Courtesy of S. Arthur Roxy, 279 Prospect Ave., East Aurora, New York My old wagon as it appeared on original photograph in 1885.
279 Prospect Ave., East Aurora, New York
My father, Joseph W. Roxy, purchased this Machine in its original from as indicated on the duplicated photograph in 1885. Said wagon was used in various Amusement parks and drawn with a tongue hitch from storage place to midway. I, the present owner, inherited this equipment when still a young person. At one time, I form as indicated on the duplicated placed same on a Model A-Ford chassis. Many years ago, I built the present trailer under same. Many modifications have been made to keep the equipment hardy and movable at safe speeds on the highways.
The steam engine is operated through gear reduction power. The originality of this beautiful equipment has not been taken away through some modification, but more eye appeal was added as contrast photographs will verify.
For many years, the second generation owner, S. Arthur Roxy of East Aurora, New York as supplied his succulent product of old fashioned seasoned in the kettle tender POPCORN and fresh roasted peanuts. Mr. Roxy believes that his equipment is the most photographed and the only one Double Kettle Popcorn Wagon of this model and size left in the world. Originally, there were five of this type and model built by the C. Creators Company of Chicago, Illinois. Three have been reported to have fallen into the hands of disinterested owners and were scrapped. One was destroyed in a Chicago fire.
Mr. Roxy, the second generation owner, boasts that the late Walt Disney at one time offered him a fabulous sum of money to gain possession of this particular popcorn wagon for his famous Disney Land in California.
The Roxy Family is still very much in evidence with their unique and well preserved Steam Engine, Popcorn and Peanut Wagon. They book the various Steam Engine Rallies and numerous events during the summer season. For open dates it is suggested to contact Mr. Roxy at 279 Prospect Avenue, East Aurora, New York.
By J. Scott Campbell, Elwood, Indiana
Thanks for the nice write-up in the May-June issue of the ALBUM concerning the tour of the Elwood Historical Club to Scotland and England. I am happy to announce that we have everything in order. I mentioned in a previous letter that we had plans in the making to attend a live steam show in England. The plans worked out well, thanks to Mr. William Reid of Glasgow, Scotland.
On Saturday, July 1, we will be guests of the Banbury Live Steam Show at N. Banbury, Oxon. The Traction Engine Rally is held at Cropredy on July 1st & 2nd. According to the Chairman, J. H. Russell esq. they expect an attendance of two or three thousand people. We will send you a report of the show when we return.
Roxy's Steam Engine Style Popcorn machine, double popper with roaster is AVAILABLE for bookings at various STEAM RALLIES and summer carnival EVENTS. Check with us for open dates for coming season. S. Arthur Roxy, 279 Prospect Ave., East Aurora, New York.