Friday, September 22, 2017

Two Gals Go Motor Jaunting, 1943



From Motorcyclist.

Black Diamond Knife and Saw Sharpener




Photographed at the Elgin County Railway Museum in St. Thomas Ontario.  A lovely little machine tool.

Notice the phrase "The Only" cast into the top of the frame.  That's self-confidence! Founded in 1911, Black Diamond is still around!

According to What Is It Like to Live in Natick:

"The technique of figure-eight stitching for baseballs was developed here. They were made for years by H. Harwood & Sons (now condos) and stitched by women in their homes. 

And, thanks to the old Hostess/Wonder Bread factory that used to be on Speen Street, the town ­appeared in an episode of “Family Guy.’’ After a nuclear holocaust, Peter remembers that Twinkies are the only food that can survive such a calamity, and the family ventures out to find the factory in Natick."

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Ford for 1925

Still the Model T in 1925, the new Model A was still more than a year away.

CN #5700

Don Ball Jr., Portrait of the Rails, Galahad Books, 1972
CNRs lightly-streamlined Hudson locomotive #5700 leaving Toronto en route to Montreal. CN only had 5 such locomotives, preferring the larger 4-8-4 wheel arrangement.

We used to make things in this country. #271: Touralo Coach Company, Vancouver, B.C.



From 1945.  The copy writer was certainly a silver-tongued devil! Coal and wood stove, but no internet!

This company has left nary a trace on the web.

Nelson's signal at Trafalgar

Boatswain Trade Group One.  BRCN 3039 (64).  Royal Canadian Navy Trade Manual.  1964.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Torpedo motorcycle

On a recent trip to Davenport Iowa I happened upon a book chronicling the history of the Illinois town of Geneseo. In it was this entry, for a motorcycle I had never heard of. The manufacturer, the Horndecker Motor company was based in Whiting Indiana but later moved to Geneseo Illinois. See below.
 And apparently American Pickers is looking for an example.
Standard Catalog of American Motorcycles

Boyce Motometer

The Boyce Motometer was basically just a temperature gauge reading the radiator temperature, provided as an aftermarket item for cars of the teens, but it was one of the first engine condition indicators provided to the operator of a motor vehicle. Eventually auto manufacturers started to provide gauges as standard equipment and the market disappeared.

We used to make things in this country: #270. Silhouette dishware



Silhouette made large etched aluminum plates and trays like the one above.  Can anyone provide us with any information on this Canadian firm?

Exploded B.M.C. "Mini" engine

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

Hooke joints, more commonly known over here as universal joints, were first investigated systematically by Robert Hooke beginning in 1667, and given the name "universal joint" by him in a treatise he published in 1676.  That far back!  It's also known as a U-joint, Cardan joint or Spicer joint.  The Wikipedia entry is quite fascinating, albeit (at least to me) equally abstruse.