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A newsletter produced by The Crittenden Automotive Library. The first issue went out October 9, 2011.

The idea for "Tail Lights" came from Editor Bill Crittenden's passion for obscure and unusual automotive information and reputation for taking detailed photos of unusual angles of cars. For the original, magazine-style version he noticed that nearly all of the automotive magazines in his personal collection show the front of a car on the cover, so each cover will feature the back of a car and the line "A New Perspective on Automotive History." For the smaller, newsletter version, this was changed to "Automotive History from a Different Perspective."

After an initial run of "magazine" style issues, the newsletter was scaled back for a few years to a simple text format so as to not take too much time from the C.A. Library's mission of putting as much automotive history online as possible. As of 2015, however, the magazine style returned for a short run before returning again to the text version.

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Most issues have a main article about some interesting (if a bit obscure) aspect of automobile history.

Depth of Content (2014)
Digitally "Cutting Up" Magazines (2014)
Family Names (2012)
Size of Automotive Field (2016)
Transcribing Articles from Image Scans (2014)


Issues

1964 Pontiac GTO6 June 2017
Let's Be Civil This Time
Video from the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, including many civil cases.
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1951 Dodge Meadowbrook15 March 2017
Break Time's Over
Short break for a family emergency and return.
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1951 Dodge Meadowbrook6 December 2016
You Can't Know It All
Size of automotive field and 2016 US Presidential Election.
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1978 Pontiac Trans Am30 September 2016
Voice of the World
Stories from the Voice of America News service.
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1986 Chevrolet Corvette C4 Model Car22 July 2016
Going With the Flow
Ford vs. General Motors (and Dodge gets mentioned, too)
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1929 Ford Model A Convertible25 May 2016
One Grade "A" Collection
Bob Hanselman's Ford Model A Collection
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2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid SEL6 April 2016
A Company Car
Our new Ford C-Max Hybrid!
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MGB GT6 February 2016
Cleaning Up
Plans for 2016
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Audi R8 V8 4.2FSI Quattro12 December 2015
A Happy Anniversary
10 Years of CarsAndRacingStuff.com!
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Tail Lights Cover: Cruisin' Spring Car Show May 2015 (24 pages)
Cover Car: 1977 Oldsmobile Cutlass

Cover photo ©2015 Bill Crittenden
Released May 1, 2015
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Tail Lights Cover: McLaren F1 LM April 2015 (15 pages)
Cover Car: McLaren F1 LM

Cover photo ©2013 Norbert Aepli, Switzerland
Released April 3, 2015
View Tail Lights Cover: Chevrolet Camaro Engines - 1.0MB
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Tail Lights Cover: Chevrolet Camaro Engines March 2015 (17 pages)
Cover Car: 1970 Chevrolet Camaro & 4th Generation Chevrolet Camaro

Cover photo ©2015 Bill Crittenden
Released March 1, 2015
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Tail Lights Cover: Hyundai Azera Model February 2015 (9 pages)
Cover Car: Academy Hyundai Azera Scale Model

Cover photo ©2015 Bill Crittenden
Released January 29, 2015
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Chrysler taillight patent from 1957 - 180,704January 4, 2015
Patent Motor Wagens
Patents, social media, and the 1936 Oldsmobile Flat Rate Manual.
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Daniel Herrington Bryan Herta AutosportsDecember 13, 2014
Beyond Wikipedia
Dan Wheldon, Hyundai Azera model kit, and the security industry.
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Peugeot 208 GTINovember 29, 2014
Catching Up
Racing offseason and catching up before the next begins.
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Recall Governor Walker WisconsinNovember 16, 2014
U.S.A.! U.S.A.!
Major post-election overhaul of the American Government section.
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Peter Ryan and Chuck DaighOctober 25, 2014
Digital Scissors
Digitally "cutting up" magazines, automotive-themed music, and the McHenry Book Sale.
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Hot Rods and Racing Cars Issue 1October 2, 2014
Hot Rods and Comic Books
Comic books in the Library, interstate highway idea from 1922, and information from other industries.
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2015 Ford Mustang GTSeptember 13, 2014
Replacing Horses Made them Better
Digital won't eliminate the printed book.
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Rimac Concept_OneAugust 9, 2014
Dok je srca, bit će i Kroacije
Rimac Automobili, Green Street, and Hendrik Mueller.
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Honda Gold WingAugust 6, 2014
Shelf Space
Quantity & depth of content, new home page index.
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Ford ExplorerJuly 9, 2014
Four Wheel Felonies
FBI & Department of Justice releases, stolen meat trailers.
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1967 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme 442June 1, 2014
Government Motors
United States & United Kingdom goverment documents, big additions to the Reference Desk.
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Volkswagen EosApril 22, 2014
Russians and the Military
Russian content & reference, new Military subject page.
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Fiat PandaMarch 26, 2014
Milestones
Half a million pages in the Publications Index.
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Lamborghini VenenoMarch 1, 2014
No Way to Get Bored...
The huge variety of automotive topics covered!
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2002 Chevrolet Bel AirJanuary 15, 2014
A Solo Cup and an Ocean
The volume of automotive information, racing video games
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Mercedes-Benz Grand 600SLJanuary 3, 2014
Books, Text, and A Lot More Text
Transcribing articles from image scans, 1970 Florida Automotive Journal, new Reference Desk books
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1969 & 1999 Pontiac Trans AmsDecember 26, 2013
There's Always Next Year...
Even further simplified Tail Lights, 2013 Mecum Chicago, 2014 Goals
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Surf Rod 2004 Chevrolet CorvetteAugust 9, 2013
Summertime!
Summer car shows, Twitter, new sources
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Modified Pontiac Trans AmJune 17, 2013
Beyond Search
Library Organization
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Blue Ribbon Builders Nissan XterraMay 3, 2013
Spring Cleaning
The "To-Do" Folder, Half Price Books, and my Pontiac Vibe
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1968 Plymouth BarracudaMarch 23, 2013
Alfa Male
Twitter, a lime green Maserati, and the Multimedia Index
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Sunshine Taxi Hummer H2March 11, 2013
Premacy
Computers & new material
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2011 Ford F-150 Harley DavidsonFebruary 25, 2013
"Endurance" Racing
Update on racing results, The Automobile & Automotive Industries, Chicago Auto Show
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David Pearson ReplicaFebruary 17, 2013
12 Lonely Cars
NASCAR Grand National vs. modern day NASCAR Racing
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Ferrari 288 GTO ReplicaFebruary 8, 2013
Making Stuff Up
The new Chevrolet Corvette Stingray and NASCAR Fan Fiction
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Pinewood Derby BatmobileJanuary 25, 2013
Rolling With the Changes
Moving away from Facebook and the Cub Scout Pinewood Derby
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1998 Lamborghini Diablo Styling PrototypeJanuary 12, 2013
Statistics and Observations
Racing records and the Scion iQ
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1957 Mercury MontereyJanuary 5, 2013
Filling the Pool Deeper in 2013
Libraries and the internet
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Chevrolet HHR Checker CabDecember 30, 2012
The Wonders of a Digital World
Digital photography and historic preservation
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MINI CooperDecember 23, 2012
Words with the Family
The Importance of People as Library Topics, Open Wheel Racing
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MINI CooperDecember 14, 2012
New Version: Volume 1, Number 1
MINIs, Woofcast Podcast, and Transcripts
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Tail Lights Cover: Aston Martin V8 Vantage March-April (9 pages)
Cover Car: Aston Martin V8 Vantage

Cover photo ©2011 Bill Crittenden
Released April 15, 2012
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Tail Lights Cover: Danica Patrick at the 2012 Daytona 500 January-February 2012 (11 pages)
Cover Car: Danica Patrick at the 2012 Daytona 500

Cover photo by U.S. Army Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation
Released Febraury 28, 2012
View Tail Lights Cover: Danica Patrick at the 2012 Daytona 500 - 241KB
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Tail Lights Cover: 1960 Pontiac Catalina 2-Door Post Coupe November-December 2011 (18 pages)
Cover Car: 1964 Ford Fairlane Thunderbolt

Cover photo ©2010 Bill Crittenden, Green Street Cruise Night: June 7, 2010
View Tail Lights Cover: 1960 Pontiac Catalina - 478KB
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Tail Lights Cover: 1960 Pontiac Catalina 2-Door Post Coupe September-October 2011 (15 pages)
Cover Car: 1960 Pontiac Catalina 2-Door Post Coupe

Cover photo ©2011 Bill Crittenden, 2011 Indian Uprising
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