Sunday, January 21, 2018

Britain's 'oldest bike' is found: Cycle collector finds 199-year-old 'Holy Grail' in disused barn


Mr Stockdale is a former interior designer and opened his museum in 1989 after having a lifelong obsession with bicycles.

The previous owners had no clue the the bike was of such historic significance, and contacted Mr Stockdale when the building was being demolished to make way for a new development.

It is not known how long the bike has been hidden, but it was discovered during a building demolition in Beaconsfield.

The bike, which dates back to 1819, was originally made by Denis Johnson.


Mr Johnson made 320 bikes in 1819, after registering to patent them in 1818, but it is thought there are only 12 in existence today.

This bike is believed to be the oldest as the bikes were numbered chronologically.

Although Johnson referred to his machine as a ‘pedestrian curricle’, it was formally referred to as a ‘velocipede’, and popularly as a ‘Hobby-horse’, ‘Dandy-horse’, ‘Pedestrian's accelerator’, ‘Swift walker’ and by a variety of other names.

In the dying days of 1818, London carriage maker Denis Johnson released an improved version of the draisine, which he termed the “pedestrian curricle.” It had larger wheels, a simpler steering mechanism, a lighter overall weight of 40 to 50 pounds, and an adjustable seat.

Convinced of the mass appeal of this modified German Laufmaschine, Johnson opened a riding school in Covent Garden, the Strand and Soho.. There he taught fashionable young men how to cruise along on his curricles, and custom made the contraptions for each buyer, taking their weight and inseam into account to create the most comfortable ride possible.


In May 1819 he introduced a dropped-frame version for ladies to accommodate their long skirts.

For about six months the machine had a high profile in London and elsewhere, its principal riders being the Regency dandies. About eighty prints were produced in London, depicting the 'hobby-horse' and its users, not always in a flattering light. Johnson's son undertook a tour of England in the spring of 1819 to exhibit and publicize the item.

 Nevertheless, by the summer of the same year the craze was dying out, and a health warning against the continued use of the velocipede was issued by the London Surgeons.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5294681/Collector-finds-Britains-oldest-bike-disused-barn.html
https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/object-of-intrigue-twowheeled-transport-for-regency-dandies
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Denis_Johnson_(inventor)

68 Charger R/T 440 the 3rd owner bought in 89 for $2500

of the major airlines that were in business in 1970, most still are


Brannif International ended 1982
Canadian Pacific ended 1987
Eastern ended 1991
PanAm ended 1991
TWA ended 2001

http://progress-is-fine.blogspot.com/2018/01/world-airlines-1970.html

Saturday, January 20, 2018

one great looking, but unusual Gertner. No hinged top

hardware store dealer cabinet from around 1927, in the TP Auto Museum in Canfield Ohio


wow, what a workstation, made by Cole Steel


Beverly Cleary, The Mouse and The Motorcycle, one of my favorites when I was a kid


The premise is simple: Ralph is a young mouse who lives in Mountain View Inn with his mouse family. He’s going a little stir crazy and wants to seek out adventure and live on the fast road, but past mistakes mean he’s got to practice caution. Things get interesting when a young boy, Keith, arrives at the inn to explore California with his family. Even more interesting, Keith has a shiny new motorcycle (toy) and it’s not long before Ralph gets involved in zany hijinks like getting trapped in a wastepaper basket and more.

Ralph and Keith bond over the motorcycle and at first it’s all fun and games for the two. Keith lets Ralph ride his toy motorcycle and the two get along famously, but sadly a stop comes to the fun when his mother catches the mouse taking it for a joyride. What follows is a mini adventure and even a rescue of sorts by Ralph who seeks to set things right between him and his friend.





They even made a stop motion animated of it back before CGI.

I wonder why this classic hasn't been given a proper new movie treatment?

http://progress-is-fine.blogspot.com/2018/01/motorcycle-books-for-kids-mouse-and.html

were any of you ever stationed in Pearl Harbor in 1992-95 and met Marty and his wife with their matching Dusters?


he punched out his 440 to 505, and had a flip front end


hers was a cherry 340

My grandpa's tractor, an Allis Chalmers B


It had a big power take off wheel on the drivers left side for a long canvas belt that would spin a buzz rig

In the early thirties, Allis-Chalmers tractor division manager Harry Merritt studied the farm census figures and discovered that of the nearly seven million farms in America, some four million were of 100 acres or less.

Furthermore, the million or so tractors at work on American farms were nearly all on the larger ones. Although the Fordson tractor and then the first-generation row-crop tractors, including the Farmall, Allis-Chalmers's own Model WC, and others, had been gaining significant market penetration and making mechanised agriculture ever more popular.

 Merritt concluded that there was a need for four million small, inexpensive tractors to fill the needs of the small farmers still using horses. Merritt set out to build the tractor that would finally put the horse out to pasture.

The Model B was Allis-Chalmers' second-generation row-crop tractor. It was small, light, and versatile. The combination of an excellent tractor and effective marketing helped the B to become a commercial success.

Early sales literature for the Allis Chalmers B was devoted to convincing the farmer that the new B required less work to maintain than horses. It was also armed with government-supplied facts and statistics along with Allis's own research proving that the new B cost less to both buy and operate than horses.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Allis-Chalmers_Model_B

This Pontiac woody was in the little town I grew up in... it's not there anymore, I hope someone bought it to restore instead of if going to a junkyard


I took this photo back in 94 I think. 

check out this cool home built kids tractor made from rotor tiller tires, electric wheelchair, and lotsa love







that little kid grew out of it, but it was passed onto another little kid. By the way, a duplicate was commissioned by an admirer, so there are two out there

from one of my long time favorite sites:
http://progress-is-fine.blogspot.com/2018/01/the-things-we-build.html

Herbrand tools... was bought by Kelsey Hayes, the company that made good rims. Bonney history merged with them, as smaller tool companies couldn't compete with less expensive imported lower quality tools

http://alloy-artifacts.org/herbrand-van-chrome.html

The Herbrand Company was founded in 1881 in Fremont, Ohio by Jacob Herbrand, Charles Thompson, and J.B. Van Doren.

By 1909 Herbrand's products included carriage hardware, bicycle and automobile wrenches, and safety razors, and Thompson was the GM and President. Herbrand wasn't mentioned again, so, sadly, seems to have lost his company, or sold it or died... but, hey, his name is now known, and no one knows anyone else that ran the company after him.

As the automobile gained popularity in the early 20th century, Herbrand expanded production of drop-forged tools for automobile tool kits.

During the 1920s and early 1930s Herbrand expanded their line of tools and became a supplier to high-volume retailers such as Western Auto Supply and Montgomery Ward. Western Auto catalogs from the early 1930s list Herbrand tools and mention their brand names "Van-Chrome" and "Multihex".

By the 1960s the increasing competition in the tool industry had made it difficult to remain independent, and in 1961 Herbrand was acquired by the Kelsey-Hayes who had previously acquired Utica Tools in 1956, and Herbrand became part of their Utica Tools Division.

by 1964 they added Bonney Forge and Tool, and in 1967 sold out to Triangle, who was bought up by Cooper.

Bonney Vice and Tool Works was founded by Charles S. Bonney in Philadelphia in 1877, the company moved to Allentown, Pennsylvania in 1906.

In the 1950's, it was acquired by Miller Manufacturing of Detroit,

Kelsey-Hayes was originally a manufacturer of automotive wheels and then brakes for a variety of American automakers and apparently, the diversification fever of the 60's, decided to get into the tool business.

Enter H. Arthur Bellows Jr. He founded the Triangle Corporation of Stamford, Connecticut in 1967.

The following year, Triangle acquired Torque Controls, a manufacturer of torque wrenches, moving production from South Elmonte, California to Utica's factory in Orangeburg, South Carolina in 1970.

At that point, the Utica firm was employing around 800 people, making about 200 models of pliers and over 1000 custom models, with an automotive tool line of over 1200 items. Under the brand name Utica/Bonney, the company was making around 50,000 tools per day.

In 1982, Triangle Tool went on to acquire the Diamond Tool and Horseshoe Company. Triangle merged with Audits/Surveys Worldwide, and the tool side was sold to the Cooper Tools Conglomerate in 1995.

http://progress-is-fine.blogspot.com/2018/01/vanished-tool-makers-bonney-forge-tool.html

NOS Kennedy tackle box, still in the original packaging. Was just bought for 35 bucks (not by me!)

a Model T.. so simple, but, what other car can you strip down like, this, and drive on the freeway?


driving this must be pretty close to driving a motorcycle, from the point of view of no cage, adn the only thing under you is a seat at a lot of road

https://www.facebook.com/groups/Fordmodelt/permalink/10159754078895548/

An example of how I can remember cars pretty well, I saw this charger one Hickam AFB about 25 years ago. Once. It just popped up on facebook, and I recognized it.


https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=2065155966835650&set=p.2065155966835650&type=3&permPage=1&ifg=1

Here is the conversation we had about it on Facebook...

Ray was saying I bought it in 1990 from the man who ordered it from Honolulu Dodge. 43k miles, matching #, no rust, for $7500. My friends thought I was crazy. Still own it.

I replied I believe I saw this car getting restored on Hickam Air Force Base in 1993-94. The one I saw was said to have been bought by a Honolulu cop, and that he used it as a cop car because the PD didn't have a budget to purchase a fleet of cop cars, so, officers were given an amount to buy their own. I think I've even got a photo of it getting wet sanded

Ray replied Yes, this is that car! Curtis Cabral painted it. He was the master! Can you find the photo? I would like to see it. Thanks! Curtis was killed in a motorcycle accident about 10 years ago. Would like a pic of him.


I took these photos in the early 90s, probably 93


Friday, January 19, 2018

Ever hear of the 1985 IROC Z signed by all the rock stars at Live Aid? It sold for only 22k in 2004


General Motors partnered with MTV to bring two '85 IROCs to the concert to be signed by all the entertainers such as Brian Wilson, Kenny Loggins, Nick Rhodes, Simon LeBon, Eric Clapton, Ozzy, Bo Diddley, Page, Plant, The Four Tops, Tom Petty, Judas Priest, Jagger, Run DMC, Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young, and Santana. The autographs were clear coated over


 After the concert, the other IROC Z went to the GM Heritage Collection Center and this one went on the GM international auto show schedule.

In 1986, it was raffled off at a concert in New York City named "Drive Aid" All proceeds went to the Live Aid Foundation. A-25-year old computer programmer won the drawing for the Camaro but he realized he could not keep the car or pay the tax on it.

The lucky winner was named Ken Bowser of Colchester, Connecticut. In august of 1986, Ken decided to put the car up sale

He sold it to a collector who basically threw a cover over it and stored it.

Twenty-five years later, the car only has 911 original miles.







Just think, a couple of the autographs are from dead legends, like Tom Petty

Can you imagine what a 1969 Camaro with signatures from everyone who played at Woodstock would be worth?


https://www.facebook.com/heath.rodney/posts/1272699002803507
http://www.barrett-jackson.com/Events/Event/Details/1985-CHEVROLET-CAMARO-IROC-Z-2-DOOR-COUPE-161594
https://www.thirdgen.org/forums/history-originality/556049-85-camaro-iroc-z.html
https://www.facebook.com/notes/cars-on-linecom/live-aid-camaro-uncovered-after-24-years/441790960191/
http://www.camarosource.ca/rare_specialty/drive-aid_camaro/

NYPD 1946 Indian Chief

1934 Harley RL with side car finally imported to the USA, as it had always been registered in Italy since '34