Monday, August 31, 2015

Geneva Adapto-tractor conversion

One of many accessories for the Ford Model T 

Farnborough Air Show 1962



Robert Blackburn, New Horizon Book of Flying, Golden Pleasure Books 1963

Consumer Price Trends. Canada vs. US, 1949-1956

1957 Encyclopedia Year Book.  The Story of Our Time.  The Grolier Society Inc.
Nothing's changed in the last 60 years.

At the lathe, 1964

Canada 1964.  The Official Handbook of Present Conditions and Recent Progress.  Ottawa.

Sunday, August 30, 2015

1937 Packard








B36 vs Wright flyer

Welam A Shrader; Fifty years of Flight A chronicle of the aviation industry in America 1903-1953, Eaton Manufacturing 1953
Fifty years of aviation development.
Range of Wright Flyer, 856 feet. Range of B36, 10,000 miles.
 One Wright Flyer built. Three Hundred Eighty Six B-36s built.
 Survivors, Wright Flyer, 1. B-36, 5.

"Planned Wiring" for Home and Farm, 1953





From Electric Wiring for Home or Farm.  New Edition.  Simpsons-Sears Ltd. 1953.

MiG-21, 1966

Britannica Book of the Year 1967.  Encyclopaedia Britannica, Inc., 1967.

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Sidecar Sunday

Max Burns, Ken Messenger; The Winged Wheel Patch, Vanwell Publishing 1993

Gear cutting, 1917

J.R. Lindbeck, M.W. Williams & R.M. Wygant.  Manufacturing Technology.  Englewood Cliffs, NY:  Prentice-Hall, 1990.
Imagine being paid to give someone the gears!

Revolver cutaway

Funk & Wagnalls New Practical Standard Dictionary.  Britannica World Langage Edition.  1946, 1957.
Look this up in your Funk & Wagnalls!

Friday, August 28, 2015

St Louis waterfront

Victorian commercial buildings on the St Louis waterfront. Demolished in the 1940s.

Where did all the people go?

Spruce Goose under construction


Welam A Shrader; Fifty years of Flight A chronicle of the aviation industry in America 1903-1953 Eaton Manufacturing 1953



Jowett Javelin



Jowett manufactured cars in Bradford, Yorkshire from 1906 to 1954.  The Javelin model was offered from '47 to '53.

Below, some of their early advertising.  Worthy of Monty Python!




Ads from Wally Olins, Corporate Identity.  Making Business Visible Through Design.  (Harvard Business School Press, 1990).

Steam Threshing

David Chatterton (Editor).  The Mind Alive Encyclopedia.  Technology.  Chartwell Books Inc., 1968, 1977.
Phyllis A. Arnold, Penney Clark & Ken Westerlund.  Canada Revisited 8.  Arnold Publishing Ltd., 2000.

Phyllis A. Arnold, Penney Clark & Ken Westerlund.  Canada Revisited 8.  Arnold Publishing Ltd., 2000.

Allan Anderson.  Remembering the Farm.  Memories of Farming, Ranching, and Rural Life in Canada Past and Present.  Toronto:  Macmillan of Canada, 1977.
Allan Anderson.  Remembering the Farm.  Memories of Farming, Ranching, and Rural Life in Canada Past and Present.  Toronto:  Macmillan of Canada, 1977.
Allan Anderson.  Remembering the Farm.  Memories of Farming, Ranching, and Rural Life in Canada Past and Present.  Toronto:  Macmillan of Canada, 1977.
W.G. Hardy (Editor-in-Chief).  Alberta.  A Natural History.  Edmonton:  M.G. Hurtig, Publishers, 1967.
Ontario School Geography.  Toronto:  The Educational Book Company, Limited, 1910.
Allan Anderson.  Remembering the Farm.  Memories of Farming, Ranching, and Rural Life in Canada Past and Present.  Toronto:  Macmillan of Canada, 1977.
Kathleen Strange was born in London in 1896, but emigrated to Alberta where she and her husband farmed for 10 years.  In 1923, they won the World's Wheat Championship at Chicago.  In 1937 she wrote her memoir, With the West in Her Eyes.  The Story of a Modern Pioneer, which won the $1000 non-fiction prize jointly sponsored by Dodge and the Canadian Authors' Club.  It detailed the 11 years she and her husband Henry farmed, from 1919 to 1930.  A section about threshing was excerpted in a 1952 book.  I've uploaded it here:  Threshing.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

1936 Ford truck


We still make things here; Sea-Breeze fans






The Seabreeze Electric Corporation manufactured this fan after WW2 when they were called the Phono Motor company and making motors for phonographs. This fan is long out of production of course but they are still alive and well manufacturing fans and heaters in Toronto.



King George VI in the tool room




From The Life and Times of King George VI 1895-1952.  London:  Odhams Press Ltd.

Sawyer Massey steam engine threshing grain

South of Sodom.  The History of South Norwich.  South Norwich Historical Society, 1983.
Sawyer Massey lasted from 1892 to just after World War II.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Introduction of the Fordson Tractor

The Fordson tractor, introduced in 1917, was named in honour of Edsel, Henry Ford's son.

1938 Velocette KSS

Photo by Alvin
Seen at Mid-Ohio Vintage meet.

Mid-morning lunch--a lost tradition

Kathleen Wilkinson Wootten (Mrs. Henry Stewart Wootten).  A Health Education Procedure for the Grades and Grade Teachers.  The National Tuberculosis Association, 1926, 1927.

Tanganyika, 1965


From A. Gibson.  The Commonwealth.  (Young Learner Books.  London:  Chatto & Windus, 1965). Illustrated by David Harris.

The above entry was out-of-date when it was published:  in 1964, Tanganyika  joined with the People's Republic of Zanzibar and Pemba to form the the United Republic of Tanzania.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

A gaggle of Land Rovers




Or is the proper term "parts supply"?

1893 Duryea



Although different people were working on the idea, it's generally accepted that the Duryea brothers built the first car in America. The brothers built a two stroke engine and attached it to a carriage in 1893 but the second car with a newly developed four stroke engine assured their place in history by winning a Nov. 2 1895 race from Chicago to Evanston and back at an average speed of 5.1 mph.  This was the first auto race in the USA and only the second one in the world. This success led to the founding of the Duryea Wagon Company. Bickering between the brothers forced it into bankrupcy after twelve cars were built.

Kowa Seiki Tool Company, Japan




The Kowa Precision Machinery Industry Company was reorgnized as the Kowa Seiki Co. 1952.  The company made all of Honda's special tools, as well as tools for Kawasaki, Yamaha and Suzuki and Mazda and Mitsubishi from the 1960's through the 2000's.   The U.S. Kowa Tools subsidiary was bought by Snap-On, but the Japanese company continues to exist. Below, from its website, with garbled translation courtesy of google:


Everyone is there is a motorcycle and a limit to the tool (the tool is called a hand tool), the development itself that is used usually in the maintenance, etc. of the car. A special tool (also known as special tool), it is that of "professional use" tools that everyone of the so-called professional mechanic or let's say a tool and the even that is beyond the limit to be used. By using a special tool, the width of the maintenance from daily inspections to heavy maintenance of engine-related, etc. will spread even more. We will tell the tool information rich in convenience despite its unfamiliar much heard that depresses one step called "special tool", "professional use" is to everyone.


For a detailed history of this Japanese tool maker and its fortunes, visit The Motorcycle Project.