|W.A.B. Douglas & Brereton Greenhous. Out of the Shadows. Canada in the Second World War. Oxford University Press, 1977.|
Thursday, March 31, 2016
|Donald Putnam (Editor). Canadian Regions. A Geography of Canada. J.M. Dent & Sons (Canada) Ltd., 1952.|
With her name taken from the Mi'kmaq word for Prince Edward Island, Epekwit'k, meaning "cradled (or cradle) on the waves," the Abegweit was designed by German & Milne of Montreal and launched in 1946 at the Marine Industries Limited shipyard in Sorel, Quebec. At the time of her commissioning, she was the most powerful icebreaker in the world and, with a length of 113 meters and displacement of 7000 tons, was at one time the heaviest vessel ever constructed in Canada. (The Cecon Pride, now the Micoperi Pride, launched in 2013 at the historic Davie Shipyard in Lévis, Quebec, is bigger, at 130 metres and 10,000 DWT.) Affectionately known as the "Abby", she remained in service until 1982. She was saved from the wreckers through a wonderful quirk of fate. The Columbia Yacht Club had been refused a permit to build a clubhouse on the Chicago waterfront. To get around this, they bought the Abby to serve as a floating clubhouse. She remains in that role to this day, still with her original name and colours
Wednesday, March 30, 2016
|J.E. Hansen (Editor). A Manual of Porcelain Enameling. Published for the Ferro Enamel Corporation by The Enamelist Publishing Company, 1937.|
At its height, Adam Hats had around 90 retail locations in the U.S. The signs above would have been for authorized agents, department stores not owned or operated by the company.
From 1944-1945, the company sponsored a spooky radio program entitled The Strange Dr. Weird. You can listen to many of the old episodes on the Internet Archive.
With the introduction of the Mercury Cougar in late 1966, Adam Hats produced a "Cougar"-styled hat which contained a small Mercury Cougar emblem on the band of the fedora.
Tuesday, March 29, 2016
Monday, March 28, 2016
Monte Burch. Gun Care and Repair. Winchester Press, 1978.
Since it's introduction in 1899, some 6 million examples have been produced, making this model the most popular centre-fire revolver of the 20th Century. Even Hermann Goering kept one for personal protection, although it didn't do him much good.
Sunday, March 27, 2016
|Gianni Marin, The Motor Car, London House and Maxwell 1963|
Fiat chose a 4 cylinder 16,277 cc (627 cu in) engine producing 110 hp at a mere 1000 rpm. The car won the race, averaging 70.5 mph.
|How to Make Plumbing Repairs. Fawcett Book No. 320. Greenwich, CT: Fawcett Publications, 1957.|
These German-made "Stickleback" drill files turn up from time to time in my neck of the woods.
|Popular Science, November 1956|
The same kind of drill was also offered by other manufacturers, like the Beaver Speed Saw drill bits advertised below (and which, unlike the Stickleback offerings, could be used on metal).
|The Family Handyman, May 1955|
The Beaver Drill & Tool Company was founded in Kansas City 60 years ago, and is still around today as a family-run industrial distributor.
Saturday, March 26, 2016
|John Edward Belleveau, Iceboats to Superferries, An Illustrated History of Marine Atlantic Marine 1992|
The rail ferry SS Prince Edward Island introduced year round steamboat service to the island province, thereby fulfilling a 45 year old Confederation promise. The ship served on the Cape Tormentine NB to Borden, PEI run from 1917 till 1968.
The Kingston was built at the turn of the century for the Richelieu and Ontario Navigation Company. She plied the waters between Prescott, Kingston and Toronto. After 48 years in service, she last sailed in 1949, just a few days after the disaster of the Noronic.
Friday, March 25, 2016
I recently picked up a Gripmate, still in its original box. Made in Brockville, Ontario. Production in that location ended in 1998: see my previous post.
Even the carton was made in Canada (in Pembroke, Ontario) by the Abitibi Paper Company! (Abitibi products were once so ubiquitous in this country that wooden matches were sometimes generically referred to as "Abitibi Ronsons." ) Not anymore--in 1989 Abitibi was sold to the Stone Container Corporation of Chicago, and then the firms were combined with the Greenville, South Carolina firm of Bowater to become AbitibiBowater in 2007. In 2012, the company became Resolute Forest Products.
I think it would be entertaining to perform Mullen Tests!
Below, the original registration form, never completed by the first purchaser. It was even printed in Canada! From a day when people still owned 1/4" capacity electric drills. Even back then, companies were eager for more information on consumers that they were entitled to.
Anyway, here's the tool. It's designed to be used with the Black & Decker Workmate:
The orange "adaptor bushings" are frequently missing from these tools when people buy them second-hand. Like the Gripmate itself, they're no longer available. Absent these bushings, the clamp is pretty much useless. With a little work, you could make a substitute out of plastic, so I present the dimensions below for anyone who cares to take a go at this project. (If it were me, I'd make it out of 1-1/4" nylon round stock, turning it down to .780 and leaving a larger 1-1/4" diameter and 1/4" thick circular lip at the top. (There's no need for the top to be square, as in the original design.) Step the bottom half inch down to 3/4" and cut a coarse thread, so you can use a nut to secure it to the Workmate in place of the two spring clips. Then drill the centre hole 11/32" or .3437" (or use an S-size drill at .3480") and open it up rectangular and to size with a square file.)
Below, the first page of the clamp's original instructions. I've uploaded a copy here: Gripmate Instructions.
You can also find a copy on the DeWalt site, when the tool was renamed the Workmate Clamp.
Not just cotton engines... After the invention of the cotton gin failed to bring him prosperity, Eli Whitney turned to manufacturing muskets for the US government. He developed the idea of interchangable repeatable parts in an assembly, basically setting the stage for mass production.