The spectacular Cincinnati Union Terminal was built in 1933 at a cost of over 40 million dollars, the last of the great railway stations. It was closed in 1972 and was renovated during the 90s, converted to a museum. The train connection remains, it still serves as an Amtrak stop.
Trojan built a line of economical light cars and commercial vehicles in post Great war Britain. Powered by a horizontal four cylinder two stroke, actually a split single twin (if you can get your head around that!) it was not a great performer, top speed of about 30 mph... quite enough on solid rubber tires (pneumatic optional). Apparently the Achilles model sported a fabric body, no explanation is given of the actual construction. It sold for about the same as a Model T in England but by the 1930s the public was losing interest in this type of car. I think Id like to own one of these oddballs! The company made commercial vans into the 50s.
Top: Navy HJP-1, 5 place helicopter designed for ship use. Center: Sikorsky S-52, 2 passenger helicopter. Bottom Hiller 360, 2 place helicopter used for crop spraying, oil surveying and mail delivery. (Mail Delivery??? dream on)
Wikipedia puts the first manned Montgolfier balloon flight taking place on November 21 1793. This balloon, named after the Mayor of Paris, followed soon after. Hard to believe that this was 120 years before the Wright brothers and more than 200 years ago!
Haven't done a vice post in awhile. This isn't an old manufacturer, but these 4" vices at $25 seemed a bargain. I found them at Cardons tools near Perth, Ontario, a men's toy store if there ever was one.
A reader sent me pictures of a hatchet he had found. No manufacturer marks, the only markings are shown below but
the West Germany points to postwar, the tool looks well made and closely resembles the Mibro hatchet in a previous post.
I can't find much information on the company but evidence points to Mibro sourcing rather than manufacturing its line of tools, there must be someone out there who knows what company made these hatchets. Ideas, anyone?
The Canadian Bluenose 50 cent stamp- issued January 6 1929. Silly me, I was pleased with myself to finally find this picture of a stamp I had only read about. Of course it's all over the internet in real living colour. Progress...