Early Friend Manufacturing Company advertising took many forms and was often humorous and whimsical. Here an ink blotter carries a drawing of two unemployed birds who blame Friend for taking their jobs.
Photographed in front of Friend Manufacturing Company offices this circa 1927 'EX' model sprayer is typical of one of the most common chassis types offered by Friend. Another popular offering was the skid modela complete sprayer on skids for the
The 'EXA' model motor-pump was the last model of the Friend pressure dome engine and pump combination to be offered. The basic design of the engine varied little; the double plunger pump, shown above, was typical of the 'EX' and '
Until the Hull brothers attached their hand spray pump to a gasoline engine, orchard spraying required at least one person to operate the hand pump and another to apply the spray. The cover of the 1903 Friend sales catalog pictures Friend's engine powered
A 1908 catalog pictured what was probably Friend's first production water-cooled engine. The engine depended on an external source of cooling liquid to dissipate the heat of combustion. Note hose fittings on the top and side of the water jacket. The engin
The author's traveling Friend engine exhibit. On the left is a 1929 EXA model motor-pump; at center a 1910 motor-pump with typical slab-sided water hopper; at right the DXA model motor-pump featured in the September, 1992 GEM and now restored.