Vermont Furniture Co. - 1910s-1950s - Winooski, Vermont


Noted Boston wood-carver Albert H. Whittekind hand-carved a beautiful 8-column glass and carved panel  children's hearse in that still exists and is mounted on a 1927 1/2 ton Graham Brother's chassis. The owner's, Don & Linda Cole told TPC that Whittekind took two years to carve it.

The Professional Car, Issue #64 Second Quarter 1992


Albert Whittekind was a master woodcarver whose intricate designs adorn many Burlington Vermont buildings inside and out.  Coming to the area in 1886 to carve the elaborate interior of Billings library, he stayed on for the rest of his long career, making his home in Winooski until his death in 1943.  In the Billings Library he executed the ornate overmantel panel above the hearth in the great hall, the boar's head above the entrance door, and the floral ornament on the soaring hammerbeams of the reading room.

Whittekind carved exterior and interior designs for the Edward Wells mansion (now Delta Psi), including the two gable ends of the porte-cochere for which he devised romantic mythological treatments including masks with flowing floral moustaches, one smiling to greet visitors and the other frowning to see them depart.

The mask and the moustache motif became a signature of Whittekind's work on many other commissions in Burlington.  His carving can be seen on houses at 282 Pearl Street, 373 and 384 College Street, and 10, 41 and 301 South Willard, as well as the courthouse at the corner of Church and Main Streets.



For more information please read:

The Professional Car, Issue #64 Second Quarter 1992

The Professional Car (Quarterly Journal of the Professional Car Society)

Gregg D. Merksamer - Professional Cars: Ambulances, Funeral Cars and Flower Cars

Thomas A. McPherson - American Funeral Cars & Ambulances Since 1900

Carriage Museum of America - Horse-Drawn Funeral Vehicles: 19th Century Funerals

Carriage Museum of America -  Horse Drawn - Military, Civilian, Veterinary - Ambulances

Gunter-Michael Koch - Bestattungswagen im Wandel der Zeit

Walt McCall & Tom McPherson - Classic American Ambulances 1900-1979: Photo Archive

Walt McCall & Tom McPherson - Classic American Funeral Vehicles 1900-1980 Photo Archive

Walter M. P. McCall - The American Ambulance 1900-2002

Walter M.P. McCall - American Funeral Vehicles 1883-2003

Michael L. Bromley & Tom Mazza - Stretching It: The Story of the Limousine

Richard J. Conjalka - Classic American Limousines: 1955 Through 2000 Photo Archive

Richard J. Conjalka - Stretch Limousines 1928-2001 Photo Archive

Thomas A. McPherson - Eureka: The Eureka Company: a complete history

Thomas A. McPherson - Superior: The complete history

Thomas A. McPherson - Flxible: The Complete History

Thomas A. McPherson - Miller-Meteor: The Complete History

Robert R. Ebert  - Flxible: A History of the Bus and the Company

Hearses - Automobile Quarterly Vol 36 No 3

Marian Suman-Hreblay - Dictionary of World Coachbuilders and Car Stylists

Daniel D. Hutchins - Wheels Across America: Carriage Art & Craftsmanship

Marian Suman-Hreblay - Dictionary of World Coachbuilders and Car Stylists

Michael Lamm and Dave Holls - A Century of Automotive Style: 100 Years of American Car Design

Nick Georgano - The Beaulieu Encyclopedia of the Automobile: Coachbuilding

Marian Suman-Hreblay - Automobile Manufacturers Worldwide Registry

G.N. Georgano & G. Marshall Naul - The Complete Encyclopedia of Commercial Vehicles

Albert Mroz - Illustrated Encyclopedia of American Trucks & Commercial Vehicles

Beverly Rae Kimes & Henry Austin Clark Jr. - Standard Catalog of American Cars 1805-1942

John Gunnell - Standard Catalog of American Cars, 1946-1975

James M. Flammang & Ron Kowalke - Standard Catalog of American Cars, 1976-1999

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