Thursday, October 19, 2017

Bultaco TSS


1966 6 speed

British American Gas Station


British American Gasoline company formed in 1906, building its first refinery in 1908 on the eastern waterfront in Toronto, sold to Gulf Oil in 1966. This preserved non-operating station is located in Newtonville, Ontario.

Mill girls at work

W.G.V. Balchin (Consultant Editor).  The Country Life Book of the Living History of England
Country Life Books, 1981.

Sharing pictures before Instagram: Polacolor Print Mount


The instructions leave a lot to be desired.  For the story, go to Polaroidland.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Pullman Standard and the New Haven Railroad


Ran when parked...



Project bike at the Milton Swap Meet September 2017

Warner 490 razor blade holder





Above, a tool made to hold safety razors.

U.S. Patent 3,996,665 was issued to Douglas B. Malchow of Minneapolis in 1976 and assigned to the Warner Manufacturing Company of the same city.  Founded in 1926 the company is still around, now apparently out of nearby Plymouth.  A handy way to use old razor blades that had become too dull to shave with, but still sharp enough for shop use. The tool is still available, with prices ranging from $1.98 to $34.33.  Seriously, there's this much variation on the marketplace.  Why?

I thought safety razors had all but disappeared in favour of disposable multi-bade ones.  Turns out, they're enjoying something of a comeback.  See, for example, the Rockwell safety razor, which began with a Kickstarter in 2014.  They sell their razor blades for 10 cents each!

The Common Tools and How to Use Them, 1950's



Above, from The Splendid Book for Boys. (London & Glasgow: Collins. c. 1950's.)  Targeted at British children and adolescents, this article explained how to use a variety of common tools including Warrington hammers, tenon saws, "steel smoother" planes, scribing gouges, pin bits and "Washita" oilstones (which should be treated with olive oil, or a mixture of olive and paraffin).  I've uploaded the entire 10-page article here.

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Dictaphone

In 1947, The Dictaphone company replaced the wax cylinder storage media they had used since Alexander Graham Bell started the company. They introduced a new mechanically etched Lexan belt named Dictabelt which was much more permanent. IBM introduced magnetic tape in the early fifties and the Dictaphone company used it alongside their mechanical system.
 Somewhat surprisingly, the company is still around today recording in the medical and legal fields, presumably without the wax cylinders...