Monday, April 30, 2018

Micrometers at the ready...

Still relevant despite the digital revolution...

Airline luxury in 1949

A view of the cabin in a Canadair North Star belonging to Canadian Pacific Airlines. Look at that aisle! 
Fifty two first class or sixty two economy passengers enjoyed this space in close proximity to four Rolls Royce Merlins.

Saturday, April 28, 2018

Sidecar Sunday

Thanks, Michael...
Alberta Provincial Police Patrol, Drumheller, Alberta, 1924

Buick Nauti-mobile

Ariel Leader

Russian T35 tank

The T35 was a heavy five-turret tank developed by the Russians starting in 1930. A crew of 12 manned a 76 mm gun, 2 37s and 3 machine guns. 61 were produced, most were lost to equipment failure. It was obsolete early in the war.

Thursday, April 26, 2018

de Havilland Dash 7

Larry Milberry, Aviation in Canada, McGraw-Hill Ryerson 1979
The first Dash 7 prototype flies over the Toronto Island airport past downtown and the newly completed CN Tower. This four engine STOL plane was popular with airlines flying to small airports. 
The first production units entered service in 1978 and 113 were built before being superseded by the Dash 8, a two engine aircraft with less STOL capability. About 30 remain in service, and the aircraft above resides at the Canada Aviation and Space museum in Ottawa.

Toyota Land Cruiser, 1970

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Greetings from Kingsfield, Me.


When I first found this image in an old book, I figured it had to be a joke but no, the Reeves OctoAuto was based on an 1910 Overland automobile and was produced in 1912 and 13. The design had to be influenced by looking at railway cars. Predictably it was not as success, nor was its slightly more sensible successor, the Sexto-Auto. 
Milton Reeves, the developer of these concepts, had earlier more conventional successes, notably a variable speed pulley system, a muffler patented in 1897 and an engine that was adopted by the Sears motor buggy

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Spitfire Mark XII

Ellison Hawks, British Seaplanes triumph in the Schneider Trophy Contests, Real Photographs 1945
Aesthetically, I do like the older non-clipped wing versions...

Enforcing Prohibition

An interesting submission from a reader (thank you M.M.!) It's prohibition time in Alberta (enforced between 1916 and 1924) so this October 1922 photo was taken late in the game. 
It appears the Alberta Provincial Police constables are proudly displaying a big haul of illicit booze seized on a freight train near the Alberta border.  As Prohibition in BC ended in 192, the whiskey must have been travelling east into the province.

Monday, April 23, 2018

New Imperial 1935

We've all pored over old airbrushed photos of old bikes trying to ascertain details for a "proper restoration". This appears to be a 1935 New Imperial posed in front of a white backdrop, ready for the photographer... and the retouching process. What a mess of wires and cables!

Bugattis on the beach, 1929

According to the caption of the book I found this in, this delightful photo by Jacques-Henri Lartigue was supposedly taken at the French Grand Prix at Le Mans in August of 1929, but as far as I know the racetrack at Lemans was nowhere near the ocean. Anyways, a nice shot of a child at the beach.

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Launch of the USS Cushing

Yankees Under Sail,  Edited by Richard Heckman, Yankee Inc. 1968
America's first torpedo boat, the USS Cushing is launched at the Herreshoff Manufacturing boatyards in 1890.

AC Arc Welding, 1922

Eventually we all had an AC stick welder in our garages. Just in time for the new inverter types.

Epic special, 3 in a Bed

I've been looking for this article for many years, my idea of a special...

Friday, April 20, 2018

Sharp-Arrow car

About 25 examples of the Sharp-Arrow automobile were built in Trenton New Jersey in 1908 and 1909. In 1910 William Sharp was fatally injured while practising for the Grand Prix race in Savannah, Georgia. With the death of the owner, the company closed up.

Curtiss Churchill St. factory

Two views of the Curtiss airplane factory on Churchill St in Buffalo, New York. The plant was in business from 1915 till 1930.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Union Manufacturing Drill Chucks

I'm not familiar with the action of this type of chuck, requiring 7 sizes for a range of drills- clearly they weren't the same as Jacobs chucks we're familiar with today. There also does not seem to be much information online about the New England company.

Stutz Lockhart 1928

 Frank Lockhart was an American racer who made his name at dirt track and later Indianapolis racing He also set land speed records. The 1928 streamlined car above was built for land speed records and was powered by a 16 cylinder (double in-line 8 Miller) engine. Racing on the beach at Daytona he blew a tire, crashed at over 200 mph and was killed. More here. Video here 

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Supermarine S.6B versus the Spitfire I

Ellison Hawks, British Seaplanes triumph in the Schneider Trophy Contests, Real Photographs 1945

Alec Issagonis, Lightweight Special

Alec Issigonis, designer of the Mini, prepares to go on the track in 1961. He is driving the race car he designed and built in his garage between 1933 and 1938. The car was light and stiff with an aluminum/plywood body braced with a steel frame. It was powered by an Austin 750 cc engine. 

Monday, April 16, 2018

Space shuttle proposal

Aviation Week and Space Technology, December 8,1969
Didn't happen.

Suffragettes in a Saxon car

The two women, Alice Burke and  Nell Richardson made an "automobile suffrage circuit tour" of the USA in 1916 promoting women's rights across all the states except New England. Saxon donated the car and used the resulting publicity to promote their cars reliability and drivability.
The "little yellow suffrage automobile"

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Hollinger Lancaster tanker

The Hollinger Ungava Transport company was formed just after WW2 to supply remote locations in Labrador where mining operations were opening up the province. Airfields were primitive (usually brand new and cut out of the woods) and the transport company used pretty much any plane they could find including this WorldWide Airways-owned Lancaster Mk1 tanker CF-GBA which crashed while landing at Menihek, Labrador with 3250 gallons of fuel on board. Below is the remains. The crew escaped. More here.
Larry Milberry, Aviation in Canada, McGraw-Hill Ryerson 1979

Pre Go Pro era, 1963

I guess this would be the chest cam with auxiliary non-wifi backpack model.