Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Lockheed Lodestar model

Museum of Science and Technology, Ottawa

Couldn't have said it better myself...

This 1925 ad featuring a bad pun is for a company that was long known for building jacks and lifting devices, in business at Dayton since 1873. 
A Google search reveals the company is still around today- making jacks and linear actuators, history here without the puns.
 How the company answered the call in WW2 here.

Rambler for 1964

Just another not-very-exciting ad for Rambler... but the first paragraph mentions seven transmissions options along with the "sports-action Twin Stick", something we had not heard of before. In short, it was a stick shift 3 speed manual transmission with a second lever to operate the electric overdrive unit. As it was only available from 1963-65 it must not have been too popular. 
For a complete explanation see Mac's Motor City Garage.
BTW the small print at the bottom urges us to watch the Danny Kaye show on CBS...
Thanks, Drew!

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Holding court

The county court house is moved by rail 20 miles from Hemingford to Alliance, Nebraska, July 1899.
Story here.

Toronto, 1928

Photo Toronto Public Library
Demolition for Eaton's College street store in 1928 looking east, I believe. None of the buildings in the image are standing today. 
Interesting to zoom in and look at the details. All the useable wood is stacked up neatly, plaster and lath is left piled up where the buildings used to be. Horses are patiently waiting for their wagons to be filled up while cars and trucks are parked along the streets.  Behind the building on the right- 406 Yonge street- are three motorcycles, two with sidecars, the third the rider is checking his engine, like ya do... 

Monday, June 17, 2019

More Giordani

This toy is similar to the children's pedal toy I posted a few days ago, but is made by Giordani. It's available for sale in Holland if anyone is interested, please send me an email. 

Monday Mystery- Pulse jet

thanks,Rolf you have interesting things!

Here's something that could be fun. It looks like a model for a rocket-powered railcar- and that's about all we know.
 Google-translate thinks the language is Polish but doesn't seem to be able to make anything out of it. Any ideas?

Trimo pipe wrench

The Trimont Tool company was located in Roxbury Massachusetts. Company history here.

1965 Chrysler Newport

BSA Lightning

Paris Vintage Meet
It's turning into BSA week! With the grey frame, this would be a 1971 model. This was the famous too-tall oil-in-frame model, available in both low pipe and scrambler versions.
More BSA Twin stuff here.

Sunday, June 16, 2019

Sidecar Sunday

Paris Vintage Meet 2019

Kids pedal toy

This lovely item is scaled to fit a two year old, its tiny. Seen at the 2019 Paris Vintage Motorcycle meet.

All Power Deluxe piston ring groove cleaner

 This extravagant tool by All Power looks like some medical device but is simply a piston ring groove cleaner. It must have been expensive!

Saturday, June 15, 2019

BSA Rocket 3 in chartreuse

Roberto Patrignani & Mario Columbo, Petites et Grosses Motos, 1971
The crazy 60s colour must be a custom paint job.

thanks, Drew!

Friday, June 14, 2019

Central Air Conditioning by Carrier, 1955

Encyclopedia Americana, Canada Edition, 1955
Looks huge but it's hard to determine the scale.
"So you want to put all that into a window, huh?"

Thursday, June 13, 2019

BSA Rocket 3 exploded view

That is one complex assembly of parts! Illustration by A O Sullivan, of whom we can find no information online.
thanks, Drew!

Jensen C-V8

 Here's one you don't see every day, this was on a side street in downtown Toronto.  The Jensen C-V8 was manufactured from 1962-66 and most were supplied with Chrysler powertrain, either a 361 or 383 cu inch engine coupled to a Torqueflite transmission, making it a very fast car. 500 were produced.

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Popcorn vendor, Massachusetts, 1908

Bus by Daimler Benz


The Motorcycle Driver

Lotte Laserstein, The Motorcycle Driver, 1929, oil on panel. 
About the artist.

Monday, June 10, 2019

Lotus 11

Less than 300 of these were built between 1956 and 58. Although each was handbuilt, the intention was to produce a uniform production model. All you need to know here. 
This one was seen at the Crawford Museum in Cleveland.

Cleveland air races 1932

Sunday, June 9, 2019

Old Ironsides, 1832

Matthias Baldwin of Philadelphia moved out of the jewelry-making business in 1825 and in partnership with machinist David Mason started making bookbinding tools and cylinders for printing cloth. Soon, business had grown enough to require a steam engine to power the machines in the factory. After buying an (unsuccessful) steam engine, they built their own. This vertically-oriented engine was very successful, bringing orders for similar machines.
By 1830, news of British experiments in railway steam power had reached the US and from drawings and descriptions,  Baldwin constructed a model locomotive for the Philadelphia Museum, large enough to give rides to 4 adults at a time in two towed wagons around a circular track. Demonstrating this toy brought an order from the Germantown and Norristown railroad for one in full size. 
 After scouting out and studying a nearby unassembled locomotive imported from England, he built "Old Ironsides" pictured above. Weighing about 5 tons, the four wheeler had 54" diameter driving wheels located at the rear, powered by nearly horizontal cylinders located between the smokebox and the front wheels.
 According to the Baldwin catalog, the sketch of the "Ironsides" is by a Mr. H. R. Campbell, who was the Chief Engineer of the Germantown and Norristown Railroad when the locomotive was placed in service. Although it suffered from teething issues, Campbell helped Baldwin work through these problems and helped develop the design into a successful locomotive which was used on the line for the next twenty years.
The United States Gazette of Nov. 24th, 1832, remarked:
"A most gratifying experiment was made yesterday afternoon on the Philadelphia, Germantown and Norristown Railroad. The beautiful locomotive engine and tender, built by Mr. Baldwin, of this city, whose reputation as an ingenious machinist is well known, were for the first time placed on the road. The engine traveled about six miles, working with perfect accuracy and ease in all its parts, and with great velocity."
The Chronicle of the same date noticed the trial more at length, as follows:
"It gives us pleasure to state that the locomotive engine built by our townsman, M. W. Baldwin, has proved highly successful. In the presence of several gentlemen of science and information on such subjects, the engine was yesterday placed upon the road for the first time. All her parts had been previously highly finished and fitted together in Mr. Baldwin's factory. She was taken apart on Tuesday and removed to the Company's depot, and yesterday morning she was completely together, ready for travel. After the regular passenger cars had arrived from Germantown in the afternoon, the tracks being clear, preparation was made for her starting. The placing fire in the furnace and raising steam occupied twenty minutes. The engine (with her tender) moved from the depot in beautiful style, working with great ease and uniformity. She proceeded about half a mile beyond the Union Tavern, at the township line, and returned immediately, a distance of six miles, at a speed of about twenty-eight miles to the hour, her speed having been slackened at all the road crossings, and it being after dark, but a portion of her power was used. It is needless to say that the spectators were delighted. From this experiment there is every reason to believe this engine will draw thirty tons gross, at an average speed of forty miles an hour, on a level road. The principal superiority of the engine over any of the English ones known, consists in the light weight,—which is but between four and five tons,—her small bulk, and the simplicity of her working machinery. We rejoice at the result of this experiment, as it conclusively shows that Philadelphia, always famous for the skill of her mechanics, is enabled to produce steam-engines for railroads combining so many superior qualities as to warrant the belief that her mechanics will hereafter supply nearly all the public works of this description in the country."

Saturday, June 8, 2019

Sidecar Sunday

Farming in the 'fifties

Sectioned Honda vertical shaft mower engine

thanks, Rolf!

Heavy duty casters

I rescued these heavy cast iron casters from a piano that was being scrapped. I have no use for them... but they're too good to throw out...

Friday, June 7, 2019

Giordani army pedal car

thanks, Rolf!
The Giordani pedal car company; "the factory of happiness" 

Ten thousand Sunbeams

Production of the S7 Sunbeam started after WW2, by November 1951,10,000 had been built. The joyful and lavish ceremony is pictured above.

Thursday, June 6, 2019

Electric trucks, USSR

On the Yalta to Simferopol highway in the USSR in 1961, trolley trucks share the road with trolley buses. 
Maybe this is a solution to inflight charging for your Tesla on a long distance trip.

Bikes in the 'hood, Honda Interceptor

 First available in 1983, the Interceptor was the first bike we saw with a 16 inch front wheel, though the GS750 from Suzuki was close behind. It was a popular motorcycle though many owners experienced engine problems in the form of excessive camshaft wear. To Honda's credit they extended the warranty period and tried several fixes. Too late, the bike was discontinued after 1985.