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Marcia Campbell’s Photo Treasures


Custom Car Chronicle and The Custom Car Photo Archive are proud to house the Marcia Campbell Photo Collection. The collection was given by Marcia’s good friends David en Michelle. Without them we would never have known al the iconic images Marcia Campbell took of important moments and cars in the history of custom cars

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About the Collection

The collection shows, amongst others a unique photo album containing 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 point and 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 amongst the materials Curtis found was the empty album with Marcia Campbell’s name. And one by one he also found the 39 missing photos. Curtis realized they all belonged together. Like a priceless step-by-step of the master Sam Barris at work photographed by Marcia Campbell. 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.


Rik Hoving

Rik is the CCC editor in chief. As a custom car historian he is researching custom car history for many years. In 2004 he started the Custom Car Photo Archive that has become a place of joy for many custom car enthousiasts. Here at CCC Rik will bring you inspiring articles on the history of custom cars and builders. Like a true photo detective he will show us what's going on in all those amazing photos. He will write stories about everything you want to know in the realm of customizing. In daily life Rik is a Graphic Designer. He is married to the CCC webmaster and the father of a 10 year old son (they are both very happy with his excellent cooking skills)

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