Thursday, March 22, 2018

Home-built Tractor, 1918

Used to illustrate an ad for Timken roller bearings in the July 29, 1918 Country Gentleman.

Gilera 150

The motorcycle was introduced in 1952, the actress Mara Berni, with her husband Lorenzo, went on to open the Osteria San Lorenzo in 1963.  They ran the popular London restaurant for nearly 50 years. 


World Book Encyclopedia, 1970

Funk & Wagnalls New Practical Standard Dictionary.
Britannica World Language Edition.
 1946, 1957.

Alexander McKee.  Vimy Ridge.  Pan, 1966.

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Pitcairn PA-5 Mail Wing

The mail compartment.
Pitcairn PA-5 Mail Wing belonging to Eastern Air Transport about 1930.
 Radio installation

Parilla 250 ad

The girls all love a man on a badly drawn Parilla. Who knew?

Lodge Spark Plugs, 1936

Sir Oliver Joseph Lodge (1851-1940) was a British physicist and writer who invented electric spark ignition for the internal combustion engine (the Lodge Igniter).

In the 1960’s, Smith Industries purchased Lodge Plugs Ltd. Smith Industries already owned KLG Plugs and until 1982 sold plugs under both names. After this, production moved to Italy and the product was sold as the Golden Lodge. Magneti Marelli continues to market a sparkplug under that name.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Vanished Tool Makers: K-D Manufacturing Company, Lancaster, Pennsylvania

Above, the only two K-D tools I've encountered.  

Harry W. Kulp and Martin C. Dellinger founded the K-D Manufacturing Company in Lancaster in 1919.  Their first products were valve spring tools resulting from multiple Kulp/Dellinger patents.  In 1923, the company became a registered corporation.   In 1957, the company was sold to Mr. George W. Marshall, Jr.  Ten years later the company moved into a new factory and also aquired the L.O. Beard Tool Company of Lancaster.  METCO Corporation bought K-D in 1969, which in turn was acquired by Easco in 1982.


Turbo prop Wellington

Chaz Bowyer, Wellington at War, Ian Allan Ltd, 1982
Mk X Wellington modified for testing Roll Royce Dart turbo-props later used in the Vickers Viscount. This engine first flew mounted mounted in the nose of a Lancaster bomber in 1946.

Summer is coming!

Monday, March 19, 2018

Canadian Pacific Brochure, 1930

I can't find a explanation or description of this brochure cover promoting business in western Canada and find it a bit odd. Is the seemingly derelict factory scene on the left depicting the depression conditions in Winnipeg (see text above the image) or possibly eastern Canada? Is the view on the right depicting a thriving Calgary, Edmonton or Vancouver? Or is this Winnipeg?