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  • Allen Organ Company delivery truck model on ebay

    I have to laugh every time one of the"1931 Hawkeye Motor Truck" Allen Organ Company banks is posted for sale on ebay. Jerome Markowitz was born in 1917 and while he founded Allen in 1937, at age 20, the company didn't really get going until after World War 2. And the company moved from Allentown to Macungie (the location printed on the model truck) in 1953, so that would have been a 23 year old delivery truck by then.

    I sometimes wonder why ERTL, the manufacturer of the model, decided to put AOC on this vintage truck model. Does anyone think this was inspired by reality or was it a chance connection between ERTL and Allen?
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    Larry is my name; Allen is an organ brand. Allen RMWTHEA.3 with RMI Electra-Piano; Allen 423-C+Gyro; Britson Opus OEM38; Steinway AR Duo-Art 7' grand piano, Mills Violano Virtuoso with MIDI; Hammond 9812H with roll player; Roland E-200; Mason&Hamlin AR Ampico grand piano, Allen ADC-5300-D with MIDI, Allen MADC-2110.

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    When I lived around Chicago, I'd drive to NE Iowa for holidays, etc., to see family that still lived (and lives) around there. On US 20, I would regularly pass by the Ertl company's factory, and seeing these always reminds me of those trips.

    I suspect Ertl did this for Allen as a promotional item, and not something they generally sold to the pulbic--i.e., just done for Allen. Just a guess.

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    • #3
      Maybe it was to give people a sense that the company had been around a while. And people are probably interested in something that looks different than modern trucks, or something that brings back memories.
      Allen 530A

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      • #4
        I remember these. Allen sold them in 1991. I know they were sold at the factory. I believe for 10 or 15 dollars each. I know they went fast at Allen. I have two of them. I know someone bought a case of them. I don't know if they sold them outside of the company though, maybe another forum member can answer that. If I recall correctly, it had been mentioned at Allen that the truck is similar to the first truck that Allen used to deliver organs. Don't quote me though, that was 28 years ago.

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        • #5
          Thanks for providing the context for this item. Now I know the rest of the story.
          Larry is my name; Allen is an organ brand. Allen RMWTHEA.3 with RMI Electra-Piano; Allen 423-C+Gyro; Britson Opus OEM38; Steinway AR Duo-Art 7' grand piano, Mills Violano Virtuoso with MIDI; Hammond 9812H with roll player; Roland E-200; Mason&Hamlin AR Ampico grand piano, Allen ADC-5300-D with MIDI, Allen MADC-2110.

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          • you795a
            you795a commented
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            I worked there for over 25 years and also have an autographed book Trials and Triumphs of an Organ Builder from Jerome Markowitz.

        • #6
          Would it even be unusual to be using a 25 year old delivery truck in 1953?

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          • AllenAnalog
            AllenAnalog commented
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            Knowing more history of that truck model and thinking about post WW2 shortages perhaps lingering further into the 1950s, I guess this wasn't as big of a disconnect in age as I first thought. Thanks everyone for your input.
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