National Museum of American History (U.S.). Division of History of Technology Search this
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29 Cubic feet (81 boxes)
Scope and Contents:
Records of the Skinner Engine Company, Erie, Pennsylvania, manufacturers of Universal Unaflow engines, include correspondence and orders, 1905-1939, 1948-1951; drawings, blueprints, tracings, photographs, and files on Corliss engines, diesels, steam turbines, variable steam controls, and Kingsford and Stumpf stationary and marine unaflow engines, 1890-1941, 1944, 1948-1951; instruction and lubrication manuals, catalogs, sales literature, and other publications issued by the company, 1880-1960; tractor boiler patents, 1904; Stumpf patents, 1911; contracts, 1912-1917, 1934, 1941; and calculations, 1938. Also includes articles, advertisements, blueprints, bulletins, catalogs, correspondence, and photographs relating to other engine builders, including Chuse Engine Company, Harrisburg, Nordberg, Four Valve, and Ridgway, 1911-1938.
Arrangement: By type of material.
The first portion of this collection was donated by Skinner Engine Company to the Division of Mechanical and Civil Engineering, National Museum of HIstory and Technology (now the National Museum of American History) in 1963. Skinner donated additional materials in 1984.
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Gears, shafting, pulleys, friction clutches, bevel wheels, belting, chain, ball and socket hangers. Corliss engines; unaflow engines; poppet valve engines; drop piston valve engines. Air compressors; pumps ; beer pumps for the brewing industry ; Saw mill machinery. Slashers and wood machines; cut-off saws; band resaws; band saws ; log carriages ; circular mills and top saws; band mills. Shotgun steam feeds ; safety trap ; valve controls. Heavy timber edger ; track scraper ; grinding machines ; lath bolter ; steam niggers and log loaders ; spring cushion floor plate ; edge lumber stacking system ; saw mill carriages ; log jackers. The company also produced products for marine applications --- winches and the engines for tugboats; the company has been awarded the maritime "M" award for building triple expansion steam engines for the liberty ships in WWII and cargo ships in WWI. http://www.filerstowell.com/historypage10.htm
Black and white images
89 pieces; 3 boxes
Type of material:
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States
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