Monday, December 31, 2018

Carestream Revolution

I just had a medical adventure. While asleep in the hospital, an X-ray tech came into my room with a flamboyant X-ray machine. It unfolded itself at the end of my bed, took a photo of my chest with a plate behind me, folded itself up and was whisked away. It only took a few minutes. Progress is fine.

Friday, December 28, 2018

B.K. Elliott Drawing Cabinet

B.K Elliot was a long time seating and surveying store in Pittsburgh PA. I can’t find any history of the company but it seems to have disappeared.


Thursday, December 27, 2018

Steamboat Castine

This pretty little 71 foot steamboat was built at Brewer Maine in 1889. For 44 years the boat steamed around Penobscot Bay delivering passenger and freight to various docks, becoming part of shorefront community. In 1935, while working along Vinalhaven in the fog it ran up on a ledge and rolled. People panicked and were thrown in the water. Another steamer was nearby and rescued all but 4. During the night, the wind and waves came up and the boat was soon wrecked.

Sunday, December 23, 2018

Airplanes in Formation, Airacobra

Brooks Locomotive

George Abdill; A Locomotive Engineers Album, Bonanza Books 1965
The Brooks Locomotive company built this showy 0-6-0 in 1883 for display for the Chicago Exposition of Railway Appliances.  Without pilot or trailing wheels it doesn't look like a road locomotive, but the drivers seem too big for a switcher. 

Friday, December 21, 2018

BCATP, Deseronto

Airborne, A heritage stamp collection, Canada Post

The British Commonwealth Air Training Plan, Deseronto instrument flying school facility, year unknown.

Harper Runabout

The Classic Notorcycle Nov 1985
Competing at the 1922 Scottish 6 Days Trial, these odd little three wheelers were produced and entered by a Mr. R.O. Harper of Manchester. Powered by a 269 cc Villiers engine, neither of them finished. However, the next year R.O. Harper completed the course and won a silver medal.
A run of 250 had been contracted to be built by A V  Roe Aircraft. They were not commercially viable and the order was not repeated.

Sightseeing for motorcycles

Thanks, Rolf!

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Norton version of the Triumph TRW

The Classic Motorcycle Dec 18984
In 1953, Norton decided they should try to get some military business. Starting with the Dominator twin, they made a sidevalve top end for it. One prototype was made and tested, installed in a 16H frame, but the British military was already firmly committed to the Triumph TRW.

Jacobs radial exploded display

Columbia electric car 1897

In business from 1899 to 1910, the car was capable of 15 mph and priced as an urban luxury vehicle, costing about 25% more than the gasoline powered Curved Dash Olds.

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Brough Superior Mk 1

From the 1922 Factory catalog 

Wilbur Henry Adams, designer

Industrial design drawing for an Oliver Row Crop 61 Tractor.  circa 1944. 
Wilbur Henry Adams was not one of the better known names of his age but for two decades he worked as a designer, architectect and fine artist. His career was cut short by his death at 52 yrs of age.

Monday, December 17, 2018

Sunday, December 16, 2018

Dictionary stand

Back from the days when you looked after books. Made of well-detailed cast iron and oak, the stand protects the spine while compensating for the changing balance of weight forward and back through the book. No makers name on the device.

Saturday, December 15, 2018

Sidecar Sunday

Bicycle riding school, 1895

Thanks, Rolf!

Wellington, Grey, & Bruce Railway

September 13, 1870. A momentous occasion at Fergus Ontario, as the line is opened. Parliament chartered the railway in 1869 and - looking ahead! - it was leased to the Great Western Railway for 1000 years. The mainline from Guelph- (through Fergus) to Southampton was completed three years later and in the summer of 1874 had reached Kincardine. The new 168 mile line ran with Great Western equipment, including the locomotive Adam Brown and passenger train shown here in a celebration complete with bunting, marching bands and crowds of celebrants.
The railway line lasted 110 years and was abandoned in the 1980s.

1936 Supercharged Scott

Omaha, Nebraska docks, 1865

Thursday, December 13, 2018

1971 Bond Bug

The owners of this car drove up from New York State to The British car show in September.
  From the sign; 
Production 1970-74,
 2268 built
 all but six were orange
 Body is fibreglass
 Engine is 850cc about 40 hp. 
Top speed 76 mph.
Assembly in Tamworth UK.

Massey Harris engines, 1914