Saturday, March 17, 2018


1949 Pontiac Sedan Delivery

The Pontiac Sedan Delivery shared the all steel body of the station wagon in 1949. Delivered only in standard trim- though the white sidewalls don't fit that description- it was the rarest of the models that year. I think it's a well proportioned good looking vehicle.


All there, needs everything...

Friday, March 16, 2018

Lime Rock Historics #33

Nice poster, looks like it's for an old movie.It happened in 2015, I wasn't there either, but here's some of what we missed... 

We used to make things in this country. #: Canada Motor Products Ltd., Toronto, Ontario

GM of Canada incorporated Canadian Products Limited in 1920, when they established two big factories in Walker Road, Walkerville, in 1919 but although the company existed it never traded although the Walker Road plant and two nearby 'Fisher Body' Plants became the 'Canadian Products Division' of GM of Canada and then CP Ltd was dissolved by 1933. In addition there was General Motors Products of Canada Limited which was the sales organisation, though they did play a part in the CMP development story from 1936. Canada Motor Products manufactured replacement parts for starting, lighting & ignition. The company had locations in Toronto, Winnipeg and Montreal. 

Nifty camera idea!

Got an old camera and an old electric iron?  Ta da!

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Travelling by CPR, 1885

Above, the first class parlour car, featuring decor with elaborate wood trim and individual swivelling arm chairs.
Below, for contrast, the colonist passenger cars were a lot more basic, passengers were crowded into upper and lower berths with only curtains providing some semblance of privacy..
 Bill McKee & Georgeen Klassen, Trail of Iron, Glen-Alberta Institute 1983

Vanished Tool Makers: Walden Worcester, Worcester, Massachusetts

For a while, I kept running across these old nut drivers.  One day, I picked up the socket set below.

Charles M. and Frederick E. Walden founded the Walden Manufacturing Company in 1906 to make wrenches.  A year later, the company was bought by Warren S. Bellows, who brought his extensive inventive skills to the mix.  For example, he came up with a new method for constructing wrenches using laminated sheet metal, putting these on the market around 1909.  In 1916, the company became Walden-Worcester.  In the face of a rapidly growing market for their products, the company began construction of a massive mill complex, but delays and competition from the Blackhawk Manufacturing Company (which introduced the first line of interchangeable socket sets)  and the newly formed Snap-On Wrench Company.  As a result, Walden went into receivership in 1922.  The company survived and continued to innovate, being one of the first American tool makers to use alloy steels for its sockets.  In the 1920's, they introduced the "Spintite" nut driver. 

In 1926, the company merged with Stevens & Company to form Stevens-Walden-Worcester, specializing in automotive service and general purpose tools.  In the 1930's, open-ended and box-end wrenches were introduced to the product line. Eventually, the company became Stevens Walden Inc, with an SW-C
circle logo, remaining in business into the 1990's.


Radio-Television, December 1942

Popular Mechanics, February 1946
Popular Mechanics, October  1947


Popular Mechanics, September  1954

Popular Mechanics, March 1955

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

1946 Pontiac Woody station wagon

The 1946 Pontiac was a continuation of the pre-war model but this station wagon has a bit of an awkward appearance with the silver streak chrome fender trim clashing with the plentiful wood framework. 

Norton Fastback

The first iteration of the Norton Commando (the Fastback) is the one I like best. Styling was by David Bristow of Wolff Olins, a London design agency who also was also redoing the Norton corporate identity. The strong horizontal lines echoed Rickman styling of the day with the tail piece incorporating the Lucas taillight. The distinctive front contours of the seat extending into the tank was a variation on the traditional knee grip but wasn't popular.