Tuesday, February 28, 2023
Monday, February 27, 2023
Broken Driver, 1917
No info available on the sequence of events here, but the side and connecting rod are gone, the center driver is broken and the steel tire is missing. Did a broken rod smash the wheel? Another view of the broken cast spokes are shown below.
|Robert C. Reed, Train Wrecks, A Pictorial History of Accidents on the Main Line, Bonanza Books, 1968|
Sunday, February 26, 2023
Vespa production line
Vespa motor scooters being assembled on the Pontedera factory production line in the early 1950s. The Vespa was probably the most successful of the sixteen moped and light motorcycles shown at the Milan motorcycle show in 1946.
Saturday, February 25, 2023
Maxtech Mechanic wrench
I picked this wrench up for the sole reason it was of the half moon, manifold/starter wrench configuration- I've never owned or had the need for one, especially in 5/16" and 3/8" but hey...
The name was unfamiliar, turns out Maxtech is a Canadian company that started in 1977 and is still around today- selling tools made overseas to stores like Lowes and Walmart. Sorry to say the quality seems rather indifferent, and county of origin isn't even marked- I suspect China on this one. Company history here.
Sidesaddle not straddle
Friday, February 24, 2023
Velocette racer, 1924
Another job you probably wouldn't want to do... Asbestos mining
Sywell Air Display, 1963
Thursday, February 23, 2023
Grain elevator construction at Estavan, Sasatchewan 1908
Members of the work crew pose with their almost completed elevator, using some of the ;lumber that didn't get exported. Helping keep Canada's grain exports up!
Wednesday, February 22, 2023
Kawasaki H1 1970
Tuesday, February 21, 2023
Escalating Fordist contradictions...
|David Gartman, Auto Opium, A Social History of American Automobile Design, Routledge, 1994|
Here's an interesting one. Wondertool (tm) made in England. At one end is a glass cutter, (not numbered) but then there are four functions 1)- cutting wheels, 2)- cutting wheel and a stationary blade, 3)- fold out utility blade and 4) possibly notches for breaking glass?
Oddly, the show side with screw heads are on the "Made in England" side, the named side gets the messier nuts. Not much info online, and not even a bottle opener included, what kind of a multitool is this, anyway?
Monday, February 20, 2023
Introducing the Ford Model A 1928
I don't run into the USAG line of wrenches very often, this Italian company seems to supply tool kits for all the exotic Italian cars. It's an impressive and good looking chunk of metal.
From the USAG site; The USAG brand was established in 1926, when entrepreneur Hermann Amos built the first manufacturing plant in Gemonio, Italy under the name Utensileria Società Anonima Gemonio.
The company is still around and the recent history sounds all too familiar. In 1991 USAG became part of the French Group Facom Tools S.A., then of the American Group The Stanley Works and, by March 2010, of the Multi-National Group Stanley Black & Decker Inc.
Sunday, February 19, 2023
This is apparently one of the very few Greyhound motorcycles left in existence. It would appear to be a 1911-12 model.
The name E.R Thomas was associated with several motor-related ventures in Buffalo around the turn of the century. Among them are The Auto-Bi Company, Buffalo 1907-1909, Greyhound Motor Works, Buffalo 1909-1910, Greyhound Motor Company, Buffalo 1911-1912. None appear to have been any great commercial success. History here. Start about page 154.
Saturday, February 18, 2023
North Star Express
Porsche 914 1973
Posting this as an attempt to balance off the overexposure of the 911 on the internet, Let's hear a little love for this little square 2 litre mid-engined bit of fun...
Friday, February 17, 2023
Cycle car chassis
Thursday, February 16, 2023
RCAF Flying Boxcars
Wednesday, February 15, 2023
Franz electric metronome
Precision Quality Micrometer
Tuesday, February 14, 2023
Eclipse Coaster Brake
In 1911, The Eclipse Coaster Brake company started an ad campaign featuring both famous cyclists and Eclipse employees in fanciful larger than life situations, emphasizing... well, I don't know...
J C Ferguson was an employee, Clara Wagner was one of the first women motorcyclists in America, becoming known for her endurance racing successes.
What was the fuss about? A bicycle coaster brake, pedal backwards and the brake is applied, as all of us one speed pre-derailleur bicyclists knew...
1973 Dodge Challenger ad
First year for the 5 mph bumpers, not so bad... more here.
Interesting the use of a gouache rendering in 1970s advertising, no surprise the artist is not credited...
Monday, February 13, 2023
Know your Powell and Hanmer motorcycle lamps
Powell and Hanmer started making carbide lamps for bicycles and vehicles in the late 1880s, they soon were developing electric lights and dynamos. by the mid-twenties, they were large enough to threaten Lucas' business. In 1929 Lucas bought the company. Company history here.