Wednesday, August 16, 2017

The beginning of the couch potato, 1968

Vanished shovel makers: Blackcat & Boisvert

Above, a Blackcat 2 shovel that I still use.  Note that the handle is made by splitting the shaft and presumably steaming the two haves apart to form the handgrip.  It's been a long time since anyone made them that way.

Below, my Boisvert.  I suspect it came from Quebec, mais qui sait?

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

1955 Pontiac sedan

Planes in Formation; Sikorski Sea King

The American Heritage History of Flight, Simon and Shuster 1962

Vanished tool makers: Dalton Manufacturing Corporation, Sound Beach, Connecticut


The company made lathes between 1913 and the late 1920's or early 30's.  They were essentially hand-made.  About 200 were in the hold of the Lusitania when it was torpedoed, but I doubt that they're in restorable condition today. The Sound Beach factory, including all of its machine tools, was acquired by the Swedish Electrolux company as their first American location for producing vacuum cleaners. Interesting, I can find no mention of a "Sound Beach" (other than Long Island Sound) on the 'Net. 

More information here.

Vanished tool makers: Bishop wood chisel

A vintage tang chisel, with what looks like "Bishop" stamped on the blade.  It has a very slender blade.  Below, compared with a Ward chisel of the same size.  The Bishop chisel is on the bottom.

There was a George H. Bishop company in the U.S., but their products seem to have been restricted to hand saws and scrapers, so I don't think my chisel came from their foundry:

1909.  Source:  Hyperkitten Tool Co.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Record haulage

Robert Pike, Tall Timber Tough Men, W W Norton & Co, 1967
As I read in a long-forgotten late 19th century book, about animal cruelty and how things were done pre-fossil fuels, "Men and horses should never have been put together on the same planet".

Douglas Dauntless production line

 A few of approximately 5000 Douglas Dauntlesses built during WW2.

Anglo camera flash unit

A neat Japanese-made "Anglo" flashbulb unit.  (The name is no accident--the Japanese producers understood their market very well.)  The reflector segments collapse into a more compact form for storage, and also presumably to protect them.

Interesting that it used both a removable battery and a removable capacitor.  That would certainly make replacing the capacitor easier, since those devices did fail after so many uses, as anyone who has experience with old automotive points-type ignitions will appreciate.

Seeger circlip pliers

From the German company that originated the circlip. Now known as Orbis-Seeger.  Interesting that they found it necessary to stamp them "Original Seeger."  Seems there must have been imitators around.