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Post  hingeman on Wed Apr 22, 2015 12:42 am

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It must have been hard raising a family with three boys in the sixties but when dad got hurt and required surgery, Mom stepped up to the plate and got a job at Cox in Santa Ana, Ca. (which was only a few miles from the house) to help with the bills. I'm not sure what she did there or even how long she worked there (I was about 10 and she's not around to ask anymore Sad ) but what I do know is that every time Cox came out with a new airplane or car, all the employees got to bring one home!
A few weeks ago I got the urge to see what was left so I climbed up into the attic to find out. They were covered in dust and baked on castor oil and most of the engines were froze up as well. You have to realize that #1) They are 50 plus years old, #2) They survived 3 different moves and one was to Arkansas and back, and #3) They have been in my scorching hot attic for 35 years!  As you can imagine, the Curtiss Pusher took the biggest hits. It's still missing some parts that I haven't been able to find. The Comanche has a broken wing tip, the Spook plastic film shrunk from the heat and pulled away from the glue, the Mercedes front shock mounts are broken and need repair and well, you get the picture. I'm still looking for my PeeWee tie clasp that I was so proud to wear to church. We weren't the kind of kids that kept them in the box and collected them, we used the heck out of them, had so much fun and created great family memories. Here's some pics of how they turned out.
Thanks Mom for everything.        Rest in Paradise.......                 Elsie Marie Haller (1921-2009)
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Post  pkrankow on Wed Apr 22, 2015 7:49 am

Happy memories are wonderful.

Clean those up so you can enjoy them more!

Phil
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Post  RknRusty on Wed Apr 22, 2015 11:21 am

Thanks for posting and showing us some of your treasures.
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Post  stuntflyr on Wed Apr 22, 2015 11:47 am

That's awesome, thanks for the pictures and the reference to your mom!
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Post  getback on Thu Apr 23, 2015 7:34 am

Thanks for posting hingeman , that's cool you still have your old toys from back then. WOW to get a new model ever time they came out must have been a real blessing , that's a job you wouldn't want Mom to quit . Small Cox Logo
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Post  Bill steklenski on Wed Apr 29, 2015 5:46 pm

Congratulations on Sharing your story and collection with this site, Its always great to see More hobbyists come together. I have Original Cox Communique Company newsletters from Glen Bolton who worked for the company, I will look thru them to see if your mom was Photographed. I do have a Catalog that was Autographed by Mary Varela, Maybe she worked with your Mom. Having over 750 Employees at one time must have made it One Wonderfull Company. Seeing that your out in California, try to look up Dan Sitter, He has a Multitude of info of the Cox Company.
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Post  hingeman on Sat May 02, 2015 12:37 am

Bill steklenski wrote:            Congratulations on Sharing your story and collection with this site, Its always great to see More hobbyists come together. I have Original Cox Communique Company newsletters from Glen Bolton who worked for the company, I will look thru them to see if your mom was Photographed. I do have a Catalog that was Autographed by Mary Varela, Maybe she worked with your Mom. Having over 750 Employees at one time must have made it One Wonderful Company. Seeing that your out in California, try to look up Dan Sitter, He has a Multitude of info of the Cox Company.

I really wish I would have paid more attention back then but I was only 10 years old (give or take). It's sad how I come up with questions later on in life that I want to ask them (Mom & Dad). EXCUSE ME!!! I have a question! HELLO?   Scott    
R.I.P.        Mom & Dad
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Post  Texanflyer on Mon May 04, 2015 5:08 pm

That's a great tribute and a great collection. Thumbs Up
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