This unique photo album contains 39 sequential photos taken by Marcia Campbell of Sam Barris working on one of the first chops – perhaps ‘the’ first – of a 1949 Mercury.
The step-by-step photos show how Sam Barris and Jerry Quesnel chopped the top on Jerry’s new 1949 Mercury.
For many years this album was nothing more than an empty album – the photos had been removed at some pointand scattered throughout a box full of Barris promotional materials from the John Barris Collection. Curtis Leipold was researching a project and loaned this box. Most of the content was off-topic, but in among the materials Curtis found the empty album, with Marcia Campbell’s name, and one by one also found these 39 photos. Realizing they all belonged together as a priceless step-by-step of the master Sam Barris at work, photographed by Marcia. Curtis reassembled the album with the photos in order, handed it back to John and told him what it was and the importance of the album.
When these photos shown here where taken some of the photos had been taken out and put back in in the wrong order.