Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Monday, February 18, 2019

Progress is fine, but ....T shirt!


I got this T shirt for Christmas, the blog's colour header image adapted to a single colour on a T shirt by my lovely wife. We thought other people might like one too- so through the miracle of the internet...You can buy them here.


Sunday, February 17, 2019

Belmont Park airshow, 1910

The American Heritage History of Flight, Simon and Shuster 1962
Here's a flypast at the October 1910 airshow held at Belmont race track on Long Island. From top is a Wright, a Farman, out front is a Bleriot, Then an Antoinette and another Farman.
 Various competitions were held, the altitude record was set at 9714 feet and the 100km speed race was won at an average speed of 61 mph. 
Three airshows had been held in the US that year, only a year after the Bleriot cross-channel flight and the Reims air meet. Aviation fever had struck.

Flight Officer Frank Hanton

Roger A Freeman; Mustang at War, Doubleday 1974
One of the Canadian squadrons flying Mustangs in Europe was No. 400 (City of Toronto) and one of the more successful pilots was the man shown above, hugging his airplane. 
Flight Officer Frank Hanton recorded the first nighttime victories by a Mustang on the moonlit night of August 14, 1943, catching and shooting down both a Me110 and a Ju88 as they were landing. From On Watch to Strike
A quick Google search fills in more of his story. During his service he 
shot down a number of German planes and also ran up a tally of 54 trains destroyed while on ground attack missions. 
On one of those missions he was shot down and suffered burns to his face when he crash landed. That made him part of the Guinea Pig Club, the pioneering plastic surgery program where injured and disfigured soldiers and airmen were integrated back into society. 
After the war he flew for the Manitoba Government Air Services until his retirement in 1978.
More on Hon. Col. Hanton here
Update; I got derailed a bit on this post, getting distracted by the Guinea Pig Club. Turns out there is a Canadian connection in Dr Albert Ross Tilley who worked closely with New Zealander Dr Archibald McIndoe in the program. Incredible work.

Sidecar Sunday

OK, no more Nimbuses.. Or is it Nimbi?

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Saturday, February 16, 2019

Norton 16H

The Classic Motor Cycle Sep 1994
The flathead 500 cc Norton 16H was in production from 1911 through 1954. During WW2, nearly 100,000 were made for military service.

Friday, February 15, 2019

Autolite sparkplugs overseas

thanks, Rolf!

Herreshoff yacht, Reliance


This sloop- is it a sloop?- was America's entry for the America's Cup in 1903. The design made use of a loophole in the rules, that when heeled over, due to the bow and stern overhangs the waterline length greatly increased from 89 feet 8 inches at dock (just meeting the 90 foot limit) to about 130. Someone once explained to me why this is so, but an increase in hull length means an increase in the speed of a boat. I didn't understand it then and still don't really. 
The hull was light as could be, 3/16" bronze plates over a light steel frame. The deck was 1/4" aluminum plate. The 19 foot deep keel was where the weight was, it was filled with 100 tons of lead.
Due to a 199 foot mast and long bowsprit and boom (totalling the overall boat length at 200 feet) there was 16,000 sq feet of canvas to propel the boat.  It was the first yacht to have winches for the sails below deck. Despite the powered winches, there were still 64 crew members. To save weight the boat was completely unfinished below decks.  The boat soundly defeated the English challenger Shamrock III in all three races. 
The boat was sold for scrap 10 years later.


Thursday, February 14, 2019

Pretty things in chairs

Weird title... especially for 1903.

Rideau Canal steamboats


The Rideau King
Friends of the Rideau
The Rideau King was built in 1890 in Kingston Ontario by the Davis Dry Dock Company. A thoroughly modern boat, she had electric lighting and steam space heating and many other modern conveniences. The dining room is described as, "beautifully appointed" and the interior "throughout, the interior was finished in white and gold paint and fabrics". 
STEAMER RIDEAU STRANDED IN STORM. 
 The steamer RIDEAU KING is aground on White Island in Mud Lake near Newboro, in a driving wind storm, accompanied by thunder and lightning. The boat was blown out of her course and under full steam ran high and dry on the land. The KING had on a large cargo of freight, and several passengers. The latter were taken off. 
      Buffalo Evening News 
      October 16, 1909 

Remarks "Got off"
The Rideau Queen
From The picturesque route between Kingston and Ottawa

The Rideau Queen, launched in July of 1901, is quite up to, and in not a few respects superior to, any passenger craft at present plying on the inland waters of Canada. Her length over all is 112 feet, extreme beam 28 feet, and though 7 feet 6 inches depth of hold, has a draft of but 4 feet 6 inches forward. 
Her power is supplied by a triple expansion engine with cylinders 8}4 x 13 x 21, and a stroke of 14 inches. She is thus enabled to easily obtain a speed of twelve miles per hour and maintain it evenly throughout the run. Hard coal is burned in her grates, and passengers, therefore, are not called upon to suffer annoyance from hot cinders and grimy smoke, always attendant upon the use of soft coal. 
Her upper works as so constructed as to allow a promenade, outside the cabins, the whole length of the boat while, exclusive of the cabins, 25 feet clear is afforded forward and twelve feet aft. She is lighted through- out with electricity, a plant furnishing 350 lights having been supplied by the Canadian General Electric Company. In fact, nothing seems to have been neglected by the company which was considered as at all likely to add to the comfort of passengers. The dining room seats comfortably over fifty people, is a model of neatness, and quite in keeping with the sleeping apartments provided. These include twenty-two double and twenty-two single berths. Some of these are ensuite and all are provided with running water, lavatories, electric bells, and, in fact, all the accessories of a modern hotel or private dwelling. Another important feature is the ventilation of all the rooms. This is accomplished by the use of steam fans, by means of which the passenger can practically gauge the temperature to suit himself. These features, together with the really elegant furniture supplied throughout, brought the cost of the " Queen " up to nearly $40,000. 



Both of these boats were owned by the Rideau Lakes Navigation Company which operated on the Rideau Canal around the turn of the last century, Their fleet seems to have consisted of only the "Rideau King" and the "Rideau Queen", both the same 112 foot length, built especially for fitting through the locks.

The Canal

The War of 1812 fresh in their minds, the 126 mile Rideau canal was constructed by the British government as a military project during 1825 to 1832 at a cost of five million dollars. Running from Kingston to Ottawa Ontario, it was built as a bypass of the St. Lawrence river. In case of war this route, in conjunction with the Ottawa river, would furnish an alternate water passage between Montreal and the Great Lakes. 
It was soon obsoleted by the arrival of the railways and other factors.  By 1900 the Rideau was already a tourist attraction, the route consists of a string of remote lakes and rivers connected by a series of locks, twenty three in total. Only about 12 miles is man-made. 
The canal was designated as a historical site in 1925 and has been restored and maintained and is still a popular attraction for boaters. 

Campion Motorcycles

 Campion built motorcycles from 1901-1927, so this catalog of lightweights represented the cheaper offerings towards the end. Proprietary engines were used, and they seem to be not dissimilar to other motorcycles of the time.




1922 488 cc Model

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Canadian Pacific Hudson 2850


CPR number 2850 was one of  sixty five semi-streamlined Hudsons bought by the company for high speed passenger service. This locomotive was used to pull the Royal train when The King and Queen made their 1939 visit. The locomotive required no adjustments or repairs for the whole trip. When it was retired it was put on display at the Canadian railway museum in Delson, Quebec. 


Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Nimbus motorcycle


Nimbus "Stovepipe" 1919-26


Engine cross section


1934-60 model, It does look like it could be the basis for the carousel motorcycle in this post.

Dobro picks, 1982


Dobro was better known for their line of resonator guitars. The Dobro manufacturing company was started by John Dopyera and his brother Emil in 1928 to make their unique instruments, no word on when picks were added to their product line. 

Monday, February 11, 2019

Carousel motorcycle

Reportedly made by Zundapp before WW2 for a fairground ride, this is one of the more realistic ones I've seen.  I wonder how many of these survive...



thanks, Rolf!


Sunday, February 10, 2019

Poster, Soaring Association of Canada

Design by Jim Carpenter for the Soaring Association of Canada.
A Google search shows that he designed multiple posters for the SAC, however I cannot find any information on him at all.

Saturday, February 9, 2019

Garamond Font

R S Hutchings; The Western Heritage of Type Design, Cory Adams & Mackay 1963
I've never got too much into typography, but I was recently skipping through a book on the subject and I discovered the common Garamond font has been with us for half a millenium!

Sidecar Sunday

BSA Golden Flash outfit

We used to make things in this country # 299; Magnesium snowshoes by Magline of Canada




Designed by Douglas TĂȘtu in 1950 and developed and manufactured by the company Magline of Arnprior, Ontario, these magnesium framed and steel cable webbed snowshoes became the standard snowshoes of militaries all over the world. The magnesium came from mines near Renfrew, Ontario and the threading was done by various subcontractors, including natives on nearly reserves. The webbing was designed for Magline by Mary Commanda, an Algonkian Indian from the Golden Lake reserve who based her pattern on the traditional designs of the Algonkians. 
 This set of unknown age was manufactured by Northland Tire of Kirkland Lake, Ontario.
This 1982 link mentions that Magline of Canada got a contract to supply the US army with snowshoes, however, a google search doesn't find the company around today.

Engine by Peugeot- for motorcycles


Friday, February 8, 2019

Elektronmetall salesman's sample

thanks, Rolf
Here is a rare thing. It is a tiny model engine made for a EC Kolben (piston) salesman to show as a sample demonstrating the company's capabilities in Elektron metal (a form of magnesium alloy).  The metal was mainly used in aviation and race cars, the VW Beetle engine and transmission were also made of the metal. The EC company became part of Mahle KG in 1938. 
More here; Collectorsweekly
The company is still around, still known for its automotive components including what they started with, pistons.





Mini truck

British Car Show, 2018

Thursday, February 7, 2019

Heath Henderson Four

Mid-Atlantic Air Museum
The Henderson motorcycle inline 4 engine was modified by the Heath company, for use in its kit airplane, the Parasol. It was a good choice for the project, the engine was cheap, available and dependable.  Heath modified the lubrication system and valves to improve reliability.

GTW caboose

Remember cabooses? I thought this looked a little foreign for a Grand Trunk Western caboose. Turns out 75965 was originally PRR 477954 and then ex-Penn Central 23019 Class N5C. 
It is now on display outside at Gorham, New Hampshire.


Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Triumph Super Seven



thanks, Rolf!
Once again, great graphics.

Grand Trunk Western 6038

Built in 1925 by Baldwin... this is one of five built for the company which was absorbed by the Canadian National a few years later. This locomotive, along with others of the same class, were updated and modernized over the years. Four of the five lasted till 1961.

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

More atomic dreaming

Seems legit...

Auburn Boattail Speedster

The Automobile Collection, Heritage Plantation of Sandwich, 1986
This is a strange, odd angle, unflattering view of what is, in most views, a stunningly beautiful car. However the signature tail and stylish paint scheme are shown to advantage so let's study those aspects of the design. 

Monday, February 4, 2019

Steamboat Emeline

 Built in Ohio, sailed in Maine waters for only two years before moving on to the New York area. Despite the poor quality picture I agree with the caption, that is a handsome steamboat.

Mystery Monday

The Classic Motorcycle, 1990
Although this picture comes from an old British magazine, The sign behind the motorcyclist's arm identifies the location as Canadian. Only thing, what city? Sun life's head office was in Montreal in 1924 but this doesn't look like their building. So, what city was the picture taken in?

Sunday, February 3, 2019

Model 1217 Project-o-chart

thanks, Kevan!
This is an old medical device, its purpose is to project eye charts onto a wall. Can't say how well worked but it seems to have been in use for at least 50 years. Styling-wise its a bit of a mix and match...Art Deco base and a 1950s Buck Rogers hairdryer head.