Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Know your calipers, Part 1

Tools and their uses, Prepared by the US Navy (Bureau of Naval Personnel)

Collect the whole set!

End of the line, trolley department

LA streetcars piled up for scrapping.

Jet Engines, 1955

Encyclopedia Americana, Canada Edition, 1955

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Design rendering by Bertrand Goldberg

1949 rendering by architect and industrial designer Bertrand Goldberg of a refrigerated Swift Cold Front Express truck for the Pressed Steel Car Company. This company built mainly railway cars, was closed in 1956 and I can find no evidence that the truck in the rendering was ever built.

Monday, July 29, 2019

Monday mystery, unknown wrench

This could have been labeled "Useless Wrench". 
The jaw on the left could be used on square head set screws, but I can't figure out a use for the one on the right- and does not seem to have been modified later in life. No markings on it at all.

Sunday, July 28, 2019

BMW plunger-suspension cutaway

Thanks, Rolf!


Hop in!

Sidecar Sunday

Answering the oft-asked question, how many people will fit on a rig?

Saturday, July 27, 2019

Sea Hawks flying inverted

This aerobatic performance by the Navy team "Sea Hawks" was a highlight in the 1928 Air Races, held in  Los Angeles.

Roper Whitney Inc. hand punch

This big beautiful tool was seen at Liberty Tool in Maine, It appears to be a hand operated punch press for sheet metal. Good to see Roper Whitney is still around making sheet metal tools, though not this one.

Ford Cab-over-engine

I always like this truck configuration, possibly a 1951 model?
 Seen at the Owls Head Transportation Museum.

Thursday, July 25, 2019

Arthur James Fish hooks

Collection of  Cape Ann Museum

Aerocar trailers, 1928

Designed by Glen Curtiss in his spare time after he had left the aircraft business and was enjoying another career as a Florida land developer. 
The images below are from (scroll down)

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Trolley racing

In a 1930 publicity stunt, car number 126 of the Cincinnati and Lake Erie Railroad outruns a biplane near Dayton, Ohio. Running from Cincinnati to Toledo, the line had just opened, it would last till 1939.

1967 Morris Minor Woodie

Maine lobster

An anonymous sculpture seen at a antique store. Quite clever, I could never have imagined a golf club as a lobster claw...

Monday, July 22, 2019

One of my vices is vises. Chief

Vises like this were made for various retailers by Littlestown Hardware and Foundry in Pennsylvania. I'm not sure who used Chief as a brand.  Previous post here.
Company history here. 
Catalog here.

John Deere Model LA

10.5 hp at the drawbar, oddball styling... 1946 model I believe?

Postcard from Maine

We're currently on vacation in Maine, sorry for the erratic posts...

Sunday, July 21, 2019

A course on Automotive construction from France

Complete with large scale model kit. 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