Odds & Ends

Just some random pictures and information.

Bonzo the dog with 1924 Pup 1 tube radio,  Crosley's answer to Nipper the RCA dog. More Info

1937 CRAD, the prototype for the 39 Crosley. It had a rear tread of 18 inches to eliminate the need for a differential. Built by the Crosley Radio Auto Division.

This is the Crosley Lady, she was sold in the 20's to put on display with Crosley radios to give a home atmosphere. She measures 3 foot tall and has Crosley Embossed cross the back bottom edge of the chair.  Check out the Crosley Lady web site.

Crosley Radio built for Coke in 1933.  See The Coke Radio site.

10HP PreWar inboard Marine engine.  Crosley got in the boat motor buisness earlier than suspected.

Crosley IcyBall - a refrigerator with out a continuous source of power.

The IcyBall is an intermittent heat absorption type of refrigerator. A water/ammonia mixture is used as the refrigerant . Water and ammonia combine easily. So, they combine in the hot ball at room temperature.

The hot ball is heated for about 90 minutes once a day to keep your refrigerator cabinet cold.

More info

The Panda was produced around 1955, with a Crosley engine as one of it's options. It was produced in Kansas City , MO by Small Cars Inc.

Reference to Panda development showed up in the 1955 and 1956 CCOC newsletters.  Here is a reference to a Wagon version, that apparently never went very far.  Here is the first photos and article of the prototype.  By 1956 the dream was over and the shutting down was described.

According to 9/3/98 Old Cars the company was started in 1955 by Finn Hudson, but only 1 prototype was made in 1956. The last time the prototype was seen was in 1974 in a private collection. It is likely still around.

I also heard rumors of the Panda showing up at an Auto Auction in the late 80s early 90s.

Anyone know any more info.

Don Kline sent the picture above, of him at age 15 driving the Panda in 1957. Below is his addition to the Panda story.

"My Father purchased all of the inventory from Small Cars Inc. in 1957 and gave me the Panda automobile for my 15th birthday. It had a yellow fiberglass body and a red interior. The frame and running gear was all Crosley. I noticed that you indicated that the Crosley engine was an option. The only way that it was going to be manufactured was with the Crosley engine, transmission, rear end, brakes and frame. They had another car that they were going to manufacture with a rear transaxle and air cooled engine that I thought was going to be the Panda Jr."

"We sold the Panda around 1960 and I saw it on the road in Kansas City about 1964 for the last time. My father passed away in 1991 and that closed the door on any other information.

"At one time we had the fiberglass molds and all the parts for 10 of them but nothing was done with them. The parts were sold at auction in 1992. I believe we may have the plans and molds for the aluminum trans-axle Panda Jr. if they were not thrown out in our last warehouse clean up."

Don Kline May 2000

By January, 1921, Powel and Lewis Crosley were well established in the mail-order auto accessories business with the American Automobile Accessories Company.  Concerned over seasonal slumps in the market, Powel came up with the idea of manufacturing and selling phonographs, under the trade name "Amerinola."  Within a month of their first advertisement, they had to change the name to "Marion" (Lewis' middle name and the name of a favorite uncle) because of confusion a phonograph called the "Americanola."  Thus, an Amerinola is a truly rare item. - Mike Banks

The 1939 Crosley body panels were stamped out by the Murray Corporation of America (originally the Murray Body Corporation).  Murray, which had a history of making bodies for Ford, Lincoln, and other big names, later became the world's largest manufacturer of pedal cars for children. - Mike Banks

Crosley jokes from Earl Wilson's newspaper column for November 30, 1947, in which he noted out that several were recycled Model T Ford jokes.  He also said that when he went for a ride in a Crosley with Powel, the latter said he didn't mind the jokes because they were free publicity.

• You don’t  just order a Crosley now—you get fitted for one.
• A woman went into Macy’s, where they sell the car, to get a Crosley for her husband.  “Yes, madam,” the salesman said, “what sleeve length?”
• A Crosley’s so convenient you don’t park it—you wear it at the end of your watch chain.
• A Broadway wolf grumbled, “I want to take my girl out in my car to neck.  Now I take her out of my car to neck.”
• They swear at Macy’s that a customer ordered two Crosleys for birthday gifts and asked  that they be delivered at certain doorsteps wrapped in cellophane.
• If you have a Crosley and also have a chauffer, where does the chauffer sit?  At home, probably.
• “You can’t buy a Crosley under the table but you can keep it under the table.
• A Crosley’s easy to park—put it in the kitchen cabinet with the other tinware.
• If a Crosley (Ford) hogs the road, don’t go around it, go over it.
--Mike Banks

The sale of the contents of the Crosley Motors Plant #1 at 2530 Spring Grove Avenue Cincinnati, Ohio. This was probably after AeroJet stopped engine production.  From the June 18, 1955 edition of the Lima News and the Cincinnati Post, et al. (Mike Banks)

President Eisenhower's Crosley
Caption says it was custom made for the President. Not sure of the time table when Ike owned this Crosley.

Last I heard the car was still at the Eisenhower farm in PA.

Crosley Xervac

A rare Crosley patented and marketed, medical device.

The Xervac is a machine that was to enhance hair growth. It used a helmet and a vacuum pump to apply suction to the scalp to stimulate hair growth. The Xervac was invented to apply into practice the theory of Dr. Andre' A. Cueto.

It has been reported that Powel Crosley used his every day.

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