Thursday, August 17, 2017

Plymouths on the assembly line, 1959

Above from The World in 1972.  History as we lived it.  The Ottawa Citizen,
The Associated Press. 1973.
Images below from Bill Toboldt.  Fix Your Plymouth.  All Models 1967-1952.  
The Goodheart-Willcox Co., Inc., 1967.

1962 Plymouth Fury

Groves Tasteless Chill Tonic

Fortunately, today we have McDonalds.

Edwin Wiley Grove made a fortune from this quinine-laced tonic, which he introduced in 1878. British soldiers were provided with it as an anti-malarial and in 1890 it actually out-sold Coca-Cola!

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.