Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Vanished tool makers: AST, Germany

I rescued this rusty wood chisel recently.  I could just make out a trademark and the word "Germany" under the dirt and corrosion:

Below, cleaned up.  It was made by AST:

I already owned an AST mortising chisel:

The chisels were made by Albert Steup GmbH & Co. of Wuppertal, Germany.  There's very little information on this toolmaker.   The trademark was registered in 1953, but I suspect that the company's roots go much further back than this.

Source:  http://www.alte-beitel.de/steup_albert.html

Rear seat position in British cars, 1937 to 1967

Robert Ireson.  The Penguin Car Handbook, Revised Edition.  Penguin Books, 1967.

Sitting right over the rear axle must have made for a bumpy ride for the passengers.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Reading Aero Battery

Tonka tractors

Lead mask X--ray study

David Chatterton (Editor).  The Mind Alive Encyclopedia.  Technology.  Chartwell Books Inc., 1968, 1977.
Who volunteers to be in these tests?  Hopefully, this isn't a picture with the lead mask removed!

Vickers Swallow

Laurie Lee and David Lambert.  The Wonderful World of Transportation.  Garden City Books, 1960.

A Barnes Wallis design.  It never saw production. See Tails Through Time:  "This design would eventually evolve into the world's first production swing-wing combat aircraft, the General Dynamics F-111 Aardvark."

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Indian Sport Scout 45 for 1934

The Motorcyclist, November 1934

It looks to me like adding a rider would seriously disrupt that streamlined air flow.  Unless the rider was very, very short.

Albion Engineering Co., Philadelphia, and the humble caulking gun

Everyone is familiar with using smooth rod drive caulking guns.  I picked up the one above because it was so retro.  Turns out, it's design was the first of the kind.

According to the company's website:

F. Karl Schneider purchased Albion Engineering Company in Philadelphia in 1929. At the time, the company consisted of a machine shop that built keg washers for Schmidt's Brewery and elliptical gears for the local knitting mills. The machine shop was on the second floor of a wagon wheel garage, powered by overhead drive shafts. 
In the early 1930s, F. Karl Schneider designed a caulk dispensing gun for Calbar Paint & Varnish Company who manufactured paint and putty in the first floor garage Albion owned. In 1936, F. Karl Schneider was awarded the patent for the smooth rod drive caulking gun. The development of the first smooth rod drive caulking gun launched Albion into the dispensing tool market. In 1937, Albion patented a trigger-actuated grease dispensing gun, with design features still in use today.

In 2005, the company moved out of Philadelphia and into new premises in Moorestown, New Jersey, a half hour east across the Delaware River.  In 2012, Newborn Brothers of Virginia filed a lawsuit, alleging that Albion has misled customers by claiming their products are made in the U.S. when they're actually made in Taiwan.  Newborn also alleges that Albion’s owner’s guide has the phrase, “All Albion products are made in America,” on the cover. In addition, Newborn claims that certain Albion products are stamped with the abbreviation, “Phila., PA. USA.,” when a news release from the company claims that the Philadelphia location closed in 2005. Other products allegedly have a “Made in Taiwan” geographic origin mark hang tag on the handle. Although I assume the case has yet to be settled, the allegation is sad.

Carden Lloyd machine gun carrier

TEric Morris, Tanks, Modern Military Series, Octopus Books 1975
After building the monstrous tanks of World War 1 the British changed their design direction to focus on light armoured vehicles like the Carden Lloyd machine gun carrier shown here, being carried on a factory transporter.

Sidecar Sunday

The Classic Motorcycle Oct 1993