display sample collector
It's just soooooo much fun when someone calls 'out of the blue' and invites you to drop over to look at old time canoe memorabilia. And, it's especially exciting when that caller is a retired factory hand from way back when, who has a basement full of treasures and is willing to part with some.... for a price, of course! Here are a few things I came home with: a beautiful, mint condition double-bladed paddle with two great decals - Richardson Aquacraft and Lakefield Boats Limited (actually, the misspelled 'Lakfield' underneath the Chief, with the first 'e' missing); two very early Lakefield Canoe Co. Ltd. decals; a Rice Lake Canoe Co. thwart tag from Gore's landing (pre-1920); a half-dozen small Peterborough Canoe Co. shields with downhill skier (these were tacked to tops of wooden skis); and over 20 deck plates for Lakefield boats, from the time they were being built by Rilco Industries - 1965/66. I'm willing to part with most of the Peterborough shields; they are small, and made of stamped light metal - 1-1/2" by 15/16". Also making available most of the Lakefield Boats deck plates; the models all had native tribal names: Delaware, Navaho, Cree, Mohican, etc. They measure 1-3/4" by 3". Very reasonable. The rest I'm keeping for now.