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Antique Popcorn Machines

Early on, we had two antiques - the Cretors Model TT truck and the Cretors 1899 No. 1 Wagon.  They were restored by Bob Pearson, who is the imminent restorer of Cretors equipment in the United States. We also had some work done on Holcomb & Hoke machines by Roy Arrington of Victorian Casino Antiques in Las Vegas, Nevada. All the other restoration work had been done by Wyandot Popcorn Museum's own craftsman. Initially it was Joe Clark, a former Wyandot Popcorn plant manager. His work was supplemented by Vic Stover, who was then the maintenance manager at Wyandot. Mr. Haverstock, a retired Central Soya maintenance manager, also completed early restorations. Dick Wells and Kathy Lothes did restoration work on the Dunbar wagon from Paul Newman. Currently our highly skilled restorer is Warren Levings, who is retired from Wyandot, Inc. maintenance department. We are never satisfied until they look identical or better than they did when they came off the factory floor. Early antiques were nickel-plated over copper. We do not chrome any or our antiques because it is not the proper way to restore them.  All of our ten steam engines operate on compressed air for demonstrations.  We chose this method because firing them would not only cause discoloration, but also cause a fire hazard.

The display currently includes Advance, Air-Popt, Bartholomew, Burch, Cretors, Dunbar, Emerson Brothers, Excel, Holcomb & Hoke, Kingery, Long, Long-Eakin, Manley, Olsen, Star, and Stutsman antiques.

 

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