Willis Courtesy Page
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Updated:  02 Feb 2015; 11:00  ET
[Created before 12 Feb 2001
(perhaps as far back as Jun 1996}]

[Ref:  This is willis.html  (URL http://sbiii.com/willis.html;
formerly http://home.att.net/~Berliner-Ultrasonics/willis.html)]


(since 1949)

new.gif   Willis has its own separate site and URL "http://www.willishobbies.com";

click HERE to visit it.

(but c'mon back, y'heah?)

This Courtesy Page is provided by S. Berliner, III
Consultant in Ultrasonic Processing

I (SB,III) bought my first brass locomotive from Willis founder, the late Karl Boehringer,
for a whole, whopping $7.50 ca. 1961.  Karl later took on an assistant, Al Ford,
who took over (with his wife, Peggy,
who ran a crafts department in back) and whose sons Steve and Ken
now run the business (and very well, indeed!).

Here she is (the loco, NOT Peggy), today, still cranking on her original brushes:

ca. 1960 Ken Kidder Convertible Tank Engine
(photo by and © 1999 S. Berliner, III - All rights reserved)

Note the price stamped on the original box ($10.75);
now THAT was a bargain for brass, even at full price!
By today's standards, at that deep discount, it's a miracle
(and a testimony to his outstanding service)
that Karl survived in the business!

For more on this engine, see my Model RR page 1.

Trains: LGB, Lionel, HO, N, Märklin HO & Z
Radio Controlled Cars, Boats, Planes
Rockets, Die-Cast Cars, and much more.

Willis moved:

They are just across the street from their old location
(at 285 Willis Avenue)
on the east side, just north of Jericho Turnpike)

300 Willis Avenue
Mineola, New York  11501


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