Letters & Miscellanies

Fairbanks, Morse & Co., Novo, United Registry and Red & Ready

| September/October 2004

  • Bulls Eye Gasoline Engine

  • A letter found by Don Sidwell

  • Order form found by Don Sidwell
    A letter and order form found by Don Sidwell in an old hardware order book from Fairbanks, Morse & Co.
  • Red & Ready engine.
    Red & Ready engine.
    Ernest W. Hoff
  • Ernest Hoff's Red & Ready engine
    Ernest Hoff's Red & Ready engine, possibly a salesman sample?
    Ernest W. Hoff

  • Bulls Eye Gasoline Engine
  • A letter found by Don Sidwell
  • Order form found by Don Sidwell
  • Red & Ready engine.
  • Ernest Hoff's Red & Ready engine

Fairbanks, Morse & Co.

I found this letterhead and order form in an old hardware order book. I thought maybe you would have an interest putting it in the magazine.

Don Sidwell, Rural Route 1, Box 202, Queen City, MO 63561

Looking for a Novo?

Hello to the great people who put the Gas Engine Magazine together.

I called Jim Limacher who wrote the story 'Scaling the Heights' in the July 2004 GEM on page 29-31, and he suggested I drop you folks a note. I'll ask you the same question I asked him: Do you know if anyone makes a model of the old upright Novo with the water hopper on top and double flywheels? I owned one when I was in high school. I got it off a cement mixer, and I ran it in my garage hooked up to a saw to cut scrap wood up. It was real fun.



It would be fun to have a working model to start and play with.

The Novo I had stood about 3 feet tall and was very heavy. My aunt in Pennsylvania had a great big Novo that she had on a buzz saw to cut firewood. It stood at least 5 or 6 feet tall. I don't know how many horsepower it was.