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"Akron (O.) Iron Co. / SHAFTING" 1888 pioneer advertising card with three
drawings in brownish red on government postal card. Mentions steel rim pulleys, hangers,
boxes & couplings too. Nice! $50.00
"BILLANY & COCHRANE / TELEPHONE No. 1538 / Machinists' Tools, / No. 527 Commerce Street. / Philadelphia 1893" postal card ordering a roller boiler tube expander from a Richard Dudgeon in New York (whose steam carriage is depicted on a 4-c US stamp), minor edge wear, minor toning. $6.00 pmg(b)g(d)
"Compact PneuMoment™ pneumatic actuator / easily handles high side loads and moments", unused business reply card from a Bimba Manufacturing Company (Monee Illinois) January 1998 ad campaign, excellent condition. $1.00 i(m)m
"Compumotor Positioning / Control Systems & Drives" unused business reply card to Parker Hannifin Corporation there, circa January 1998, some products illustrated in black & white, fairly fresh. $1.00 cm
"FREE CATALOGS! / NEW FROM BAYSIDE. The Leader in Precision Gearheads." multicolor illustrated advertising on unused business reply card, circa January 1998, fairly fresh. $1.00 nm
"GREEN ENGINEERING CO., DAYTON, O. / *** HOW TO SPEED UP A MODEL A FORD MOTOR *** " approximately 9-inch x 17-3/4-inch white-on-blue typed instruction sheet, illustrated at the top with a racing auto, five neat folds due to length (top half shown here), couple tiny pinholes at the top, crinkling near the bottom edge affects no words, everything legible. Topics: high-speed camshafts, high-compression cylinder heads, oversize valves with stiffer springs, oversize counterbalanced crankshaft, bearing clearances -- essentially replacing all but the original cylinder block (for which they have high praise). Fascinating glimpse into automobile racing at the time. SOLD WITH RECORD SPEED aom
"GREETINGS / From / Raleigh, N. C." black & white post card with undivided back showing 2 scenes--Agricultural and Mechanical College, and Pullen Hall Textile & Horticultural Buildings; published by Sherwood, Higgs & Co., mostly clear RALEIGH N.C. / TRANS. CLK. / SPE 1 1904, minor corner rounding, small ink smear near back bottom. $10.00 n(r)m-n
"Hollingsworth - Cambion / Electro-mechanical & Inductive Components" picturing some of their many products, unused English business reply card, circa November 1997. $1.00 e(c)m
"James W. Calta, Platte S. D. Patent applied for." referring to the attachment / tool fastened to the rear wheel of the automobile shown to facilitate its removal for any needed repairs & to serve as a capstan if the vehicle needed extrication from a mudhole. Unused sepia-tone Azo (triangles all up) real photo postcard, noticeable toning near the back edges, long crease running from the bottom left front to the right side & another 2 creases near a bottom corner. The patent was applied for December 24 1912 & granted May 19 1914. This is the only photo of the device we could find on an Internet search; the only other illustration of it is the drawing within the patent application itself. $40.00 s(p)g(c)m NEW / NOUVEAU / NUEVO
"Jubileumsutställningen i Göteborg 1923. / Maskinhallen. / 'Officiella Brevkort' / 55" showing the interior display of much mechanical equipment, real photo post card with good focus and composition, unused, good edges, unusually detailed, fresh appearance. $8.00 esm
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"Maschinengondel mit eingebautem Motor" showing a zeppelin nacelle incorporating a motor within; unused continental size real photo postcard with 'Aufnahme des Luftschiffbau Zeppelin G. m. b. H.' (as it looked at the airship factory, printed on back), light album indents 4 places where held, good edges. $13.00 bm
"Mechanism of a Wright Biplane" postcard from VO Hammon Publishing, unused, divided back with a little toning near its edges. Interesting & rare. $19.00 a(p)m
OCT 15 1945 clear Reno Nevada machine cancel ties 1-c Washington franking Salvation Army post card from Cpt. William V. Eagan Jr. at Reno album adherences on back, partial cancel on front, 2 corner creases. Used to obtain information about further education in radio & mechanical engineering. Clear large red receiving mark at Chicago 4 days later. $2.00 n-m
"Office of THE BISHOP & BABCOCK CO. / Cleveland, O., 189" with a large illustration of one of their instruments printed in orange-red as background to a printed receipt on government postal card mailed to New York, a little cancel ink along right front edge nowhere near the illustration or printing. The company made many air compressors useful in hand pumps for the dispensing of beer, and we believe the pictured device was so used. Sold but front side still available for scholarly study & research as an enlarged (almost 2x original postcard area) 100-dpi scan in .jpg format. $1.50 oabmi**
"Old South Church, / Haverhill, Mass." postcard mailed 1912, corner & edge wear, corner crease. Entire message gives an interesting first-hand account of the 1912 student strike at the New Hampshire College of Agriculture and the Mechanic Arts (later the University of New Hampshire) in Durham New Hampshire. $10.00 m(h)n(d)cm
"PTFE Dry Lubricant / A dry, synthetic lubricant with... / For use in many / industrial applications / miller-stephenson chemical company, inc." with the product container pictured in color near some gears, unused business reply card with Danbury Permit No. 211, fresh appearance. $1.00 cm
Sepia-tone real photo postcard mailed MAR 13 1911 at Fayette Ohio. Must-read message a testament to the inventiveness & hard work of the farmer of the day: ' Fayette, O. Mch. 12, 1911 / ... This is a BHP steam engine I bought last winter for $8.00. I put new flues in it, made patterns and got new grates, made a new valve gear and put on it and I has not cost me $25.00 and is good as new. I grind all our feed now and shell our corn. I use it to run the sausage grinder, grindstone, feed grinder, corn sheller and farming mill. I am going to get about a 20 inch buzz saw and saw all of our wood, get a plow point grinder, and use it to pump water when the mill does not run. ... L. W. Blaker'. The abbreviation BHP stands for boiler horse power (which approximates the horsepower of engines fed by it). Tiny upper corner crease, minor corner wear. Sold but front side still available for scholarly study & research as an enlarged 300-dpi scan (publication quality) in .jpg format for $3.75. o(f)am
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MECHANICS ON POST CARDS, POSTAL CARDS & POSTCARDS
"2137 Aeroplane Mechanicians. / WILBUR WRIGHT FIELD, Fairfield, Ohio" black &
white postcard mailed 1918 at Dayton Ohio, toned both sides, long crease, part cancel ink on front, as is. The
earliest aircraft mechanic postcard we have ever seen. $15.00 aopm
"BROWN & SHARPE / TOOLS / Help good mechanics do better work" wallet-card size booklet with 16 panels (3 shown including cover at right), illustrating & describing some of their calipers, telescoping gauges, protractors, micrometers, etc. Circa 1941. Browning paper due to age & trivial faults. $4.00 ma
"Chi., Milwaukee & St. Paul R'y / Performance of Locomotives / Month of May 1886" detailing various costs per mile & other mileage metrics as determined by J. M. Lowry, General Master Mechanic in Milwaukee, to an accuracy of hundredths of a cent per mile(!), expecting an exchange of such information from the addressee, T. Downing Esq. at the Lackawanna Railroad in St. Paul. Mailed 13 1886, trivial edge wear. Very early: the railroad associations debated what metrics to exchange as late as 1891. Railroads operating in comparable geography & climate, as these two did, could and did strike up gentlemen's agreements on their own. The only comparable we could find when searching the Internet was that for the Philadelphia & Reading Railroad in 1888. Belongs in a museum. Sold but front side still available for scholarly study & research as an enlarged 300-dpi scan (publication quality) in .jpg format for $3.75. r(c)r(l)w(m)m
"Compliments Of / Valentino's / Car Care / / Columbus, OH / " unused keyring with advertising for automobile mechanics. Nice. $1.50 oam
"G3IHH" Bailleul Camp (in Arborfield England) QSL card used 1958. The camp was used for training 'potential telecommunications mechanics' or 'pot. telemechs.' in the R.E.M.E. in the British Army. Very uncommon material! $5.00 e(a)mm
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"KEEP 'EM FLYING AT FOSTER FLD." showing 4 Army mechanics & their supervisor working on a propeller aircraft engine, unused Agfa real photo postcard with good focus & glossy finish, front corners show separation thins (none into the image) from corner mounts. More precisely this at Foster Army Airfield near Victoria Texas. Rare: when we searched the Internet no one else offered it, no one bragged about selling it & no one even exhibited it. Sold but front side still available for scholarly study & research as an enlarged (about 771% of original print area) & enhanced 200-dpi scan in .jpg format. $2.00 a(m)ptm(a)m
"Rusty Wallace - #2" crouching to observe mechanics working on the back end of his racer (decorated with Miller Genuine Draft & Bosch logos), 1994 copyright. $2.00 a(r)bm
"WHAT'S THAT FELLOW DOING - MILKING THAT AUTOMOBILE? / GEE I'M GLAD THAT I OWN A FORD // LOOK AT THE / MECHANICAL / COCK-ROACH" with signed Cobb X. Shinn art depicting a Ford passing a broken down vehicle, with billy-goat commentary; unused circa-1916 post card, slightly taller than regular size, trivial corner wear, very light toning on back. $5.00 a(s)am
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A series by F. Bluh, all copyrighted 1910. & all within intricately embossed borders.
Publisher was Danziger & Berman in New Haven, Connecticut.
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