A TRUE 1 HORSE POWER and its replacement

| May/June 1982

New Ashford, Massachusetts 01237

After many months of fruitless searching for a historical background photo for another future article, I was referred to a Mr. Elliot Allison of Dublin, New Hampshire. By telephone a visit was arranged.

Mr. Allison, a remarkable gentleman in his 80s, and a veteran of World War I, had the photo I needed and many more interesting early photos and glass plate negatives leading to this short article.

His father, a Dublin businessman and a member of the State Legislature, was a very active photographer in the 1880s and 1900 era when glass plates (to which you applied the light-absorbing chemicals just before you took the picture) were in use. This collection of glass negatives is in excellent condition. They deteriorate or fade if not properly protected and stored; therefore, each plate was individually wrapped and then placed in an envelope and five or six envelopes in a box meticulously indexed on the outside of the box, thus pinpointing the subject needed and eliminating search exposure so that today these negatives produce good to excellent photos.

A sound heavy workhorse could power a buzz saw equal to a 3 or 4 HP gas engine, rest periods were needed for the horse, also crew added time to pass the jug. Horse powers of the treadmill type were quite common in the New England States, the one pictured was probably made in the vicinity, old time farm machinery ads indicate at least four manufacturers within a 100-mile radius manufactured horse powers.

Old Dobbin is replaced by a new-fangled gas engine, throughout the snow belt states wherever it is available, wood as a heating fuel is staging a comeback and this saw rig and a pile of wood would be a most welcome addition to a great many backyards. I have not been able to ascertain the make of engine. Does anyone have a guess? My guess is it's a 3 or 4 HP Stoddard about 1910 built in nearby Vermont.


Gas Engine Magazine A_M 16Gas Engine Magazine is your best source for tractor and stationary gas engine information.  Subscribe and connect with more than 23,000 other gas engine collectors and build your knowledge, share your passion and search for parts, in the publication written by and for gas engine enthusiasts! Gas Engine Magazine brings you: restoration stories, company histories, and technical advice. Plus our Flywheel Forum column helps answer your engine inquiries!

Be sure to take advantage of the Square Deal Subscription Program.

  • No Missed Issues.

  • No Renewal Notices.

  • No Additional Cost.

The Square Deal Subscription Program is designed as a paperless transaction with automatic renewals at a preferred low rate.   With advanced electronic notification, a 100% satisfaction guarantee and an easy opt-out plan, the Square Deal Subscription Program is the best value, risk free, eco-friendliest way to subscribe.

Facebook YouTube


Copyright 2018, All Rights Reserved
Ogden Publications, Inc., 1503 SW 42nd St., Topeka, Kansas 66609-1265