more details. I hope that you will join or renew your membership to the WCHA so that services like this can continue. See http://www.wcha.org/wcha/ to learn more about the WCHA and http://www.wcha.org/join.php to join.

    It is also possible that they could have another number or manufacturer if this description don't match your canoe. Feel free to reply here if you have any other questions.

    Benson
     

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  3. Kathryn Klos

    Kathryn Klos squirrel whisperer

    Not originally yellow...

    If this is the correct record for your canoe, it wasn't originally yellow... but was a little more exciting. Would be nice if you had an old picture.

    Old Town 134721 is an 18 foot AA (top) grade Otca model canoe that was finished during February to June of 1942. It has open mahogany gunwales, mahogany decks, thwarts, and seat frames, half ribs, and a keel with full length bang plate. Originally, it was pained design #4 (see attached, from "The Complete Old Town Canoe Company Catalog Collection, 1901- 1993", available on CD from http://www.wcha.org/catalog/ and http://www.dragonflycanoe.com/cdrom.htm on the web.) with the following notation made regarding that design, "Toady to sketch just above Indian design in semi-circle 2" block letters on right and left bow". It's unclear to me if the name "Toady" is what was printed in block letters, or if I'm even reading that word right.... but this is something that was done on special-order for your canoe.

    The canoe was shipped to Rider, Hayes Co. of Bridgeport, Connecticut on June 10, 1942. The scan of this record is attached below-- click on it to get a larger image.

    This scan and several hundred thousand others were created with substantial grants from the Wooden Canoe Heritage Association (WCHA) and others. A description of the project to preserve these records is available at http://www.wcha.org/ot_records/ if you want more details. I hope that you and anyone else reading this will join or renew membership in the WCHA so that services like this can continue. See http://www.wcha.org/wcha/ to learn more about the WCHA and http://www.wcha.org/join.php to renew.

    It is also possible that you could have another number or manufacturer if this description doesn't match your canoe. Feel free to reply here if you have any other questions.

    Kathy
     

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  4. Kathryn Klos

    Kathryn Klos squirrel whisperer

    Double the info, double the knowledge...

    ... or something like that. I like knowing I wasn't the only one seeing "Toady"!
     
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    T od Browning

    T od Browning New Member

    Thanks for the info.

    After some research I found, and chose to believe, the origin of why Toady was painted on the canoe.
    Rather than the negative common definition there was an English book published in 1935 called The Box Of Delights where in one scene the character passes through time in a warp speed wooden canoe named Toady.
     

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