Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Hinckley Yachts in wartime

Hinckley yachts, still going strong today

Ranchero in the 'hood

I wonder if it's the same one as the one we saw at the Stirling Fleamarket 8 years ago.

Terrace Houses, Australia

From Rob Hillier.  Let's Buy a Terrace House.  (Sydney & London:  Ure Smith, 1967).

The author explains, "in Australia today the popular conception of a terrace house is one of Victorian vintage, mostly two storey, tall, long and narrow with decorative iron-lace balconies and not necessarily joined to others."

This style of architecture reached its peak in the 1880's, and predominated in Sydney and Melbourne.  At the time that this book was published, they had become hot properties for restoration. Hopefully the trend continued.  Beautiful iron work!

Rob Hillier (1913-1991) was the oldest son of Ernest Hillier, a famous Australian chocolate manufacturer.  He was best known for his fashion and advertising photography.  He discovered Maide Hann, an Australian glamour model of the 1940's.  He also took some great war photos, such as of a woman war worker repairing the engine on a Quantas Empire Airways flying boat.

Finnish Communication Centre, World War II

Päämajamuseo (Musée du Quartier-Général)
Marshal of Finland Mannerheim's Communications Centre Lokki was in a cave dug into the Naisvuori hill in Mikkeli, Finland.  It operated from 1941 to 1944.  Since 1995, it has been re-opened to the public as a museum.

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Schooner Wyoming

 The 6 masted schooner Wyoming at her launch at Bath Maine on December 15 1909.

The Wyoming carried bulk loads up and down the coast for 15 years. On 24 March 1924 she foundered off the Massachusetts coast in a storm and the entire crew of 14 was lost.

Flight to Manila; April 24- July12 1932

Pilot Fernando Rein Loring standing in front of his self-modified "Loring SE-ll" with which he flew solo more than 15,000 km from Madrid to Manila, Philippines, in the spirit of fostering better relations between the two countries.
 The flight was the first private plane to make the trip and was noted as successful though taking longer than he had planned, encouraging him to repeat it a year later in a Comper Swift. The Spanish aviator was the first to fly alone between Hong Kong and Manila, an over-water 650-mile trip on which Glenn Brophy, Canadian flier lost his life in 1931 while mapping mail routes.

Hmmm, a Canadian connection. More on Glen Brophy in another post.

TV in 1927: "Commercial use in doubt"


On display at a local museum.  I have no idea what it was designed to do.

Management versus workers

Introduction to Work Study.  Geneva:  International Labour Office, 1969.  (2nd Edition, Revised)
Management has a lot to answer for!

Monday, April 28, 2014

Handley Page Hampton

First flown in 1936, the Hampton was a British medium bomber that saw a lot of use in the early part of the war. It was no match for German fighters and attrition was high. Canada built 160 units, of which about half were stationed on the west coast where they were used for training. 
Today there no flying examples though one is on display at The Canadian Museum of Flight in Langley BC. It was built up from one that was recovered from the bottom of the ocean as well as parts from two other recovered wrecks.

IRZ carburetors

 IRZ carburetors were used by Spanish companies in the sixties before they transitioned over to Amals and later Bing carburetors. They seem to be a simple straightforward device but there is not much info on them or how to tune them. The air screw on my Bultaco Sherpa T was opened 8 turns when I took it apart to clean it. Can't be right, I'm used to a spec of 1 1/2 turns for most low speed jets. That info I can't find. 
Update: according to the Bultaco Manual 1 1/2 -2 turns ought to be about right.

Nazi tail planes and nasty spring rains

Sentinels of Peace.  The Soviet Armed Forces.  Moscow:  Progress Publishers, 1980.

Grease monkeys

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Reading Railroad 4-4-4

Edwin Alexander, American Locomotives, 1900-1950; Bonanza Books 1950
In Canada this wheel arrangement was called "Jubilee" and the Canadian Pacific used them for light fast passenger service. Reading built four of these about 1915 for the same purpose. They were powerful and fast but apparently unstable. The railway rebuilt them  in 1916 with a two wheel trailing truck.

Bultaco Dual Lever Suspension

Photographs from Francisco Herraros, Bultaco, A Passion for the Sport. Moto Retro 2001

Another one that didn't make production. A long-travel parallelogram type of suspension that Bultaco was experimenting with in 1973-75. Rear wheel travel was up to 6 inches of travel. Chain drive was via jackshaft, transferred to the right side of the rear wheel.

Argus Radios, WWII

National Geographic, September 1943
The company and its products are celebrated through the Argus Museum in Ann Arbor.

For more on their history, see my previous post,  Butt Film Splicer.

Roller coaster, 1950's

The World Book Encyclopedia.  Chicago:  Field Enterprises Educational Corporation, 1958.
Not quite the Kingda Ka but, heck, it was the Fifties.

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Sidecar Sunday

Bristol Bolingbroke

Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum
626 of this Bristol Blenheim variant were built in Canada between 1939 and 1944.

One of my vices is vises, Unknown

A 4 inch vise seen at a local swap meet. No manufacturer's marks on it, and the seller was nowhere to be found!

Deep Sea Divers, 1936

Remember the guy, back row, third from the left?  What was his name?

Playboy's Party Jokes.  Playboy Pocket Books, 1963.

The battle-wise Infantryman ... is careful

The battle-wise infantryman ... is careful what he says or writes
James Jones.  WW II. A Chronicle of Soldiering.  Ballantine, 1977.

Friday, April 25, 2014

1955 Lester MG

According to the article in a 1955 The Autocar there were two of these distinctive fibreglass-bodied cars being built to compete in the 1.5 litre class with intentions of building another two of 1.1 litre capacity using Coventry Climax engines. However I am unable to find much info on the vehicles. Though it could be a Lester Riley

BSA Thunderbolt

"C'mon darling, you can trust me...."


Norman Hall & Basil Burton (Eds.)  Photography Year Book 1956.
London:  Photography Mgazine, 1955.
Does this photo make it look fat?


Before Photoshop, there were mechanical pantographs.  These interesting devices don't show up in my neck of the woods very often.  The good ones have lovely knurled parts.

First, a plastic cheapo "Sketch-a-Graph" made in Canada by Linco in Oakville, Ontario.  (Their location is now home to a hard electroplating firm.)

Second, a nicer wooden one made in Taiwan for REX Graphic Supply, a division of the American Pin and Fastener Corporation of Tempe, Arizona:

Finally, a very nice, all-aluminum one, also made in Taiwan but sold through Leichtung Workshops of Cleveland Ohio, one of the original tool mail-order businesses.  It's copyrighted 1988:

You can actually make your own, less accurate version using a rubber band:

As an aside, the term "pantograph" was also used to denote a type of electrical switch!
Canada 1962.  The official handbook of present conditions and
recent progress.  
Ottawa:  Information Services Division,
 Dominion Bureau of Statistics, 1962.