Wednesday, June 30, 2021
I've seen lots of info on the exhibits at the Great Exhibition of 1851, held at the Crystal Palace in London. It was a huge structure, very advanced for its time, standing 128 feet tall and being 1850 feet long. The building was made of glass panels held in a cast iron frame, it must have been stunning. Incredibly after the exhibition it was dismantled and moved to Penge Place in London where it stood from 1854 till 1936, when it was destroyed by fire. Fire?
Tuesday, June 29, 2021
This product dates back to when the oil of milled flax seed (see previous post) was the new miracle substance. This can was sold as a wood finish and I remember my father using it to refinish gunstocks. Linseed oil was also a waterproofing agent for canvas, used in paints and varnishes and was the basis of linoleum, Being that it was presented as a new magic elixir, the oil was processed into different types of feed for various kinds of livestock and even showed up in medicines for people!
Monday, June 28, 2021
Of course, someone saw this and that sitting in a garage and though, I bet I could... Once you've managed to fit a flathead V8 in a motorcycle in a stylish way, what more would you want to do?
Ok, a Lincoln V12 might be a good challenge...
Saturday, June 26, 2021
Friday, June 25, 2021
Unusually, this adjustable wrench has company name on both sides of the handle, "upside down" on this side.
in 1908 the Diamond Calk Horseshoe company started making horseshoes and calks (traction inserts for horseshoes) in Duluth, Minnesota. By the 1920s, with less market for horseshoes they had branched out into railway supplies and wrenches. The business was successful and they continued in the tool business, adding pliers of different types.
The company remained a family business longer than most, being sold to Triangle in 1981. See Alloy-Artifacts for an extensive company history.
Thursday, June 24, 2021
Turns out it is the former Toronto Power Generating Station, built in 1906 to supply electricity to the City of Toronto, 75 miles away. Designed by architect E J Lennox, clearly no expense was spared in the decoration. It is an unusual example of the Beaux Art style applied to an industrial building but hey, electricity is the future! This was their solution to making a utility building in what was already a major tourist attraction. It couldn't be an eyesore. In 1922 the generating station was acquired by Ontario Hydro, who operated it till 1974.
But what to do with it now? It's all fenced in and boarded up. Not a church, dance halls are no longer in fashion, my vote is to rejuvenate the turbines, modernize the control systems, put it back to work and open it up for tours. It could be a monument to modern renewable energy, much more dependable and predictable than wind.
Wednesday, June 23, 2021
Tuesday, June 22, 2021
Monday, June 21, 2021
|Sept 88 Classic Motor Cycle|
Wooden body, skinny little wheels, ski-like fenders, a ridiculous horn and only 300 lbs. Are there brakes at all? The 700cc 2 stroke twin would have made this an exciting ride in 1916. John Carden built these cycle cars from 1914 to the early twenties before moving on to small tanks. Patent on the powertrain here (thanks Rolf!)
Painting by Fred Finley.
The caption read, Scene from the North Plant Forge Department, Atlas Steels Limited, Welland, Canada, showing a 12,000 lb pneumatic hammer and a 1000 ton press.
Date is unknown. The plant is still very much in business, now called Valbruna.
Apologies for the image quality, I photographed this print, hence the the glare in a few spots.
Sunday, June 20, 2021
|Dec 84 Classic Motor Cycle|
Here are two models that in my opinion fall short of that Brough appeal, The Brough Superior Dream, above with its stacked horizontally opposed engine and below ( continuing the car engines in a motorcycle series) the Austin-engined inline four longitudinally mounted which drove not one but two rear wheels. Both just look wrong to me.
|Feb 87 Classic Motor Cycle|
I see a Richardson patent from 1863 for the first ratchet wrench and on ebay is a bicycle wrench marked Richardson Chicago, it does not look related.