I am pleased to hear that you are now offering Jumbo Post Cards of Steam Engines - and in color! Being a full-pledged admirer of the grand ole steam engine, I couldn't miss out on this deal. I do believe they will sell. The real era of steam power has passed but the reunions will keep their memory alive for years to come.
I've just passed into a new 'era' myself, as I am now 20 years old. Those teen-age years sure went fast!
M. L. MATTHEWS, 126 N. Main Street, Hampstead, Maryland
I read and thoroughly digest all of the interesting items in your magazine. My only regret is that it does not come more often. I realize how much work it must take to publish each issue. I love to look at the pictures, and see all the articles. I didn't know there were so many different makes of engines!
I first heard of your magazine when I went to the Richland County Steam Threshers Reunion in August. There I met Mr. Melvin M. Ludy, R. D. 2, Dover, Ohio. He owns a N & S steamer and was very kind to me and my friends. He answered all my many questions and got me my first magazine subscription.
I am 17 years old and will graduate from Lucas High School this spring. I joined the Navy Reserve and will be going for two years active duty and also to school to learn a technical trade (some sort of mechanical engineering). I was surprised to learn that many Navy ships are run on steam power although they are turbines, instead of the reciprocating type.
I plan to own an engine of my own some day and am looking forward to it.
ROGER FRANKLIN CULLER, JR., Rt. 1, Lucas, Ohio
I recently recived the book, Wood Taber and Morse and it brought back memories of such an engine that ran our old-time flour and sawmill. It was a 35 hp and had a large band wheel on the shaft. The mill was a modern 3 stand roller-mill of the Hungarian pattern that began to come out about 1870. It ran until 1907, then shut down for the last time.
I was a small boy then, but a bunch of us played in that old mill and sawyard. I took a great interest in the machinery of that 3-story building. One large belt ran from the basement to the top of the third story and was made of leather 14 inches wide. The engine was installed in 1869, so it was a rare engine even at that time. No one remembered how it was hauled from Kansas City, Missouri, a hundred miles away. One old-timer believed that he heard it was pulled all the way by ox-team on large skidtimbers by ten yoke of ox.
No railroads were in existence then. A man was sent from the factory to oversee the setting-up. The stack was 12 feet square at the base and 60 feet high, built of limestone rocks, set in lime-sand mortar. Cordwood was the fuel used and many a farmer, and town man made their winter wages cutting and hauling cordwood for the hungry boiler. The mill was a stone burr mill from its beginning until the change was made to roller mill. How that 35 hp engine could run that mill and the saw at the same time was a mystery to me, but it was done. 'Hats off to the old-time steam engine.'
More about the old one-lung tractor on the back page of your Jan.-Feb. issue. It is a Fairbanks-Morse tractor, 25 hp, about 1910. I looked at the front of the picture with a flashlight and a reading glass which brings out the letters that are not visible otherwise. I learned this trick years ago. Although I don't think that was what you wanted to know in the first place, I think you wanted to know who owned this particular tractor.
AUBREY L. BOBBITT, Uniontown, Kansas
When the old Somersworth Foundry in Salmon Falls, New Hampshire, was razed, the steam whistle was 65 feet from the ground and mounted on the chimney and out of the junkman's reach fortunately!
The 2' pipe, which went up half the height of the chimney on the inside and came through for whistle mounting on the outside, was cut along with two braces and its 200 pound weight lowered to the ground with effort and success.
It is a chime whistle and valve made by Crosby, 8' in diameter by 24', 2' pipe, whistle size. The valve is electric solenoid or lever operated.
PAUL RIDEOUT, South Berwick, Maine