Sunday, August 30, 2015

No Running In Place!

Give it your best on Monday! Fill your hopper and get Back To The Old Grind!

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Not My Victrola: Waitin' For The Evening Mail

We haven't listened to a good old Al Jolson song for a long time, and this is a good one.

Mr. Completely's September 2015 e-Postal: Exponential Windage And Elevation

Expect to have high scores this month! You can shoot from any position so long as your hands support your firearm, and you can really show off your finest marksmanship skills. The rules are printed on the target: Shoot at 25’ with pistol, 25 yards with rifle; any position. Hands, not a rest, must support the firearm. (Your hands can be supported by a rest; you can shoot with a sling from prone.) Fire ten shots. Double your points for scoring in two 20 sections; Double again for scoring in three 20 sections. Double again for scoring in four 20 sections. Double your score for hitting two X’s. Double again for three X’s. Double again for four X’s. SHOOT THE MOON option! Hit all four X’s with only four shots on the paper, get 12,800 points. (Total Possible points with ten shots)

If you fire all ten shots, you can get your X- doubles on 1, 2, 3, or 4 X's, but if you want to Shoot the Moon you must hit all X's. An X can be used for a 20 double, but a 20 without the X is not an X double. Touch a line and you get the larger score. Print the PDF HERE.  

Shoot Merle's target, too, while these two matches overlap. I will split the entries into classes based on your firearm and sight info. I plan to include non-magnified red-dots with iron sights.

Send photos or scans of your targets to: truebluetravelinman (at) gmail (dot) com.

Friday, August 28, 2015

Weekend Steam: Romania


From the heritage series this is a concise movie about one of the almost gone jobs in Eastern Europe: manual loading mocanita wagon. In Romania the person performing this job is called "tapinar". 
Today the wagons are loaded mechanical and this manual activity is almost gone. The only place still to find this old tradition is the CFF Viseu de Sus forestry narrow gauge line in Maramures, Romania.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Crankin' It Up With Brat The Cat

Here's a real knee-slapper (Not Really) from May, 1914. I think this song is based on a very old joke, or maybe this song is old enough that the old joke is based on it.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Summer Is Winding Down

Ironweed, goldenrod and boneset are in full bloom and the bees are working hard to put away honey for winter. Fall honey is strong and dark because of goldenrod, and beekeepers don't rob it. That's good, because the bees need it. These boneset flowers have a very delicate fragrance, and I think the honey from them would be good if it wasn't mixed with goldenrod. This photo makes me sad because of the wings on this little working girl. She is just about worn out, and won't live to see next spring. (Click the photo to enlarge.)

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Ruger's Auctions (Yes, Two This Week) To Benefit The Light Foundation and Honored American Veterans Afield

Ruger is pulling out all the stops this week with TWO auctions for two worthy causes. Click Ruger's photos for the details, and to have a go against the collectors! Both of these fine firearms will sell mid-day, Wednesday, August 26, 2015.


Friday, August 21, 2015

Weekend Steam: Three Hundred Twenty Plows In The Ground!

There's probably a song in this somewhere, if you have the talent to write something as catchy as 99 Bottles! The American Threshermen put on quite a show with the Case Expo and they plowed this field in one pass with a whole bunch of Case tractors. If you tire of the internal combustion models, just scoot the slider over to eight minutes for steam action. Two 110's, an 80, and a 60.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

1918 Case 20-40; A Tale Of Woe, And Of Triumph!

Last Friday we took off for Pinckneyville and had a very productive few hours looking, photographing, visiting with friends, and shooting video. This beautiful Case from 1918 stood out among the machines we saw moving about the grounds, and we got some great pics.

I just learned today that when they fired this old girl on Saturday, the crankshaft broke. That is a catastrophe if you have a machine from 1918, but People's Good! And Cell Phones! The owners got on the phone, and within an hour they tracked down a crankshaft in Canada that they could purchase. This tractor will be torn down and be reborn in the months ahead.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Was This A Gag?

Twenty years ago this informational piece came across my desk, and it stuck. I have always wondered if U.S. Forest Service personnel actually tried this method of disposal. I guess it would be handy if you had old explosives you needed to use, or it would be good for making the low man on the totem pole remove shoes off a five day old carcass. I bet that was good for a laugh.

(Click on images to enlarge them.)

That reminds me of a story a friend told me about practicing with explosives while he was in the Army. He and a buddy were busting boulders by packing explosives on top, with a mud cap, when they wondered if the boulders would break with a charge underneath. That technique launched a boulder out of sight. They had invented the Potato Gun, but never got credit for it!

I am also reminded of this old news video from 1970. If you are going to try this method, don't call me; but I would like to see your pictures.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Could It Be....

...DIESEL? That's what it looks like to me now that we've had a closer look, and I found an intact example on SMOKSTAK. (See second picture in the SMOKSTAK post.)

Here's what it looks like up close.

Ruger's Auction To Benefit Honored American Veterans Afield

This week we have another good one for average folks! Ruger is selling a P90, .45 ACP pistol with manual safety that was made in 1990, and is new, in the box in Ruger's vault. This fine pistol is not attracting the collector crowd, so you have a chance for a good deal, and can do a good deed. This fine Ruger comes with two 7 round magazines, high visibility white dot sights (rear is adjustable for windage), a magazine loading tool, ambidextrous safety levers, and ambidextrous magazine latch. Don't let this deal pass you by! Click Here to place your bid. 100% of the proceeds of this sale will go to benefit Honored American Veterans Afield. This great Ruger will sell mid-day, Wednesday, August 19, 2015.

$456! Someone got a great deal!

Monday, August 17, 2015

Big Case Tractor At American Thresherman Show

The show at Pinckneyville was a Case Expo this year, and there was a boatload of old iron assembled in Racine. This 40-72 Cross-Motor was one of the more remarkable sights, and we got to see it pulling a plow! What a great machine!

Tuesday Turbo Boost

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Not My Victrola

I'm still learning. Edison started out with cylinders, and they went through some technological changes, but I always figured that his disc business pushed the cylinders aside. Well, this song, the Home Again Blues is from 1920, and that sure beats the Uncle Josh and Minstrel Era songs that he published on cylinders in the early 1900's.

Crankin' It Up; Pathetic Ballads

Pathetic ballads were a big thing at one time. The Baggage Coach Ahead is a classic, and it is about a young widowed husband and his child as the deceased mother is carried in "The Baggage Coach Ahead". Young Marion Parker fits the genre, except this is a true story. Marion Parker was twelve years old, and was abducted from her school, held for ransom, and murdered. There are gruesome details, which you can read about HERE. The murderer told the cops that he needed the ransom money to attend Bible college. It's all very fascinating, and very sad. The song fits into the Country Music category in OKeh's list of records.

Weekend Steam: Threshing At Pinckneyville

This Advance steam engine was pulling a thresher with a Garden City feeder, so it can be fed from two bundle wagons. They choked it up! The belt slipped, but the engineer shut it down before it came off. The crew had to pull panels off the thresher and dig out wheat, and when they started up again you should have seen the chunks going out the blower. It was a pretty good show.
In this video you will see the engineer use one of the injectors to add water to the boiler, and stoking the fire with coal. Note how he hits the corners. As we were leaving the show we were lucky enough to catch this engine as it returned to the steam engine lineup.

Friday, August 14, 2015

Stand Back, Guys!

She knows how to use that thing! Yep, we took a day off and went to Pinckneyville. It was a quick visit, but we did see many new things, and we have photos and video to share in the days ahead.

I have been wanting to see one of these Pioneer tractors for fifty years, and one appeared at the American Thresherman show this year. We didn't get to see/hear it run, but at least there is YouTube to fall back on. It's big!

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Recipe For Recurring Failures

Knock the top out of a tree, let the resulting sprouts grow as they wish, wait twenty to forty years for your disaster. I have been seeing that a lot lately. A thunderstorm in July tore down this white pine that had multiple competing tops. It only got a high tension line on its way down.

This tree was weakened by an injury long ago that broke the top out. It then grew competing tops that were not anchored to the center, and there was rot introduced with the injury, which you can plainly see in the second photo.

This red maple appears to be rot-free, but it had the same poor structure due to an injury many years ago. It also had a house for a target.

This pin oak has a similar history to the first two trees. The top was knocked out, and multiple branches all tried to be the top. Rot got into this one, too. The branch went clear to the frame of this home, and crushed a man in his bed. If you have a tree with this type of structure within striking distance of your home, barn, parking place, or picnic table, you might want to take it down. 100% of the trees you see in the forest will at some time end up on the ground. One of your priorities in life should be not to be in the way when it happens.