Thursday, September 29, 2016

NYC traffic, 1922

Mass Transportation Magazine, January 1954

Double deck buses on Fifth Ave NYC, 1922

Derbi 392 cc Four

1954 Derbi racebike prototype.
Seen at the Barcelona Moto Museo, 2014

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Jaguar XK120

Lord Montagu of Beaulieu, Jaguar, Jaguar Cars, 1990

Starting with the chassis of the Mark V and with the new 160 hp OHC 6 cylinder XK engine, a new sportscar was required and William Lyon designed a new bodied car for the 1948 Motor Show. The new car was the XK120. X was experimental, K from the version number of the engine and 120 was again taken from the top speed of the car.  The car was a tremendous success for Jaguar. In 1949 speed tests in Belgium, one achieved the remarkable speed of 135 mph.  At the Le Mans 24 hr race in 1950, one finished third. Between 1948 and 1954 12,000 were constructed and the car is recognized as a classic today..

Avery Manufacturing Co.

Floyd Clymer, Album of Historical Steam Traction Engines, Bonanza 1949

I posted a small Avery gas tractor a few days ago, turns out there were two unrelated Avery Farm machinery companies. This one was a large innovative farm implement company started after the Civil War. It enjoyed prosperity making threshers and steam tractors for a number of decades but the rest of the world had caught up by World War 1. The company struggled through the Depression and by WW2 closed its doors for good.

P40 Maintenance

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Drill-mounted wire brush, 1921

Railway Mechanical Engineer, June 1921

Melmac and Beetle

Aviation Yearbook, February 1942 McGraw-Hill
In the 1940s a new thermosetting urea-formaldehyde based material joined bakelite and celluloid as moldable plastics. Melamine became a staple material for tableware and other consumer products.

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Sidecar Sunday

Jaguar Mark V

Lord Montagu of Beaulieu, Jaguar, Jaguar Cars, 1990

The Mark V Saloon was introduced in September 1948 and was Jaguar's first postwar design. 1005 were built between 1948 and 1951.

Friday, September 23, 2016

Clark Electric

Don Vesco

Cycle Guide Jan 1976
In October of 1975, as part of the AMA Roadrace festival at Ontario Motor Speedway, a vintage race was held. Don Vesco (shown here) rode a 1936 Norton International owned by Jim Sitz.
 "Nice pants, Don..."

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Wright Hoist

 Mr. Hal Wright developed the Wright Hoist in Lisbon, Ohio in the 1920s. The company was sold in 1928 and moved to York, Pennsylvania. Mr Hal Wright Jr. later started Chester Hoist with a design like his fathers. That company is still around.

Jacobs aircraft engines

Jacobs was founded in 1929 and became known or its 7 cylinder radial engine, which powered Cessnas, Fleets and other trainers and other small planes including the Canadian-made Avro Ansons. After the war they were absorbed into Republic Industries. More history here.

Wolseley 6/90

British Car Day

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Avery model V

 The Model V was a small one furrow tractor manufactured by the B.F. Avery & Sons Company of Louisville Kentucky. Power was a 65 cu in engine made by Hercules. Production years were 1947-1952. The company was bought by Minneapolis Moline.

"Box Spring"

That looks comfortable!  Late 19th Century bed frame at Rockland Breakwater Lighthouse.

Launch of the Athabaskan

The tribal class destroyer Athabaskan was built in England, launched Nov. 18 1941 and commissioned into the Canadian navy on Feb. 3 1943. Both the Iroquois and Athbaskan were being built at the same time when a German air raid damaged the Iroquois. The Athabaskan was renamed Iroquois and went into service first. Five months later, the renamed Athabaskan was commissioned.
 During the 14 months she was in service, accidents and damage kept her out of action for 5 months. On April 29 1944 while in the Bay of Biscay, she was torpedoed and sunk. 
Below, possibly the last picture taken of the Athabaskan.

Monday, September 19, 2016

Toronto Armories

Sept 10 1939, Canada has declared war on Germany, the armed forces starts to prepare...

Ski Doo prototypes

We had a nice visit to Valcourt, Quebec to see the Bombardier Museum. On display were the first couple of Ski Doo prototypes. Unfortunately (to me anyway) the really interesting prototypes and other machines are stacked up in the storeroom, inaccessibly behind a large plate glass window and below is as close as you can get to them..

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Marcos Mantis 2+2

Seen at the British Car Day, Oakville

Montreal Street Railway innovation

Mass Transportation Magazine January 1954
In 1905 the Montreal Street Railway shops built the first pay-as-you-enter street car. The entry way was lengthened and a rail divided the area. Two doors were furnished, one opening in for entry, the other opening out for exit. It was an important step in the "circulating-load" system of handling passengers and other cities soon followed Montreal's lead.

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Sidecar Sunday

Swallow Sidecar

One of my vices is vises, Maple Leaf

We visited the Bombardier Mueum in Valcourt the other day, in the "his old garage" section was this 5 inch vise, appropriately enough, Made in Canada... I can't find much info on the manufacturer, but someone online suggests that Maple Leaf was an economy line of Gray Tools.
Below, another found near Perth, Ontario.

Velocette 1956

Friday, September 16, 2016

Howard Aviation

Ben "Benny" Howard, designer of the "Mister Mulligan" racing plane formed Howard Aviation after winning both the Bendix and Trompson trophies in 1935. Between 1936 and 1939 the company produced about 30 airplanes. During WW2 they supplied light cargo planes and air ambulances to the US Navy and closed in 1944.

Jaguar Mk5

As the SS name had taken a sinister quality during WW2 the SS company changed their name to Jaguar. They sold off the sidecar business to concentrate on cars. 
Jaguars first new postwar car was this Mk5 of which about 10,000 were built between 1948 and 1951.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Travel with CPR in Depression years

The CPR promoted short local trips in an effort to increase ridership during the depression era.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Another job you don't want to do. Coal miner in Britain

Asa Briggs, The Power of Steam, University of Chicago Press, 1982

British coal miners descend into the mine on a makeshift steam hoist. One leg in, one leg out, four per bucket, presumably this is before workplace safety became a concern...

Eternum 500 wrench

Here's another of the Paris flea market wrenches. Another name I can't find any info on but the only interesting thing about it is the 120 degree angle in the jaw. In theory I suppose it might allow a third corner of the bolt to bear on the wrench but I can't really see it offering any significant advantage over the usual two contact point jaw.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Weston Aircraft Instruments

Aviation Yearbook February 1942 McGraw-Hill
The company, begun as the Weston Electric Instrument company on 1888, started in the aviation business in the mid-thirties and though having been bought, merged or other several times is still around today as part of the Esterline company.