Sunday, April 30, 2017
|Continental Holiday. The American Travel Guide to Europe. New York, 1961.|
Ernst Leitz GmbH of Wetzlar, Germany made around 82,000 of these cameras between 1957 and 1968. The "M" within the nomenclature of this series of cameras comes from the first initial of "Meßsucher" (or "Messsucher"), which is the German word for "Rangefinder". Examples sell for over $1000 these days. Somebody on ebay is even asking $18,999 for just a body!
A totally different employment picture today. As in: "Would you like fries with that?" That's called "precarious employment." It's going to get worse. The head of Canada's economic growth council recently predicted that over 40 percent of Canadian jobs may be lost to automation in the coming years. The top five occupations at risk are: retail salesperson; administrative assistant; food counter attendant; cashier; transport truck driver.
"The butcher, the baker, the candlestick maker..." The last one's long gone.
Saturday, April 29, 2017
A 1929 Western Canada Airlines Boeing B1-E moored off the BC coast. The 420 hp Pratt and Whitney Wasp engine gave it a cruising speed of 95 mph and made it a well-performing and useful aircraft. The B1-E was a development of the open-cockpit Model 6 of 1919, also known as the B1. After 5 B1-E were built in 1929, they were given a new model number to indicate they were a new design.
A couple of Yanmar wrenches I picked up. Yanmar is a huge Japanese maker of diesel engines. The company dates back to 1912, when Yamaoka Magokichi founded the Yamoaka Engine Workshop in Osaka. By 1936, it had become Yamaoka Internal Combustion Machines, changing to Yanmar Diesel in 1952. In typically Japanese fashion, the name "Yanmar" was apparently taken from the founder's name, combined with the Yanma dragonfly. In 2002, the company became Yanmar Limited. In 2016, Yanmar bought the German compact equipment manufacturer Schaeff (which was founded in 1947 as the North American Manufacturing Company in Sioux City) and partnered with Toyota to the develop the next generation boat hulls.
The markings on the wrenches are curious. I'm assuming that these were made for Yanmar by IKK, with the peculiar Japanese Industrial Standards logo (replaced in 2008) also shown on the wrench:
All I can find on the web is a comment that IKK was a Japanese maker of hand, power and industrial tools in the 1960's. Below, another of their wrenches found on the 'Net:
They may have been part of IKK SHOT, a Japanese heat-treating company in Tokai, Aichi that now specializes in steel shot and steel grit. According to their website, IKK SHOT started manufacturing steel shot and steel grit in 1957 as IKK (Itoh Kikoh) and became independent in 1997.
|Funk & Wagnalls New Practical Standard Dictionary. Britannica World Language Edition. 1946, 1957.|
The word was coined in 1834 by the English physicist Sir Charles Wheatstone (1802-1875) from Greek rheos "a flowing, stream" + -stat "regulating device." I'm assuming that the name also inspired the Canadian indie rock band, the Rheostatics.
Wheatstone also happened to invent the telegraph, coin the word "microphone," invent the stereoscope, come up with the Playfair cipher encryption and, perhaps most importantly, make improvements to the accordion, renaming it the "concertina."
Below, a simple sliding rheostat in my possession:
Friday, April 28, 2017
The Couzinet 101 was an unusual aircraft, using three low power engines to power a three seat touring airplane that first flew in 1933. As a prototype, it failed to find a buyer and was purchased by the Spanish government in August of 1936. Its ultimate disposition is unknown..