Sunday, July 21, 2019

A course on Automotive construction from France

Complete with large scale model. As the advertising below suggests, good for everyone!

thanks, Rolf!

Prince Charles, 1979

Prince with Moth, a Leopard Moth I think?
 Someone will correct me...

Sidecar Sunday

1956 Chev

Nicely done...

Motorized baby carriage

Friday, July 19, 2019

Ariel Red Hunter

Snowploughs in landscaping

We still make things in this country, Chairtex

This style of simple stacking table has been in use in schools, churches etc. since I was a kid. Good to see Chairtex is still around, still making them.  

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Early attempts at flight

Stage lights, Kliegl Bros, NYC

Photographed through the windows of a closed antique store in Hallowell Maine. More on Kliegl Bros here.

Wednesday, July 17, 2019


Someone's sweet summer toy

Canadair CL-28

RAF Flying review, June 1960

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Different times in advertising

Field guide to tank cars

Although I could be considered to be somewhat of a railfan, I didn't feel the need to own this book, decided to leave this one at the used book store...

Sunday, July 14, 2019

Cincinnati Union Terminal

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.

Sidecar Sunday

Saturday, July 13, 2019

B45 Tornado Cockpit

This was America's first jet bomber, introduced in 1948. About 150 were built and it was quickly replaced by the B-47. More here.
 According to Warbird registry, 3 remain.


Vincent Comet in red

Paris Vintage Meet 2019

Friday, July 12, 2019

Trojan Achilles

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.

250 Kawasaki F4


Thursday, July 11, 2019

1953 Corvette

Among the first fibreglass bodied production cars, less than 5000 were made from 1953 to 55.

Mangled Classic

Eames lounge chair in blue? Hope it's not an original one!

DC-6 Cockpit

Instrument panel in the four engine DC-6 cockpit

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Early helicopters

Encyclopedia Americana, Canada Edition, 1955

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)

First manned flight (balloon)

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!

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

One of my vices is vises, Eclipse

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. 

Monday, July 8, 2019

Miss Janet

Looks like the lady has new boots!

Mystery Monday, Hatchet made in West Germany

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? 

Sunday, July 7, 2019

Bluenose stamp

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...

Saturday, July 6, 2019