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50's Stuff
Miscellaneous boats and related goodies from the 1950s

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Paul Moneski has contributed a number of items over the past year on his favorite boat company.  He has now gotten together with 2 of the 3 founders and has a video interview to be replicated for distribution.  We will shortly gather all of Paul's Whirlwind contributions that are scattered around the site and combine them into a special section in this wing of the Museum.  Thanks, Paul!   Here's his latest:

Knights of the rectangular tablePaul writes:
On May the first of this year, we all sat at King Arthur's round table having an interesting interview of Ed Hewitt and Charlie Abramo.  Going from right to left is Robert Wagoner, Charlie Abramo, Ed Hewitt, Dave Wagoner, and yours truly, me.  Later that day, we video taped these distinguished gentlemen at Charlie's home in Timonium, Maryland, while they reminisced about the history of their company.  These very interesting videos, especially for all of us history buffs, will be available at a later date.  I'll keep you informed as to when they will become available.           Signing off, this is not Hugh Downs -- or Babwa Walters.

Charlie Abramo and Ed HewittRichard, Of the two distinguished young gentlemen in this picture, the one on the right is Ed Hewitt, and the other, shorter hombre is Charlie Abramo.  These gentlemen are two of the original three co-founders of the famous Whirlwind Boat Company of Cockeysville, Maryland.  You would never know to look at them and talk with them that Ed is 84 years young and Charlie is 85 years young.  I should look so good at 30!




POWER Pictorial article from 1948
(OK, its not 50's stuff but this is where the Fifties started for Whirlwind!)
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POWER Pictorial article

Mr. Curator,  The attached article is from the November 1948 edition of Power Pictorial, published by the Consolidated Gas Electric Light and Power Company of Baltimore.  The article contains a couple of inaccuracies, the most obvious of which being references throughout to Charlie Abramo as C. A. Abrams, and the other being the mention of W. S. Carter as a principal.  Mr. Carter was never a principle, although he was employed for a short time as a sales representative.  (Even back then, what the world needed more of was love, proofreading and erasers.) With these two exceptions, the article seems to be historically accurate.

        As you can see, Ed Hewitt's picture appears near the beginning of the article.  Less obvious is the appearance of Charlie Abramo in insert number 2 (back to the camera).  Not only is he supervising one of the planers and production, but he's also displaying his Adams Hat and custom-fitted designer plaid shirt.      Mo & the Missus

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