REFLECTIONS

A Brief Word

| May/June 1995

  • Globe engine from Globe Iron Works
    30/5/A
  • Kinkade tractor
    30/5/7A
    Vernon Schederer
  • Kinkade tractor
    30/5/7B
    Vernon Schederer
  • 3 HP Great Western engine
    30/5/8B
    Michael O'Malley
  • 3 HP Great Western engine
    30/5/8C
    Michael O'Malley
  • Four-cylinder Novo engine
    30/5/15A
    J. M. Bingman
  • 3 HP Great Western engine
    30/5/8A
    Michael O'Malley
  • Four-cylinder Novo engine
    30/5/15b
    J. M. Bingman
  • 3 HP Bulls Eye engine
    30/5/19A
    Larry Hughes
  • 3 HP Bulls Eye engine
    30/5/19B
    Larry Hughes
  • Ideal Jr. Power Lawn Mower
    30/5/B
  • Bates & Edmonds tank-cooled engine
    30/5/20A
    Norman R. Parrish
  • Unidentified Engine
    30/5/21A
    W. H. McGibb
  • Bates & Edmonds tank-cooled engine
    30/5/20B
    Norman R. Parrish
  • Unidentified Engine
    30/5/25A
    Edward D. Hutchins
  • Unidentified Engine

    Edward D. Hutchins
  • Unidentified Engine
    30/5/21C
    W. H. McGibb
  • Unidentified Engine
    30/5/21B
    W. H. McGibb
  • Spry Wheel
    RW-1
    John C. Romaine
  • Alamo engine

    Verne Kindschi
  • Alamo engine

    Verne Kindschi
  • Crosley Farm-O-Road
    30/5/D
  • Alamo engine

    Verne Kindschi
  • Automatic Light Plant
    30/5/C
  • Galloway 2 horsepower engine
    30/5/2C
    Rick Hanson
  • Pump
    30/5/2B
    Rick Hanson
  • Pump
    30/5/2A
    Rick Hanson
  • 1 HP Globe air-cooled engine
    30/5/3
    Bob Kubisch
  • General Tractor
    30/5/6
    Larry D. Walker

  • Globe engine from Globe Iron Works
  • Kinkade tractor
  • Kinkade tractor
  • 3 HP Great Western engine
  • 3 HP Great Western engine
  • Four-cylinder Novo engine
  • 3 HP Great Western engine
  • Four-cylinder Novo engine
  • 3 HP Bulls Eye engine
  • 3 HP Bulls Eye engine
  • Ideal Jr. Power Lawn Mower
  • Bates & Edmonds tank-cooled engine
  • Unidentified Engine
  • Bates & Edmonds tank-cooled engine
  • Unidentified Engine
  • Unidentified Engine
  • Unidentified Engine
  • Unidentified Engine
  • Spry Wheel
  • Alamo engine
  • Alamo engine
  • Crosley Farm-O-Road
  • Alamo engine
  • Automatic Light Plant
  • Galloway 2 horsepower engine
  • Pump
  • Pump
  • 1 HP Globe air-cooled engine
  • General Tractor

Recently we were in an antiquarian bookshop, as we are wont to do. This particular one had a sizable cage in the back of the basement, and through the wire we could see something that looked like old literature. A request to see this material got the door unlocked, and we plunged forward. While most of the material was automotive (and outside of our collecting interests) we found some large packets of magazine clippings.

Photo 30/5/A is from McClure's Magazine of November 1902, and illustrates the Globe engine from Globe Iron Works. Photo 30/5/B is from the Literary Digest of May 1916, and illustrates the Ideal Jr. Power Lawn Mower. Although most of us are familiar with the Ideal mowers with the horizontal engine (see page 238 of American Gas Engines), we've not seen the vertical engine shown in this 1916 advertisement.

A Matthews Automatic Light Plant is illustrated in 30/5/C. This interesting and very compact unit was fully automatic, and capable of starting and stopping on its own accord, as compared to making a trip to the basement or the wash house for this purpose. This advertisement is from the May 1916 issue of Literary Digest.

One of the most interesting ads we found was for the Crosley Farm-O-Road shown in 30/5/D. The unit shown here was equipped with a front-mounted mower, and numerous other implements were also available. This one was illustrated in Town & Country for April 1951. At the present time we're compiling a book, American Gas Engine Trademarks. It will present several hundred different trademarks in their entirety, and will be published by Stemgas Publishing Company. We discovered a great many trademarks that we hadn't heard of before. All in all, we think this will be a significant title for gas engine collectors. More information will come later.



The upcoming tour to Germany and other countries, set for September 9-23, is seeing considerable activity, with a substantial number of reservations already. If you haven't yet talked to GEM about a tour packet, call them at (717) 392-0733 or send a fax to (717) 392-1341. They'll be happy to send you all the information, including a detailed itinerary. We think it will be a trip to remember, especially since Wade Farm Tours is in charge. Rob Rushen-Smith and Jackie Coggan will be our couriers; both are very knowledgeable, and Jackie in particular has traveled widely in Europe. Alex Skinner will be accompanying the group as our resident expert. Those who have met him already know this, and those who haven't will find him to be quite as affable and helpful as we're telling you. So join me and my wife Sheila, and spend a couple of interesting and enjoyable weeks with us as we traverse parts of Switzerland, Germany, Holland, Belgium, France, and England.

Our first question is: