In 1933 the Sayers & Scovill Co. of Cincinnati, Ohio and The Eureka Co. of Rock Falls, Illinois, introduced a daring new departure in funeral car design. This stunning, semi-streamlined new hearse design featured richly-carved imitation drapery panels—complete with folds, fringes, tassels and tieback cords—on the sides and rear of the car.
Walter M. P. McCall is one of the most widely known and respected fire apparatus historians and authors in North America. In addition to his highly regarded American Fire Engines Since 1900 – still considered the “bible” of the old fire engine hobby -- Walt McCall has authored ten Iconografix fire apparatus and professional car books including the landmark Encyclopedia Of American Fire Engine Builders. Walt served as Editor of Enjine! Enjine!, the quarterly magazine of the Society for the Preservation and Appreciation of Antique Motor Fire Apparatus in America (SPAAMFAA) for 25 years and edited The Visiting Fireman, the annual international directory of fire buffs for nine years. McCall has also written numerous articles for fire service and antique vehicle publications and newsletters in the United States and Canada.
Thomas A. McPherson's byline is well known to most professional car enthusiasts. Because he has been documenting the history of the professional car industry and its products for many years, he is considered by many to be the leading authority in the field. A life-long car buff, Tom has been collecting automotive literature since the 1950s, has held product information and public relations positions with the Canadian subsidiaries of Fiat/Lancia, DaimlerChrysler, Hyundai and Audi, has co-authored a few books on funeral cars & hearses, as well as self-published 3 hefty books on his own – Flxible, Eureka and Superior.