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I know it sounds kind of funny that I was reading about Maybelline on the Internet, during working hours, but I assure you that I was there because I was tipped o.ff that there were period photos of a 1934 Packard Dietrich-bodied individual custom sport sedan, and it didn't have sidemounted spare tires. Of the.four built, only three are known to exist, and just one of them has the rear-

A missing Paige from Maybellineos book I'd like to bring

you up to date on the prog-

ress made researching

the historv of our I 911 -l Paige Brobklands. Af-

ter you notified me of

the Maybelline website

blog that had a photo

of a car like mine,

acquired the book, The


Maybelline Story, by Sharrie Williams. She

mounted spare... The Chicago World s Fair "Car of the Dome" owned by premier Packard collector Bob Bahre. I cluickly notified

is the great-niece of
Maybelline's founder,

Tom Lyle Williams,

and was my initial conseveral conversations

Antique Automobile contributing editor Jeff Orwig, Mr Bahre s curato4 and asked him if this was their car Long story short, he was heavily involved in the restoration of two of the cars, and knows of several differences. He decided that the Maybelline car
was the missing car.

I have also had with the book's publisher, Bettie Youngs, who
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known the family for more than two decades.


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Included in the fea" o'*{ ture story done on mv * *q&

car (September/October 2009 issue) was an historical photo of

it with two women sit-

ting in it. As

it turns out,, Youngs has posi-

tively identified the

lady in the driver's seat as Mabel Williams, Tom Lyle's older sister for whom he named the company. It was Mabel that had accidentally burned off her eyelashes on an oven. She used Vaseline and ash to give some restoration, giving Tom Lyle the idea for his product. The rest is, as they say, history.

Further perusing the Maybelline blog, I noticed several photos of another Packard that looked familiali a custom-bodied 1940 model owned by good friends Bill & JoEllen Snyder in Orange, California. I casually sent the link to their son, Steve, and he was astonished. JVot only had they never seen the photos be.fore, but they never knew the correct history of the car For that story, see page 54 of this issue. The blog kept getting more and more interesting with all of the photos of automobiles that Tbm Lyle Wlliams owned (Maybellinebook.com), and that s when I spotted the 1917 Paige with the unique speedster/phaeton body. I have to tell you, it was .fun and rewarding to have had a part in reuniting "the rest of the story" to both these cars and otuners West Peterson, Editor

Suicide doors
Whv and when did the term suicide doors come into the vernacular of automobiles?
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The term refers to doors that are hinged at the rear and open in

Williams became very rich at a very young age. When he felt financially secure, he was determined to buy a car that would more
than rival the Packard that a friend's father owned. He took the train

to Detroit and visited the Paige automobile factory, builders of "The Most Beautiful Car in Amerrca." Tom Lyle would have preferred a

front, making them somewhat dangerous if opened while a car

with the Hollywood set of the era and that he so much admired, but in reality, a very impractical car. He needed
speedster, so popular enough room to also take his friends, so he designed his car to have the look of the two-passenger speedsters that could easily transform

into a four-passenger car. The Paige was his first car and he had "great aftbction" for it. He went on to have more custom-bodied
cars, and gave the Paige to his sister, Mabel.

This explains *hy, in all my searching, I could not find any production numbers for the Brooklands. I thought I'd never know the car's history from the beginning. Thanks to West Peterson, now I do and it is quite exciting.

I think the term is used because some "fird that it sounds sinister in a cool sort o.f way. I'm not exactly sure when the term became so popular but I think it was around the time the 196l Lincoln Continentals came out with the rear doors hinged at the rear When that car was introduced, it had been quite some time since doors opened _fro* the.front and a younger generation of the period may not have known how common they once were. Before WWII, a majority offour-door automobile doors opened with that configuration, and before 1934, many.front doors on automobiles also opened that way (especially custom-bodied automobiles). In my opinion, the term is cliche, contemptuous and does nothing to enhance the description of a car, therefore, I never use the term.
is moving.


West Peterson, Editor


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