POST CARDS


| March/April 1958

  • Homemade steamer engine

  • Unidentified engine
    Mr. Ernest Cox, 1200 Cincinnati Street, Lafayette, Indiana, wants to know if any of the readers can tell him something: about this engine. He has no information whatsoever. He would like to have it for his collection.
  • Hudson type locomotive
    Phil Wetander, Kirkwood, Illinois, sends us this and says, Lake Wales Southern Railway. This is a nice Hudson type locomotive which operates on a mile track. I had the pleasure of operating it. Come down to Florida next winter and I will take you for a ri
  • State Corn Husking Contest
    Harold Anderson, R. D. 3, Washington, Illinois, sends us this picture and says, Picture was taken at the State Corn Husking Contest. The contestants said they could not hear the bombs so I brought the Wood Bros., engine and put my steamboat whistle on. Th
  • Reunion Gems
    Reunion Gems
  • Robert J. Segen
    Mr. Robert J. Segen, 555 E. 99th Street, Brooklyn 36, New York, built this engine and says, The engine was built from an old refrigerator compressor. Bore 15/8, stroke 1 . It was made by installing a new cylinder head thick with a piston valve and addin
  • Grain cleaning and treating machine
    This is a grain cleaning and treating machine built by Jesse Barber, Lavinia, Iowa. He says, I have cleaned and treated 100 bushels of oats in 15 minutes. He has two of these machines.
  • Hay loader
    This is the shock and hay loader that Jesse R. Barber built when help' was scarce. He put a load on in 8 minutes. That was as fast as two men could handle it. He says he had this patented too late Threshing was about over then.
  • Model Corliss steam engine
    Mrs. Weiss and her husband's 4 hp. Model Corliss steam engine. 3 inch bore and 7 inch stroke. It was built by a man in Alton and his widow' gave it to a high school some 25 years ago and no one remembers the name.
  • Wheat Fields
    Harvest Hands on their Way to the Wheat Fields of the Northwest, 1890 This was a painting and first reproduced in Harpers Weekly and then in the Minneapolis (Minn.) Sunday Tribune. It was made at Casselton, North Dakota. It records the fact that the Wheat
  • Ault-man Taylor road engine
    The engine that powers the saw mill at MILLERS place. A 16 hp. Ault-man Taylor road engine No. 7883. It was new about 1911.
  • Weedon walking- beam engine
    The engine in the center is a Weedon walking- beam and the others are old German verticals. Both engines have boiler feed pumps mounted horizontally on side. Cylinders mounted vertically.
  • Vertical boiler engine
    Engine on right is a vertical boiler and horizontal engine geared to a dynamo. It was made in Bavaria. Engine on left is a German built vertical with boiler feed pump.

  • Homemade steamer engine
  • Unidentified engine
  • Hudson type locomotive
  • State Corn Husking Contest
  • Reunion Gems
  • Robert J. Segen
  • Grain cleaning and treating machine
  • Hay loader
  • Model Corliss steam engine
  • Wheat Fields
  • Ault-man Taylor road engine
  • Weedon walking- beam engine
  • Vertical boiler engine

A homemade steamer. This engine was built by Mr. Bahre and his son in their shop in McPherson from parts gathered here and there. Mr. Bahre said the machine was patterned after a Case engine. He said that when he started on the project a number of friends became interested and when they had a pipe, a fitting, a wheel or something they thought he could use they would bring it to his shop. From this collection and the items Bahre made himself the steamer grew into a machine that actually runs. The boiler, for instance, was made from 18 in. casing, the flues are IV2 inch tubing, the wheels are drill wheels cut down, there are some tractor gears and other miscellaneous parts. It weighed 1730 pounds.

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