Saturday, February 28, 2009
The Injuries and Fatalities forum on the Arborist Site is a good reference to look at once in a while if you are going to be running a saw.
Fuzzpault posted this fascinating model on his YouTube channel. The Stourbridge Lion was the first locomotive operated in the United States, and was the first to be operated outside of England, according to an article on Widipedia. It was manufactured in 1828, and the parts that remain are on display at the B & O Railroad Museum at Baltimore, MD. Building a model of this quality is truely a labor of love.
Friday, February 27, 2009
VictrolaMan has posted a favorite Al Jolson song that I don't have on shellac. I have "Where Did Robinson Crusoe Go?" on vinyl repros, but this original record sounds better than my copies. That is a nice old Victor Talking Machine, too.
Thursday, February 26, 2009
Sweet Indiana Home was one of nearly 300 recordings made by Aileen Stanley, The Victrola Girl. There is a great article about her on The Jazz Age. This song is a great Fox-Trot, so push the furniture back to the wall and DANCE!
Mr. Completely has posted the first E-Postal Contest for 2009, and it is a challenging match! It looks like it will be loads of fun to shoot, so click over to Mr. C's site, read the rules, download the target, and go to your range. Take some friends and/or family and start the E-Postal year with a bang.
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
After you have saved these pages, click on the label for "T's and Other Old Vehicles" to bring up all of the posts with pages from Dyke's Ford Supplement.
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
This nicely restored gas engine was running at Old Threshers last year. When I saw the brand name on the sign my brain instantly began playing back a favorite old song, and every time I run across this video on my hard drive it starts playing again. I did a search on YouTube and found a copy of the song to share with the True Blue Fan Club, but I must warn you that it is one of those songs that sticks in your head. I hadn't heard it in more than 35 years, and when I saw the Worthington sign it came right back. It has been banging away like this gas engine ever since.
This copy of "Don't Put Your Daughter On The Stage" was posted on YouTube by Barndog44. You've been warned.
Monday, February 23, 2009
Sunday, February 22, 2009
Here is a great Monday Mornng Mood Lifter posted on YouTube by Pax 41. 'A Cup Of Coffee, A Sandwich, And You' is a song that leaves you feeling really good. Pax apologizes for the crack you hear clicking in the first portion of the record, but that is to be expected when we play these old records.
The machine in this video was from 1929, and I bet the stock market crash of 1929 ended development of this concept. It would be interesting to see how modern engineering could make this type of machine work today. EJ had about six inches of snow yesterday in Chicago; maybe I can convince him to do some design work.
Thanks to GSC in CA for the tip on this video.
Saturday, February 21, 2009
Winter is beginning to get a bit old with me, and I need to get out and cut wood again this weekend. It makes me wish for warmer weather and a good steam show. These videos were shot at Rollag, Minnesota, a show I have never attended. I hope to see it someday. I have never seen a big vertical engine like the one from the Pabst Brewery. That is really a beautiful machine. Below is a spark show given by a 40-120 HP Undermounted Avery. That is a big traction engine, and it looks as if the fireman really loaded up the firebox. The sparks start at about 1:15, so be patient.
Friday, February 20, 2009
Thursday, February 19, 2009
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
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Sunday, February 15, 2009
Saturday, February 14, 2009
When I found last week's video I looked at G1Trains' channel and was amazed by this clip. It is a radio-controlled,steam powered truck. That is a neat mix of technologies! This little rig has steering, throttle, and forward-reverse. I didn't know such a toy existed.
Friday, February 13, 2009
'A Gay Gossoon' is a great banjo song from our Edison collection. It's pre-Bluegrass, and not country, so I guess you could call it a novelty song. It was well liked by my great-grandfather, because the wear is obvious, and there are some skips near the end. I can edit out repeats, but a skip can't be fixed. It's still a good one to listen to.
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
Above, Joe Glenn is wedging over a back-weighted tree.
Monday, February 9, 2009
Sunday, February 8, 2009
RReady555 has posted Paul Whiteman's recording of 'Valencia,' which was the first electric recording made by Paul Whiteman. This song was very popular, as was Paul Whiteman, who was considered to be the Jazz King. Anyway, it's a good song to put a bounce in your step. Have a great week!
We saw this litte kitchen gadget at a flea market last fall. These things can be used to make flour or corn meal, but they are very popular with home brewers who need to crack malted barley to make their mash. When we had time to home brew, we belted up our stone buhr mill to the John Deere to crack our malt. That was much more fun than hand cranking out a bushel of malt, and it was part of the heritage of our mill, which used to crack malted corn in Eastern Kentucky for moonshiners in the Beaver Creek area in Floyd County. Back To The Old Grind!
Saturday, February 7, 2009
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Sunday, February 1, 2009
Pax41 has posted a great dance version of 'I Wanna Be Loved By You', recorded by Nat Shilkret's orchestra in 1928. This is a great song to practice your Charleston moves, and will really get your circulation going to start the week. Click on his name to go over to his channel if you would like to hear more of his collection.