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    I always listened to Paul Harvey on the radio. I see these photos and want to know "the rest of the story". Where did it go, what was its job, etc.

    Search YouTude for "Paul Harvey The rest of the story" if interested. (in Paul Harvey, not the giant compressor)

    I found this, Starting about 2 minutes in explains about a large compressor similar to the one shown.



    (I also wish I could figure how to put YouTubes in just as a link)

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    Thanks for posting this video. Good stuff. I like old machines and equipment and antique engines. Thanks again. Mr. Mikey.

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    Note the initial commentator, in a standard compressor plant, amid centrifugal pumps, ~100hp electric motors, large castings entailing complicated coring, foundations, jackscrews, piping and control panels are glossed over; while oil sight tube, & revolutionary crane on wheels (crane + wheels = gantry, crane on ground = A-frame) a rarity, get vapid "Oh, that's cool" treatment.
    Steampunk mentality personified. That's who screws black pipe, steam fittings and pressure gauges together for an electric lamp; leave off gauges, it's a 'industrial' shelf bracket. Everything about appearance, zero on merit, capability, applicability.
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    Monongahela Railway Company traveling crane. Alicia, PA. August, 1934.

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    Just when it seemed I had crane designations in tow;
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    Mesta Machine Company vertical bar shear. West Homestead, PA. 1905-1925.

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    High-quality black-and-white photographs of large old machines and tools-lathe.jpg
    Hello, I saw this picture of an old lathe and thought this would great to post. Looks like 1920's. I'm not sure what make this is. Notice the machinist is wearing a tie. Thanks. Mr Mikey.

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    well of coarse we wear ties.

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    Best to include a suitable and secure tie clasp. Back in the early days of my career I wore a tie clasp that was a cheap simple silver plated bar to which I mounted a tiny 440 stainliss steel ball bearing.

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