|R. Aileen Belfry, B. Gertrude Bergey, Erna A. Martin. Across the Country. Toronto: The John C. Winston Co. Ltd, 1959.|
Sunday, May 31, 2015
Saturday, May 30, 2015
Friday, May 29, 2015
|James Gibson, The Flier's World. Random House 1976|
Unique among multi-engine craft, the centerline thrust provided by the push-pull engine configuration provided a measure of safety to the airplane. Almost 3000 were built in several different configurations between 1963 and 1982.
|Continental Holiday. The American Travel Guide to Europe. New York, 1961.|
Above, how they were marketed. Below, how they were made in 1939, and then in 1960. In the later photo, the two seated workers appear to be having a relaxed visit, totally unconcerned with being on camera for this publicity shot. Shades of the 1959 Peter Sellers' movie, I'm All Right Jack. The British way of life: nice work while it lasted. Or, to play with the caption, "Every few seconds, someone in the world screws ... someone else."
|W.G.V. Balchin (Consultant Editor). The Country Life Book of the Living History of England. Country Life Books, 1981.|
|Laurie Lee and David Lambert. The Wonderful World of Transportation. Garden City Books, 1960.|
I picked this up recently. By releasing the two red knobs, you can slide the one inclined piece of clear plastic over the other, which sets the depth for the cutter pictured in the bottom photo. On the left in the bottom photo is a curved piece of spring steel, which obviously holds what is being cut tightly against the outer plastic guide. The depth of cut is measured on a Vernier-type scale.
The sticker applied by a previous owner indicates both a 1/16 and a 1/32 set. What does that mean?
It appears to have been designed for cutting or trimming thin slices of some soft material. The slogan on the bottom is especially curious: "Keep your weights down and your times up!!!"
Thursday, May 28, 2015
Wednesday, May 27, 2015
|Robert Patrignani Mario Columbo Golden Treasury of Motorcycles Crescent Books 1971|
Ahh, warms my heart to look at them.Replace the high bars with drop bars, add a cafe seat and a cheap aerosol paint job and off we go. Wide open everywhere.
And the reality. The snow isn't even off the fields, I have to be somewhere and something is broken.... again.
A recent yard sale find. From the days when there were ignition points to be adjusted. These particular Snap-On tools were made in Canada! The case was filthy and the tools were a little rusty, but for $5 I could easily overlook that. In any event, they cleaned up reasonably well.
Below, a picture from a 1971 catalogue I found on the web. Turns out I'm missing the points file and feeler gauges. Instead, my case included a steel rule from a Calgary garage and, incongruously, a golf tee tool!
Tuesday, May 26, 2015
The real earnings index in the right column was derived from the Department of Labour's calculations of expenses representing 100 on the scale, meaning the wage earner earned about 75% of a typical families needs. Pretty tough life.
The table below lists a "typical family's needs" in 1921.
Taken from The Condition of the Working Class in Toronto 1900 to 1921 by Michael Piva
University of Ottawa Press, 1979
|Sara & Stephen Corrin (Eds.), The Puffin Book of Modern Fairy Tales. Puffin Books, 1983. Illustration by Ann Strugnell.|
I found this level at a yard sale. The brass plate was black from tarnish, and the finish on the oak body was dirty and peeling. So, I cleaned it up.
It was clearly a high-school shop project. The four screws do not enter the wood in an exact perpendicular fashion, and the student was a little sloppy filing the piercings over the spirit level vial. Still, a nice piece to remind me of a day when we gave teenagers the opportunity to make such things.
Monday, May 25, 2015
|George Abdill; A Locomotive Engineers Album, Bonanza Books 1965|
|Dick Halvorsen, Steeds in the Sky:The Fabulous Fighting Planes of WW2, Lancer Books 1971|
Years ago, I found a metal box designed to hold a Dormeyer drill kit, which subsequently became the subject for a 2013 Progress is Fine post. Yesterday, whilst out on a motorcycle ride, I stopped at a yard sale and found the very drill it was meant to hold! I snapped it up for $5, and drill and case are now reunited.
Nicely made. Notice the lip at the bottom of the trigger. This is the trigger lock. You pull in the trigger and move it down, so that the lip locks in the opening for the trigger. Clever design.
From the badge, it appears that it was a "Matched Craft" brand. Kind of a lame name. For domestic use only!
Sunday, May 24, 2015
Saturday, May 23, 2015
Friday, May 22, 2015
|James Gilbert, The Flier's World, Random House 1976|
Igor Sikorski demonstrates his prototype VS-300 helicopter, built the previous year. During the demo, he hovered, flew backwards and sidewards and performed various precision manouevers before landing in a small enclosure.
From a 1970's French-made bicycle I'm fixing up for my son. Nice badge design.
The consensus is that Dynamax was a North American brand of Motobécane. That company was founded in 1923 to make bicycles and motorcycles, eventually becoming one of the largest manufacturer of these machines in France. Bankruptcy overtook it in 1981, when it was bought by Yamaha. Today, the Motobecane brand is used on Taiwanese bicycles imported into the U.S.
In 1978, Canadian Walter Muma rode a Motobécane Mobylette moped 18,660 kilometers across Canada and Alaska. He explained that he wanted to see the Canadian north before the huge mining enterprises changed it forever. Shades of Raymond Murray Patterson fifty years earlier.