TM reader Jeremy dropped us a line and tipped us off to something that’s been eating my time ever since: a site containing scans of hundreds of old pieces of industrial equipment ranging from machine tools to steam and gas engines, and even advertisements for many of them.
The site appears to belong to Mark Conley, who is also a collector of saw sets. Don’t click that link if you, like me, are interested in the saw sets, too. Otherwise you’ll lose even more productivity. Even though the site seems un-maintained — you’ll find lots of broken images and links — it’s totally worth your time just to uncover the engravings. As Jeremy says, “I find it endlessly fascinating to look at the detail and craftsmanship.” It’s also interesting to me how much and how little some of these machines have changed over time. Take, for example, the mill he scanned above. It’s not that different from the Bridgeport in my dad’s shop in the ’70s.
Engravings of Machinery [MachineryScans.com]