Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Scott Sociable

Alfred Angas Scott of the Scott motorcycle company was responsible for this oddball. He started the motorcycle company in 1907 but left in 1915 to form the Scott Autocar company. In this capacity he designed a machine gun carrier based on the motorcycle/sidecar layout. The armed forces did not adopt his design and so after the war Scott adapted it into this asymmetrical 2 seater as cheap practical transportation.  Handling must have been suspect as the right side wheels were in line and the 2 cylinder 2 stroke engine was center mounted. 
This strange-looking vehicle was not a sales success, apparently only 100-200 were made during 3 years of production. The company folded in 1924.

Images from The Classic Motor Cycle, Jan 1989

Monday, June 18, 2018

Planes in formation, P47 Thunderbolts.

P47-D I believe. The last of the 'Razorback" canopy  arrangement.

Little Ducatis

CVMG Rally 2018

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Bellanca Airbus

The P300 Airbus is shown at the Toronto Flying club in December 1936, enroute to its purchaser, Hennessy airlines of Haileybury Ontario. Two years later it was destroyed in a crash about 100 km northeast of Winnipeg. The paint scheme was pale blue and yellow, I wish the picture was in colour!

Unidentified adjustable wrench

Made in Canada, but by who? The small cast-in feature below might be a clue but there's no name on it anywhere. It does resemble this one in an earlier post.

Sidecar Sunday

 CVMG Paris Rally 2018

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Chevy van

I put a lot of miles on number of these things in my misspent youth, I can't tell for sure the exact year but it will be a 1962-66 model.. I get nostalgic looking at it but could I really go back to an inline 6 with 3 on the tree, beam front axle, drum brakes and manual steering and brakes...?

Thursday, June 14, 2018

B29 spares

Strasbourg Railway

Number 90 Decapod passes the water tower at the Strasbourg railway station in Pennsylvania.

Westman & Baker: Printing Presses and Related Equipment

In a previous post (Vanished Tool Makers: E Westman) it was noted that Elijah Westman of Toronto had started a tool (butcher saws and tools) manufacturing business in the mid to late 19th century after immigrating to Canada from Ireland. This immigration appears to coincide with the Irish Potato Famine that saw Toronto’s population more than double with an influx of Irish immigrants. He was one of five Westman brothers (Samuel, William, Joseph and James) that made Toronto their home. Their father was Joseph Westman, a third generation Irish whitesmith (or tinsmith) who came to Toronto with his family. James Henry Westman, the youngest of the brothers born in 1848 (after the Westman family had moved to Canada), was also an important early pioneer in the Toronto manufacturing scene.

James H. Westman and George R. Baker, both of whom were born and raised in Toronto, established a manufacturing business (Westman & Baker) for printing equipment in 1874 at 100 Bay Street, Toronto. In 1885, operating from 119 Bay Street, they produced Gordon printing presses (invented by an American, George P. Gordon), Beaver’s cutting machines, Baker’s binding machines, and other printing related implements. Thereafter the business re-located to 76 Wellington Street before finally settling in 1907 at 107 Jarvis Street, Toronto (the only of those buildings still standing today). 

107 Jarvis St., Toronto in 2017

George Baker retired in 1912, and James Westman elected to continue to operate the business on his own but still retaining the Westman & Baker name. James H. Westman died on March 27, 1920 at the age of 71. His wife, Sarah Jane Westman had passed away the month prior on February 23, 1920. The company was purchased in 1922 by Manton Brothers, which was a Toronto based supplier of printing equipment. Manton Brother Ltd. was later acquired by an American paper company, Parsons & Whittemore, in 1980. I have found no evidence to indicate that this company produces any printing equipment currently.

You can see examples of the printing machinery manufactured by Westman & Baker (arguably the finest example of Canadian printing machine manufacturing) at the Howard Iron Works (Oakville, ON) www.howardironworks.org , the Canadian Science & Technology Museum (Ottawa, ON) www.ingeniumcanada.org , Grey Roots Museum (Owen Sound, ON) www.greyroots.com , Mackenzie Printery & Newspaper Museum (Queenston, ON) mackenzieprintery.wordpress.com. A very unique and special Canadian journal dedicated to hardcopy printing is The Devil’s Artisan (www.devilsartisan.ca) and I would like to than their editor, Don MacLeod, for taking the time to scan and share this wonderful old article from 1983 with me (Westman and Baker, Makers). The Howard Iron Works provided the pictures of a Westman & Baker platen press and also a cutter. Please post any additional information you might have about the company, the people, or their equipment on public display.