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A Letter From Schramm. Inc.

| March/April 1975

  • 1919 Compressor

    Leslie B. Schramm
  • Compressor cylinder
    Courtesy of Leslie B. Schramm, President.
    Leslie B. Schramm

  • 1919 Compressor
  • Compressor cylinder

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.


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