A while back, I sent a message to the President of the Erie Historical Society (I've learned to start at the top) regarding Goodenow manufacturing and got a response today on the best person to contact. Talked to that nice lady today and we have mapped out a little research strategy to find out what, if anything, we can learn about Goodenow, Erie, PA. She will be going through the city directories of that time and also there was a local paper that did regular short stories on local manufacturers which she will look through the index.
Took the time to tell her about how fascinated the American Vintage Airgun community is with this subject, one of the reasons being the remarkable quality seen in these "Erie, PA" guns and that, along with extreme rarity, make these some of the most valuable and interesting vintage airguns to today's collectors. Just to try and dig the hook in a bit more, I promised a nice article about The Airguns Manufactured in Erie, PA, if we can verify the truth of that. She added that they have a running display at the society that features products manufactured in Erie (Erie has a history of being a manufacturing town) and suggested that there might be a lot of local interest in a display.
With any luck, and the help of the very best researcher of Erie Historical Society, we may find out something.
Mentioned that there are some collectors who think the whole story about Goodenow Manufacturing manufacturing these beautiful guns is nothing but a hoax. Come on Erie Historical Society, show 'em that Erie, PA, spirit!
That's the way to do it!
I tried to get a local historian living in the vicinity of the former Falke factory (est. approx 1949-59) interested. After I plugged away on this theme for some time a German chap named Volker managed to interview the elderly son of the late factory owner, giving us some of the story, but it was an uphill struggle.