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Button steam fire engine

Jack Norbeck

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Button steam fire engine built in 1889 by the Button Fire Engine Works, Waterford. N.Y., owned by the Union Fire Company of Belmar, N.J.

Ray May's attractive team of lightweight draft horses from Schaefferstown, Pa., is hitched to the engine, which has pump capacity of 250 gallons a minute (fifth size engine). In service until 1924.

Photo taken at Muhlenberg College, Allentown, Pa., by Jack Norbeck. author of Encyclopedia of American Steam Traction Engines; shown in second revised edition.

STEAM ROLLER MATTRESS TEST A steam roller was used in a dramatic way to show the qualities of a mattress, in this demonstration shown above, which took place about 50 years ago. The Herr Manufacturing Company of Lancaster, Pennsylvania was proud of the quality of its Serta Perfect Sleeper mattresses, and wanted to show the public how resilient the product could be. So a sample mattress was placed on a Lancaster street, and the roller went over it. As can be seen, a crowd was attracted. After the demonstration, a drawing was held and the winner received the mattress.

Shown is a 1911 20 HP Twentieth Century steam engine owned by Michael Jay Miller, Rockwood, Pennsylvania. Picture taken at 1979 Farmers and Threshermens Jubilee in New Centerville, Pennsylvania.

Pictured is a J. I. Case engine, 40 x 150 HP. I do not know where it came from or the serial number. It was made into a show engine and is located on Highway 23, south of Spring Green, Wisconsin. It was the largest Case ever built.