Monday, July 7, 2008

Let's Look Inside

The fourth guy from the left in the banner at the top of the page is standing in the door of his blacksmith shop in Olds, Iowa. Francis Lee Morgan was born at Makanda, IL in 1872. The photo in this post was taken inside the shop, and the little girl (Orpha, my dad's mother) in the lower left was born in 1906, so I am guessing these pictures were snapped around 1910. There is a New Way hit and miss gas engine for powering the lineshaft system near the right side of the picture. I always enjoy looking at old photos like this, and I am always surprised by the details that I didn't notice before.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

There was a great film called "Ben's Mill" which was shown on PBS yearsback...
http://shop.wgbh.org/product/show/10154
I have a copy and have watched it over and over, enjoying the sound of leather belts on wooden line shaft pulleys. If you haven't seen it, I think you'd enjoy it.
- gsc1039

David aka True Blue Sam said...

Thank You! I will look that up. Are you goung to any steam and gas shows this summer? True Blue

Anonymous said...

I haven't been to a "real" show, but would like to go one of these days. I get into that rut of doing all the things I feel I should be doing instead of the things I'd like to be doing, and before you know it, I'll be too worn out to do anything, let alone the fun stuff! As close as I've gotten is the display at the local county fair or at an agricultural machinery show here and there. They used to have a big show down in Vista (southern CA near San Diego) periodically, but I never made it down there, and I think they've stopped doing that one. I usually check in the back of new issues of Gas Engine Magazine to see if there's anything local coming up. Do you do the show circuit on a regular basis?
- gsc1039

David aka True Blue Sam said...

We always spend four days at Midwest Old Threshers at Labor Day, and go to the fall show at Boonville, IN. We go to Pinckneyville on a less regular basis, and plan to go this year for their August show. The SIAM show at Evansville was really a good one, so I think we will attend it again next year. You have some engines in California that aren't seen in the rest of the country. If you go to a show you should shoot some video and post it on YouTube. True Blue