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Ingenuity in the Interior

Museum offers cornucopia of auto, fashion, Alaska history

What do ornate silk gowns, a Heine-Velox Victoria and photos from Alaska’s past have in common?

The answer? They are all housed inside one 30,000-square-foot building in the city of Fairbanks, along with a trove of automotive, vintage couture and photographic curiosities.

Tim Cerny owns the Wedgewood Resort in Fairbanks. He began displaying the carefully chosen collections at his Fountainhead Antique Auto Museum in 2009 because they show related facets of the progression of American automotive history.

“The newest (automobile) is from 1936, the oldest is 1898,” museum director Willy Vinton said. “We stay pre-World War II. It’s just the focus that we have; you can’t cover everything and do a decent job. The technological changes and styling changes are what we really focus on.”

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