Monday, October 23, 2017

Vanished Makers: Aircraft Standard Parts Co., Rockford, Illinois

I was digging through my drawer full of hose clamps and discovered these old ones.  Aero-Seal by the Aircraft Standard Parts Company. From what I can discover, the company was created during World War II, and employed a lot of women to make clamps and other aviation parts for the war effort:

Source:  Rockford Public Library

The "Aero-Seal" trademark was first registered in 1943.  Following the war, the company marketed the clamps in publications like Motorboating and Popular Science:


Popular Science, September 1947

By the late 1940's, the company had been acquired by the Breeze Corporations of Newark, New Jersey:
Motorboating, August 1948

Motorboating, January 1949

Breeze Industrial Products was acquired by the German Norma Group in 2007.  Aero-Seal clamps are still sold under this name.

I can't discover how the American licensing worked, since this type of clamp was invented in 1921 by ex Royal Navy Commander Lumley Robinson, who founded L. Robinson & Co (Gillingham) Ltd., a business in Gillingham, Kent. The company owns the trademark for Jubilee Clip.

Baia Splice Tapes

When splicing your 8mm and Super 8 movies was a pretty regular chore.

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Motorcycle stamps

Motorcycle Collector Magazine May 1993

Gevaert film

The ad above was pasted inside of my 1951 Gevaert "Gevabox" box camera, which was made for Gevaert by Hermann Wolff GmbH of Wuppertal, Germany.

Below, a company ad from 1955:

Norman Hall & Basil Burton (Eds.)  Photography Year Book 1956. 
London:  Photography Magazine, 1955.

Lieven Gevaert was a Belgian photographer who began making his own photographic papers in Antwerp.  In 1894, he founded L. Gevaert & Cie, eventually expanding the company's product line.  By 1904, he had moved his firm to Mortsel and was making his own branded film rolls.  In 1920, the firm was renamed Gevaert Photo Producten.  In 1964, it merged with Agfa AG and Bayer AG, becoming Agfa-Gevaert.  The company is still going strong, although it no longer makes film.

Good Reads: Thunder At Dawn, 1981

This is a ripping good yarn, a real page-turner.  First published in 1978 in Great Britain by Hodder & Stoughton, the Coronet Edition came out initially in 1980.  Born in Sunderland in 1930, Alan Evans was the nom de plume of Alan Stoker who wrote a number of books for both adults and children.  He passed away in 2006. Based on the Battle of Coronel, Thunder At Dawn is the first of his six-book series featuring Commander David Cochrane Smith.  I'll have to keep my eyes open for the others!

The cover illustration is by Chris Mayger (1919-1994).

Sidecar Sunday

Planes in Formation, Grumman F4-Bs

American Heritage History of Flight, 1962
On display at the Smithsonian

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Zeppelin service to South America, 1935

EUMIG Electric ciné camera, c. 1955

According to its Wikipedia entry, EUMIG was an acronym for Elektrizitäts und Metallwaren Industrie Gesellschaft, or the "Electricity and Metalware Industry Company."  Founded in 1919, it produced both radios and camera equipment.  During WWII, it made several models of the Volksempfänger or "People's Radio", required listening in Nazi Germany.  After the war, it prospered and by 1975 had become the largest film projector manufacturer in the world, employing 5,000 people to produce half a million projectors a year.  It all came to an end in 1982, when the company declared bankruptcy.  The EUMIG patent for macro system lenses was sold to the Japanese company Canon. 


I've had this little bulb atomizer for ages.  It speaks of a different age, where you refilled things rather than throwing them away when they were empty.

Dr. Allen DeVilbiss is credited with inventing this device.

For more on the history of atomizers, read Early Atomizer History.