Goodenough Gismo

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    This is the classic children's book, Goodenough Gismo, by Richmond I. Kelsey, published in 1948. Nearly unavailable in libraries and the collector's market, it is posted here with love as an "orphan work" so that it may be seen and appreciated -- and perhaps even republished, as it deserves to be. After you read this book, it won't surprise you to learn that Richmond Irwin Kelsey (1905-1987) was an accomplished artist, or that as Dick Kelsey, he was one of the great Disney art directors, breaking your heart with "Pinocchio," "Dumbo," and "Bambi."

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Sounds like a great deal! Congrats!


Speaking as someone who goes through a used car about every 2 years and has worked on more cars than I care to admit I can say one thing about your van. Its old enough to be easy to work on meaning labor costs will be low compared to modern cars. Given the year it was made it wasn't designed to be disposable. Just make sure to maintain it religiously.


Thanks! That's encouraging. I know what you mean by "old enough to be easy to work on" -- it won't be all full of sealed computers that can only communicate with other computers!


Amba, my experience is that somehow those vans know how important is the work they do, and they don't break down nearly as much as vehicles used for other purposes.

My grandparents had to buy one after my grandmother lost her leg. The van served them quite well for several years, and they used it not just to toodle around town, but to come down about 200 miles south to visit me and other family, as well as for regular trips (weekly or more) to the "big city" next door to their small town, about 30 miles away. It never gave them any serious problems, and we were able to pass it on to another couple needing one, at a very reasonable price, after she passed away 2 1/2 years ago. I figure it's got another 10 years or more left to it still.


That too is reassuring. Thanks, Pat.

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