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have what i think is an ot canoe.serial # 121648 18ft.any info would be greatly appreciated.thanks
Old Town 121648 is an 18 foot Guide model canoe finished in May and June of 1937. It has open spruce gunwales, oak decks, thwarts, and seat frames, and a keel. No grade is specified, but it isn't AA grade-- is either CS (common sense) or GS (guide special). Original color was dark green. The canoe was shipped to Lou J. Eppinger, Inc., in Detroit, MI, on June 28, 1937.

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If these specs don't match your canoe, we can try again!



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What's the difference between Common Sense and Guide Special?

The page below from the 1937 catalog describes the GS grade as having a tough paint as the finish coat on the canvas instead of varnish.



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