Tin Man New England Life & Travel
ROADSIDE ATTRACTIONS - THE TIN MAN
GOOD TIME STOVE CO.,
He has a heart like his ancestor in The Wizard of Oz, but this Tin Man is 16 feet tall, and he holds a hammer and cutting shears, the tools of his trade. Richard, "Stoveblack" Richardson, who restores and sells antique stoves at the Good Time' Stove Co. (fascinating in its' own right) in rural northwestern Massachusetts, says the Tin Man was built in 1955 for a local fuel company. Auctioned off after teenagers kept dressing him in funny outfits, he did a stint as a scarecrow and had his head and hands stolen. Finally, he was swapped to Richardson for stove parts. Richardson packed him off to a vocational school, where he got back his original head. "He was full of bullets," says one student who attended the school. A store worker gave the Tin Man a heart for Christmas 10 years ago and today, he faces Rt. 112, red heart glowing by day and night. "It gives people a sense of stability,” Richardson says. Route 112, 413-268- 3677, www.goodtimestove.com.
DETOUR - Take a scenic drive on Route 112 north through the farm country of Buckland to the junction of Rt. 2 and the village of Shelburne Falls 413-625- 2544: www.shelburnefalls.com. A bridge suspended over the Deerfield River spans 400.feet and boasts more than 500 varieties 'of plants, including flowering vines and shrubs. It's called the Bridge of Flowers.
Article By Jane Roy Brown
Appearing On PAGE 71 of Roadside Attractions in
New England Travel & Life Magazine
Tin Man of Goshen
The Tin Man has been a western massachusetts landmark since the 1950s. He no resides in Goshen proudly standing in front of the Good Time Stove Company and Three Sisters Sanctuary with a warm red heart to welcome visitors from near and far.
Big Tin Man and his buddy, Little Tin Man (Richard M. Richardson).
Tin Man Offers Helping Hand
Tin Man Offers His Hand
Springfield Daily News. 1958
NORTHAMPTON, MA - Many motorists traveling Rte. 9 between this city and Williamsburg stop to have their picture taken with the "Tin Man," a creation of the Hampshire Engineering Service. A five-year-old boy, Timothy LaPlam of Cambridge, tries to reach the hand of the "Tin Man" as he and his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Irwin LaPlam, have their picture taken.
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Shell Oil Appoints Lennox Authorized Dealer
Lennox Fuel, Inc., of 574 Haydenville Rd. (at the home of "The Tin Man") is well qualified in the heating business as it is operated by the staff of Hampshire Engineering Service, Inc.
Hampshire Engineering Service has been engineering, installing and servicing heating equipment in the Hampshire County area for the past eight years. So in expanding their business enterprises to include Lennox Fuel, Inc. which is the authorized Shell heat-inspecting oil dealer, they are truly specialists.
Lennox Fuel, Inc. is supplying Hampshire County residents with new Shell heating oil and with it, Shell's certified comfort plan is a seven-point plan that gives maximum heating power and premium quality.
The plan which is available to you for just the low cost of heating by Shell includes. automated oil refills, free storage tank, anti-trust treatment metered receipts, courteous drivers who respect your property, budget, and pre-payment plans, burner service, and complete heating service.
Shell heating oil has many qualities which make it the very best. Shell heating oil ignites readily, reaches peak burning efficiency without delay and burns cleaner and more economically than other heating oils.
Since Hampshire Engineering Service is a heating and cooling firm, they also have Lennox heating equipment and Carrier Air conditioning equipment. They handle both residential and service.
Donald R Affhauser, president and treasurer of the firm and Otis S. Goss, Sales Manager, will be glad to help you with any questions on fuel oil ad heating or air conditioning that you might have. You can telephone them or any of the efficient staff at JU4-4080
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Hampshire Engineering Service Staff And Products
Bob Lamothe (center), sales representative, holds one of the numerous products. Donald Affhauser (next right) is the, owner. Ben Kerr (right) formerly worked 31 years for the Holland Furnace Co. Leo Blizniak (left) and George Duensser(next to him) are also experienced in sheet metal work and installing and servicing heating and air conditioning units.
Hampshire Engineering to Move to New Plant
Donald R. Affhauser, proprietor of Hampshire Engineering Service. From Left to right: Mr. Affhauser; Mrs. Carol A. Heon, receptionist; Eugene P. Newman, installation foreman; James E. Taupier, installation mechanic; Robert J. Bacon, installation foreman; Benjamin Kerr, installation mechanic; Robert H. Chestnut, service manager; John George Duensser, shop foreman; Norman A. Charette, assistant service representative, and Edward M. Parks, office manager.
Benjamin Kerr, installation mechanic; Robert H. Chestnut, service manager; John George Duensser
Service Manager: John George Duensser
Tin Man Offers His Hand
A five-year-old boy, Timothy LaPlam of Cambridge, tries to reach the hand of the "Tin Man" as he and his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Irwin LaPlam, have their picture taken.
Tin Man Sports Shorts
Passing the well-known landmark known as the tin man, residents saw a brightly colored, polka, dotted pair of shorts had been added by pranksters.
He Wuz Robbed!
The Tin Man was robbed of his arms by Halloween pranksters and is glumly awaiting their replacement.
Tin Man Responds to Housing Shortage
A pair of barn swallows tenaciously fought another feather couple for three days for tenancy in the lower lip of the tin man situated on Haydenville Rd
Roof Top Tin Man
ROOF TOP TIN MAN: damaged by vandals a few weeks ago, is back in one piece again atop the Hampshire Engineering building .on Route 9.
The Tin Man Gets a Heart
The Tin Man of Route 112 has received a heart transplant of red glass and stainless steel.
Goshen’s Towering Tin Man
UNLIKE the tin man in the Wizard of Oz, the grinning tin man of Goshen already has a heart. Or at least people treat it as if it does. The story of this tin statue, standing by the roadside of Route 112 wearing a l0-gallon tin hat, reads something like a fable, full of magic, affection and brushes with destruction.
Yankee Magazine: Local Land Marks
EVERYONE KNOWS THE story of the Tin Man who lost his heart, but few know the story of the tin man who lost his head. He took shape almost 40 years ago as a gimmick to attract customers to an oil and heating-duct company in Haydenville, Massachusetts. For a quarter of a century the 16-foot-tall tin man stood on Route 9 as a landmark grasping a hammer and tin snips. Scores of kids persuaded parents to pull over for a photograph with the tin man.
ROADSIDE ATTRACTIONS · THE TIN MAN
He has a heart like his ancestor in The Wizard of Oz, but this Tin Man is 16 feet tall, and he holds a hammer and cutting shears, the tools of his trade.
Hazel Magner’s Story
Many have made a pilgrimage to see the Tin Man of Goshen when visiting Northampton or the surrounding areas.
Roadside Attraction on Information Super Highway
Good Time Stove Company is what puts Goshen, population 921, on the map.