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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]


5 Responses to Awesome Engravings of 19th Century Industrial Machinery

  1. goodmaei says:

    If anyone has reason to stop by MAG-IAS in Hebron, KY (they bought Cincinnati Lamb a while ago), they have almost the exact same milling machine in their lobby, fully restored. Serial number 3. It’s beautiful. Just uploaded a pic to flickr, for those interested.

  2. jesse says:

    I think Cincinnati Milling Machine was mentioned in the “Machine Tools” episode of Modern Marvels: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NSGmooZmNWQ .

    Fascinating to watch regardless.

  3. Brau says:

    I *LOVE* the artistry and craftsmanship in old machinery. There’s a fluidity and asymmetry to the hand formed shapes that is not present in today’s computer aided design(CAD)machines. Some of these old machines are just as sculpted as garden statues.

  4. Gary says:

    Go check out http://www.owwm.com. The folks there are incredibly talented. They restore vintge woodworking and metal working machines. And then they actually use them.

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