A Letter From Schramm. Inc.

March/April 1975
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Leslie B. Schramm

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Dear Anna Mae:

I am coming to you and your readers for some help.

Recently, while in England our company representative for the European area handed me a tracing (pencil rubbing) of a nameplate from an early one cylinder gas engine, and asked if I would try to locate a little more information concerning it - such as, back ground and history of the company that made the engine and anything in the way of operator's manual or parts list. This gentleman and his brother had picked up the engine at a sale and were going to restore it to operating condition, and felt that any information that could be located here in the United States might be helpful to them.

The pencil rubbing, (illegible for printing purpose) does not tell us much more than the name of the engine ('The Hired Man' manufactured by 'Associated Mfgrs. Co., Waterloo, Iowa'). On one side of the picture of 'The Hired Man' is the following 'Everything the Farmer Needs at Less Than Catalog House Prices' -on the other side of the picture, the words seem to be 'Any You Can Buy From Your Dealer . . .' (we cannot read the complete wording in this case).

If you can ask your readers for information about the 'Hired Man' as manufactured by the Associated Mgfrs. Co., of Waterloo, Iowa, and ask them to send any information to my attention - Leslie B. Schramm, C/O SCHRAMM, INC., 800 E. Virginia Avenue, West Chester, PA 19380 - I would appreciate it very much.

Entirely separate from this in formation - I enclose a photograph of the first portable compressor we built in 1908. You will notice it is built from a one cylinder gas engine as manufactured by Domestic Engine & Pump Company, and, if you look closely, you will notice the compressor half also was built from the same engine with only the cylinder head converted.

As we are coming into our 75th year in 1975, we have had occasion to rebuild this No. 1 Compressor, which we traded in 23 years after we sold it in 1908 (at the time we traded in the compressor, of course, the trade-in allowance was much greater than the original selling price). The unit is now in operating condition once again, as well as a 1919 compressor which is also built from a horizontal two cylinder engine where once of the engine cylinders has been converted to a compressor cylinder (I enclose photo of this also).

From time to time we receive requests for information about some of our old compressors, particularly those of the vintage 1908 to 1925, and while doing a little research work for someone who had recently purchased one of them, I found that the decalcomania which had been applied to our No. 1 compressor many years ago when it came back into our possession was not the proper decal (it showed pictures of later compressors, and was at least 25 years newer than the vintage of the compressor itself). We therefore took photos of some of our old machines and blew up the name decals, cleaned it up and strengthened the enlargement, then made a new set of decals from this. These are currently available to people who have our old compressors, and if among your readers someone is looking for a Schramm decal to apply to their old compressor they should write to me and I will be glad to supply the decal.

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