"Oh, you brought the barn I ordered? Just put it over there...."
Tuesday, October 31, 2023
Monday, October 30, 2023
From a 1950 National Geographic. I smiled about the dangers of Big City Congestion, but it's all relative. I'd love to see the 1950 route, I expect it's now endless stoplights, hotels and fast food outlets. The association (also known as the Ocean Highway Assoc.) was apparently started in the twenties, long before there were Interstates, in an effort to promote tourism. More here and here.
Sunday, October 29, 2023
I can't find any information on these but it seems to be a commemorative set of bookends for the event of the Canadian government's sell-off of the Canadian National Railway.
I dunno,,,, "Buy a million shares, get a set of bookends"? Anyways, a nice piece of history for the railway historian.
Saturday, October 28, 2023
This looks like a handcarved/homemade spoke shave with a very nicely shaped wooden handle but I'm not sure how well the blade arrangement would shave or discard the woodchips, Maybe just buy the commercial one on the upper right if the intent is to make some spokes.
Thursday, October 26, 2023
Wednesday, October 25, 2023
Tuesday, October 24, 2023
One of my favorite airplanes during my plastic model kit days. Instead of building one version of a plane and having bombs, rockets or fuel tanks left over, this plane let you hang every bit of ordinance on the sprues. Also a single-engine plane so big it made that Duplex Cyclone look disproportionately small. Never seen one in real life until we visited the French Air and Space Museum at Le Bourget airport.
Monday, October 23, 2023
Sunday, October 22, 2023
Saturday, October 21, 2023
This traffic stopper was designed by Arnold Wagner. a Swiss aeronautical engineer in the lmid 1980s. As a motorcyclist, he found that for commuting he usually took the car for weather and convenience reasons. So he built a fully enclosed two-wheeled vehicle powered by a BMW K bike engine. The outriggers are for stopping and low speed use. Then he went into(very small) series production. By 2009 about 90 had been built.Then it grew up. https://www.peravescz.com/
|Cycle World Dec88|
Friday, October 20, 2023
If I had a need for a hanging scale, this one looks nice.
Company history from the Smithsonian; Charles Forschner began making scales in New Britain, Ct., in 1855, and later moved to New York City. His son, Richard Forschner, renamed the firm R. H. Forschner, and began importing European cutlery, including the Victorinox Swiss Army Knives. The Forschner family sold the business in 1957.
Thursday, October 19, 2023
The Waterous Engine Works grew out of the P.C. Van Brocklin company that was founded in 1844 to manufacture ploughs, sawmills and other farm and industrial equipment. When Van Brocklin sold his shares in the company in 1894, Charles Horatio Waterous became the major partner, renaming the company as he did. Waterous started building steam engines as a complement to their other equipment. By the 20th century, following opportunities, they had shifted away from steam engines to making pulp and paper equipment as well as fire equipment. The company passed through several hands, finally disappearing in the mid 1990s. Complete history at the great Vintage Machinery site.
Wednesday, October 18, 2023
Tuesday, October 17, 2023
Precision Machinery of Shortsville New York. I don't see much info on this company, not even at Vintage Machinery! This grinder would date back to the turn of the last century, The small pulley would mean a high rotational speed but how fast? And would there be slippage?