Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Set 340

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1951. Approximately 5' wide:

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1952. Around 24" long:

1953. 57" long:

1954. 6" long:

1955. About 14" long:

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1956. These photos are both partial shots of something that is common in my area, not sure if they are found all over the country or not:

The cylinders are around 5" diameter:


1951. A limber that was used with at least four horses to pull a cannon:

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1952. A large rounding plane that is called a witchet, it rounds the male end of a section of wooden water pipe (actually a bored-out tree trunk) so that it fits tightly into the female end of another section or a coupling, it was then coated with tar, and inserted. The tool could have also been used for the same purpose on wooden gas pipes.

1953. A Cessna tow bar, it attaches to the front landing gear so the plane can be pulled to the hanger:

1954. A shoe maker's shank laster, used to stretch the upper of a boot over the last into the hollow of the shank:

1955. A hoof trimmer for a horse, patent number 511,885:

1956. A portable traffic arrow:

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  1. 1951. is a limber for a civil war era cannon.

    1953 is a tow handle for a small airplane for manuvering the plane into the hanger.

  2. 1951 also known as a Caisson

    1955 Horseshoe puller

  3. 1956 is a railroad signal

  4. Correct answers so far:

    1951. Limber
    1953. Airplane tow bar

  5. 1952 is the cutter for sizing wagon hubs prior to applying the iron band.

  6. 1952. Not being able to sleep, I have spent some time researching the use of hollow logs to transmit gas, or indeed, anything. So far, I can't find anything about this at all. Can anyone help?

    - Edward

  7. Try this link, it is for wood water mains. I haven't heard of wood gas mains.


  8. Awesome find! Thanks

    - Edward