six months in a glove box part 2
The car pic (below) is of an early Hillman Minx Deluxe model, fully restored. No glove box as you can see, just an open shelf. A tray.
It’s easy to imagine the objects that might accumulate here: driving gloves, a rag for the windscreen, another cloth for the dash, a street directory, a brochure or two, a newspaper and perhaps a pencil. Being such an exposed space there may not have been the clutter we usually find in a closed glovebox. Passengers notice.
Perhaps Mr Francis kept his car in similar good order, inside and out.
But here we have the Rubaiyat been sitting in the tray for six months. One hundred and eighty two driving days. During that time the car may have been in constant use, business and pleasure. We know Mr F was ferrying around his family because it was his brother in law who found the Rubaiyat in the back passenger footwell of the Hillman, picked it up and put it in the tray.
This is where you have to ask yourself a few questions.
Was the number already there when it was found, or was it written during the 182 days?
The open glove box revelation is down to Sanders. Score him one.