|Movie Lot to Beachhead. The Motion Picture Goes to War and Prepares for the Future. |
By the Editors of Look. Doubleday, Doran & Co., Inc., 1945.
Monday, June 26, 2017
I found this beautiful old glass cutter at a ReStore recently. The handle is a lovely, open-grained wood and the ferrule is brass. The head is steel, and has a set screw for holding a carrier for an industrial diamond. The diamond is very worn so this tool saw heavy use.
The firm of James Hartley wasn't really a tool firm--they made glass. In 1836, the Hartley brothers set up their own glass-making business in Sunderland, on the north-east coast of England, formerly better known as Wearmouth. There they established the Wear Glass Works and traded as James Hartley & Co. In 1838, building on German technology, James was granted a patent for Hartley's Patent Rolled Plate. For the next 50 years, this would be the company's major product.. In fact, by the 1860's, the firm was using this process to make one-third of all the glass made in England and employing up to 700 workers. Jame's heirs lost but then regained control of the business in the 1890's, but the company was finally rolled up in 1915. So, my glass cutter is at least a century old.
The story didn't end there, though. One son continued making coloured glass as Hartley, Wood & Co., which was eventually taken over by Pilkington's in 1982. (The British Pilkington company invented the Float Glass Process in the 1950's, a revolutionary method for producing flat glass by floating molten glass over a bath of liquid tin.) The original company continued under the Hartley, Wood name until 1997. The National Glass Centre was built in 1998 in the interests of preserving the skills of these glass-makers, but went into bankruptcy only two years later. In 2005, Pilkington was acquired by a Japanese company, NSG.
|George Abdill; This was Railroading, Bonanza Books 1958|
This spectacular wooden trestle was part of the Kettle Valley Railway of the CPR. Anyone have any estimates of quantity of wood used?
Sunday, June 25, 2017
These are stamped “J.N.M. & Co., Pat July 26-10 Re Aug 2-15, on one side, and “Necessity” on the other.
They are J.N. MacDonald chain repair pliers. In 1910, paved roads were few and far between, and tire chains were essential to navigate the much more common mud roads (see 1917 ad below). The inventor was listed as residing in Hartford, Connecticut, and the 1910 letters patent state that “This invention relates to an improved implement for repairing chains, such as the tire chains of automobiles and the like…and by the use of which links may be expanded and again closed as may be required.”
A later patent was assigned to James M. MacDonald of nearby Wethersfield, suggesting the possibility of a family-owned tool business.
Saturday, June 24, 2017
|Monte Burch. Gun Care and Repair. Winchester Press, 1978.|
Nice little machine!
|The Family Handyman, April 1985|
The Belsaw company started in Kansas City, Missouri in the 1930's. In 1983, they merged with the Minneapolis, Minnesota-based Foley Manufacturing Company to become Foley-Belsaw. The companies split apart some time later. Foley-United makes tool grinders. Belsaw today seems a shadow of its former self, but still makes molding pattern knives and supplies parts and manuals for the older machines.
Friday, June 23, 2017
|Images from Griffith Borgeson, The Golden Age of the American Racing Car, Bonanza Books 1966|
About fifty 91s were built before the rules changed again in 1929.
Cutaway drawing by Clarence LaTouretteLeo Goossen was the designer and draftsman for Harry Miller. Here are his notes for cam timing.
Thursday, June 22, 2017
Above, a ratcheting screwdriver I found in a thrift store. Other than that the shank was bent and rusty and the ferrule a little crushed, it was in fine shape, and the ratchet selector works just as well as when it was first made. It's now straightened up, cleaned up, oiled up and ready to be put back to work. Below, the same tool in a 1939 advertisement:
There's not a whole lot of information about this company on the web. They go back to at least the 1930's, producing tools at their "Fuluse Works":
Below, their name on a vintage rose bit in my collection:
Also, a hacksaw frame as a later offering from the firm:
Below, a 1951 ad:
Cooper & Sons also made razors under the Fuluse brand name at their Lockfast Works, also on Hermitage Street in Sheffield. It was presumably for this product that the company was bought by the knife-making firm of Joseph Rogers & Sons in the mid-1960's. The two firms were combined at a location at St. Mary's Gate. Through various mergers, Rogers itself was acquired by Richards, which filed for bankruptcy in 1985. I expect that the tool-making business ended much sooner than this.
A useful manual for maintaining and repairing bicycles, at least those manufactured up until the middle of the 1970's. The person pictured on the cover is peculiarly androgynous. I can't find anything on the author, although the two people he mentions in his dedication were founders of the Rochester Bicycling Club. I mailed the book off to my son to help him work on an old Raleigh Sprite a neighbour gave me. I love the maxim: "Bikus Non Lubrium Bustibus."
Wednesday, June 21, 2017
|George Abdill; This was Railroading, Bonanza Books 1958|
I like hacksaw frames since, for such a simple design, various manufacturers have been able to apply surprisingly different innovations. This one is by the K-D Manufacturing Company of Lancaster, Pennsylvania. It accommodates different blade lengths by having notches in the top of the frame into which the top of a movable arm can lock.
Turning the knurled nut pushes the arm to the right, tightening up the saw blade in the frame. Finally, by pulling the lever at the right of the arm up and over centre, the arm is locked securely in place. It's an overly-complex design, but that adds to its appeal for me.
Two substantial steel pins on each arm allow for the saw blade to be mounted vertically or horizontally.
Two inventors, Harry W. Kulp and Martin C. Dellinger, founded K-D Manufacturing around 1920. The company ultimately specialized in automotive tools such as valve spring compressors. The company was eventually acquired by the Danaher Corporation which merged with Cooper Industries to form Apex Tools in 2010. In 2014, Apex rolled K-D into the GearWrench brand, and the K-D brand has all but vanished since then.
Tuesday, June 20, 2017
|Larry Milberry, Aviation in Canada, McGraw-Hill Ryerson 1979|