A fine steel plate engraving made in 1899, which illustrates the giant 1,000 horsepower steam powered air compressor built by the Allis Company. It was 60 feet tall with 68' diameter by 60' stroke cylinders and an enormous flywheel that was 22 feet in diameter and weighed 60 tons.
A trio of steam traction engines, now at the Reynolds Museum in Canada, is shown in these photos. At top left is a Gaar Scott portable about 1870, with its original wood wheels. Crankshaft is in front of boiler. Smokestack is missing. Top right photo shows Oneida 'Artisan' portable, about 1895, which was advertised and illustrated on page 52 of September/ October 1977 IMA. Museum purchased the engine after reading the ad. Bottom picture shows 1920 Bryan steamer, a recent acquisition, originally used in Florida. Rubber wheels replaced original steel; museum is seeking some original steel wheels or rims for steel wheels. (Photos courtesy of Stanley C. Reynolds, manager, Reynolds Museum, Wetaskiwin, Alberta, Canada T9A 1X7).
This is the first of what we hope will be a series of back covers showing reunions. If you have a good series of slides of your show, send them to Linda Sharron, our production director, at PO Box 328, Lancaster, PA 17603.
On the back is written 'William Brown & Family.' It comes from somewhere in Pennsylvania, probably Lancaster County, and it shows an engine and a sawmill.
Wilmer J. Eshleman, on whom we rely as a consultant, feels the engine is a Huber, and the sawmill may be a Frick. The clothing appears to be that of the 1920s.
The engine is of a size that indicates 50-60 HP. It is a return flue, a type often used in the West for sawmills.
Cost of the engine may have been $3,500 or more--and it might have represented the biggest investment the proud owner had. He may have put more into it than a house or barn would have cost in those days.
If you can furnish additional information, send it along Gerry Lestz