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Blog Smith is inspired by the myth of Hephaestus in the creation of blacksmith-like, forged materials: ideas. This blog analyzes topics that interest me: IT, politics, technology, history, education, music, and the history of religions.

Monday, July 31, 2017

New Era Press

This is a web platen printing press made by New Era Mfg. of Patterson, NJ. The company ceased operation in 1978. It is a unique design that features an intermittent web feed for which New Era received a patent. This machine's 9" x 12" printing heads are ductile iron castings with crank arms malleable iron cast. The press configuration allows for multiple in-line operations such as punching holes, die cutting shapes, slitting the paper, glueing reinforcements, attaching eyelets, while at the same time printing or embossing.

The versatility of the this letterpress allows it to make tags, die cut door hangers, self-adhesive labels, manifold business forms, embossed seals, numbered tickets, and a multitude of other specialty items too numerous to list.

The press in this video has three printing heads, one toggle die head, one punch head, slitting unit, cut-off unit, friction clutch matrix rewind, Reeves Drive paper unwind, and infrared ink driers. The variable drive is a Westinghouse 7 1/2 HP slip ring AC motor with added mechanical clutch.

Impressions per hour: 0 to 7,500
Feeds per impression: 1 to 3
Feeds in increments of 1/16": At 1 feed p/impression 0" to 16". At 2 feeds p/impression 0" to 8". At 3 feeds p/impression 0" to 5 5/16".
Feet per minute: 0' to 166' (average with 3" feed, at 2 feeds p/impression = 62' p/minute)
The machine in the video is running at approx. 4,000 impessions p/hour at 1 feed p/impression making a die cut label that is being cured by infrared drying.

New Era was one of four web platen presses made in America in the 20th Century. Others were Kluge Web Flow, Pearce, and Young Tag Presses. Pearce and New Era were very similar in clam shell platen design, while Young primarily relied a vertical post platen without clam shell pivot. The Kluge Web Flow was a modification of the standard Kluge with a vertical clam shell. Dennison Mfg. also made a custom design web platen called the "Dennison Speeder" for their own use.

(The Terrier's name is Foster and he doesn't like the 90+ decible noise.)

https://youtu.be/O9pgbBfxCYg

Sunday, July 30, 2017

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Friday, July 28, 2017

Parent’s First New Car, The "Buiee,” Requiscent In Pace, Leo J. Smith, 1936 - 2005


The "Buiee"
Requiscent In Pace (RIP), Leo J. Smith, 1936 - 2005

Dad at work, 1957, Gubelman Inc., Newark, N.J.

Life for Dad’s favorite car and my parent’s first new car, a 1957 Buick Special Riviera 46-R began in Wilmington, DE and was sold 25 May 1957 at Eddie Schwarz's of Honesdale, PA (http://www.eschwarz.com/). The payment was $90.90 a month for three years but my parents paid $180.00 a month for eighteen months and paid it off. The base price of the vehicle was $2,704.


1957 saw the continued growth of bigger taller tail fins on new cars and more lights, bigger with more powerful engines and an average car sold for $2,749. Ad men invented the future and post-war artists sold us a vision of a luxurious, automated suburban lifestyle.

One of the best descriptions of the 1950s has been written by David Halberstam:

The fifties were captured in black-and-white, most often by still photographers; by contrast, the decade that followed was, more often than not, caught in living color on tape or film. Not surprisingly, in retrospect the pace of the fifties seems slower, almost languid. Social ferment, however, was beginning just beneath this placid surface. It was during the fifties, for example, that the basic research in the development of the birth control pill took place; but it was not until the decade later that this technological advance had a profound effect upon society. Then, apparently overnight—rather conservative—indeed cautious sexual practices were giving way to what commentators would speak of as the sexual revolution. It was in the fifties that the nation became wired for television, a new medium experimented with by various politicians and social groups. Ten years later television had begun to alter the political and social fabric of the country, with stunning consequences (The Fifties, ix-x).

“The private beach house of the future” with hovering cars, helicopter cars and a new word ‘airphibious cars.’ Ford brochure, 1957.

Dad was a huge Brooklyn Dodgers fan and he played for numerous softball teams all throughout my childhood; eventually, he played at the Senior Softball All Star level.

Gil Hodges was one of Dad's Brooklyn heroes; here is Gil's baseball card during his fifth season as skipper of the Washington Senators. 

The 1957 Brooklyn Dodgers season was overshadowed by Walter O'Malley's threat to move the Dodgers out of Brooklyn if the city did not build him a new stadium in that borough. When the best the mayor could promise was a stadium in Queens, O'Malley made good on his threats and moved the team to Los Angeles after the season ended. The Dodgers final game at Ebbets Field was on September 24 as they finished their 68th and last NL season, and their 75th overall, in Brooklyn in third place with an 84–70 record, eleven games behind the NL and World Series Champion Milwaukee Braves. The Dodgers even played eight home games at Roosevelt Field in Jersey City and my dad had an opportunity to compete on that very field when I was a kid.

Dad as a five-year old in 1941.

The 1941 Brooklyn Dodgers won the National League Pennant: this is the 1966 Old Timers' Day Program when Dad took me to Yankee Stadium.

Dad on his company team, Nashua Corp., playing short stop during the 1960s.

Dad took me to the Dodgers vs. Yankees Old Timers' Day, 23 July 1966; he cheered for the Brooklyn Bums; I was a Yankee fan.


At the time, the biggest movie stars of the 1950s were Marlon Brando and James Dean.

“Above all, television threatened the movie business. By 1951, cities with only one television station reported drops in movie attendance of 20 to 40%, and wherever television appeared, movie theaters began to close; in New York City, Eric Barnouw noted, 55 theaters closed by 1951 and in Southern California, 134 (Halberstam, 185).”

Movies included "Twelve Angry Men" and "The Bridge Over the River Kwai.”

Popular Films

The Ten Commandments
Around the World in Eighty Days
12 Angry Men
Jailhouse Rock by Elvis Presley
The Bridge on the River Kwai
The Three Faces of Eve


Sophia Loren checks out Jane Mansfield’s assets in 1957.

Popular Books

The Cat in the Hat - Dr. Seuss
From Russia with Love - Ian Fleming
The Guns of Navarone - Alistair MacLean

TV showed "Perry Mason" and "Maverick" for the first time.

“Nothing showed the power of this new medium to soften the edge between real life and fantasy better than the coming of Lucille Ball (Halberstam 196).”

The final new episode of the classic television comedy “I Love Lucy” aired on CBS on May 6th. The episode was titled “The Ricardos dedicate a Statue.” Throughout the series’ 181 episode run, viewers watched Lucy’s crazy antics unfold with the help of her landlords Fred and Ethel, often to the dismay of her husband Ricky. The show had been nominated for several Prime Time Emmy Awards and won four. It starred real-life couple Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz who went on to continue the show in a different format from the end of the year to 1960 as “The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour.”

In 1957  rock ‘n’ Roll artists such as Little Richard, Chuck Berry, and Buddy Holly were hitting the charts.

https://m.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLTFzQlK7fWk9eHTH69gnKbu9zlRjd4SBK

Elvis Presley purchased a mansion in Memphis, Tennessee and called it ”Graceland;” Elvis premiered the film “Jailhouse Rock.”

The popular Philadelphia television show “American Bandstand” made its national television debut in August. The show aired on ABC and featured groups of teenagers dancing to the most popular songs of the week. Often, one of the featured musical acts would appear on the show to perform a lip-synced version of their hit song. The show was hosted by Dick Clark.

Popular toys were Slinkys and Hula Hoops as well as the first Frisbees.

In 1957 Americans were was optimistic although the era was not without its share of concerns.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=R6bHs8Vm3EQ

On October 4th the USSR launched the first artificial satellite Sputnik 1. The United States attempted to launch its first satellite, the Vanguard TV3 rocket, but it failed.



http://www.touchcast.com/gmicksmith/sputnik-1759

The Sputnik moment concerned many Americans at just this time.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=GhJnt3xW2Fc

“No one in the Eisenhower administration, despite all the warnings, was prepared. Even worse, and this was surely generational, none of the senior men even saw at first what a psychological victory it was for the Soviets (p. 624).”

Not only was safety an international Cold War issue closer to home and on earth this was an problem. In May 1957, after hurtling at 90 miles an hour along Route 202 teenagers crashed and were killed. Their crashed car was then displayed as a warning to students at the Plymouth-Whitemarsh High School in Ambler, PA.

It was during this context that my young parents added the Safety Group extras for $31.00.

The traditional 1957 Buick Special spoke to a bygone era when new. Buick actively promoted its models in sales materials. The specifications of the model made it competitive in the market.

https://youtu.be/NB4ClGuwu9A



In addition, service was promoted by Buick dealers.

https://youtu.be/tP26T-0x5pE



Compared to earlier years, the Buick Dealer Training Organization reduced their films to only nine. Buick sales decreased and 1957 was the beginning of difficult years for Buick. For example, a sales film presentation was given to Ford sales people at dealership meetings extolling the virtues of the 1957 Ford Fairlane over its competitors, e.g., the Buick Special.


1957 Buick Promotional Brochure

Competition to Buick included many other 1957 models.
Oldsmobile

Studebaker

Chevrolet

Pontiac

Dodge

Nonetheless, mom and dad went with the Buick and bought the Special with an owner service policy.

Mom and Dad, Owner Service Policy, 25 May 1957


Mom and Dad's Owner Identification Card, 5/25/57

Dad liked the car so much he told mom she could pick out the colors and she said the Mint Green & Hunter Green jumped out at her when she first saw it. My parents then had the red stripe applied as an aftermarket item from the dealer.


These may be original license plates for the "Buiee."

One of the unusual aspects of the 1957 Buick is the automatic starting system. The ignition is turned on but the car does not start until the gas pedal is depressed and then the engine turns over. 

The car features a new, for the time, but unusual engine: the Nailhead.

An unusual aspect of the vehicle is the Buick V-8 "Nailhead" which was a radical departure from Buick's history of overhead valve straight-8 cylinder engines produced beginning in 1931. Thus, the Nailhead engine was an engineering breakthrough when it was delivered in 1953, in that it was narrow and relatively light compared to the Olds, Caddy, Lincoln - and even the small Ford 234 V-8.


                           The Nailhead's loopy head design and vertical valve orientation.

The Nailhead was an OHV/pushrod engine like the then new Oldsmobile "Rocket V8" engine. This engine became known as the "Nailhead" for the unusual vertical position of its small-sized valves, which were derisively compared to nails since their head diameter is smaller than other comparable displacement engines of the same era. In any case, the small-diameter intake runners allowed these engines to develop high torque, with many exceeding one foot-pound per cubic inch, which was exceptional for the day. It was considerably lighter and much more compact than the straight 8 it replaced, and developed almost 1.5 times the power for the same displacement. Despite its unusual design the power of the engine attracted some drag racers such as Tommy Ivo to use the power of the Nailhead.

Tommy Ivo, also known as "TV Tommy" and "Instant Ivo" is an actor and drag racer, who was active in the 1960s racing community. In the late 1950s, Ivo raced a twin (side by side) Buick nailhead-engined dragster which was the first gasoline-powered dragster to break the nine-second barrier.


Tommy Ivo pictured with his Buick Nailhead powered dragster.

During the same era, Mom and Dad were both born in 1936 in Honesdale where Grandpa Smith had a trucking company, A.J. Smith & Sons in the 1950s and 1960s. Grandpa liked the two-tone, Mint Green and Hunter green, combination so much he had his trucks painted the same way as the new "Buiee" when starting his company in the late 1950s. If you look closely at the front bumper of the trucks you will see each of the sons had his wife's name painted there: Jimmy and Florence, Eugene and Ingrid, and Wayne and Dorothy. Uncle Alex, the youngest, also became a truck driver but Grandpa had sold the company by then and Aunt Kathleen would not have driven truck in those days. 

A.J. Smith & Sons, Honesdale, PA, 1960s

Dad was the "black sheep" of the sons when he left town for New Jersey to work for Gubelman's printing. I have a trucking jacket with his name on it though he never was a regular driver.

A.J. Smith and Sons, Honesdale, PA


Dad's jacket with his name embroidered on the front.

Across town in Honesdale, PA Mom was raised by "Poppa," Grandpa Grambs, who was a 'cutter' by trade for T.B. Clark Cut Glass Company. Later in life he was a security guard where my mom would ride her bike at lunch to sit with him. 

Cutters at Clark Glass

Uncle “Sonny” Francis Fitzsimmons, Mom’s brother, and "Poppa," Great-Grandpa Grambs, about the time "Sonny" was in Korean War service.


Uncle “Sonny” Francis Fitzsimmons, Mom’s brother, and his bride, Anita, chose Dad to be best man for their 26 October 1957 wedding.

In an era before cell phones my sister and I could sit at "Poppa" Grambs' house across the valley in Honesdale and watch the other hill. When Dad pulled the "Buiee" out of my Grandparent Smith's driveway we alerted Mom that Dad was coming to pick us up for church.

Mom and Dad, 1960, Grandparent Smith's driveway, Honesdale, PA

My parents had moved to Newark, N.J. for work where Dad lovingly kept my parent's first new car in a garage to protect it from the elements. He waxed it every chance he got. Dad worked in a factory as a printing pressman for high quality recording instrument charts. Uncle Leonard “Butchie” Bayly, mom's brother, told me he was one of the few who Dad allowed to watch him change the oil since Dad didn’t let anyone touch his beloved “Buiee” if he could help it.

Two of Dad's brothers: Uncle Alex (long before he was driving truck), and Uncle Eugene (probably just out of the Air Force), Dad: Newark, N.J.

My Great Aunt Helen and  "Poppa," Great-Grandpa Grambs, raised my mom. Mom, Dad, and Aunt Helen are pictured in Grandparent Smith's driveway with a Ford in 1959. I have not been able to find out whose car it is.
 
Although we had other cars--a 1953 Willys, 1961 Ford Anglia, 1965 Chevy II, and a 1969 Ford Fairlane--the "Buiee" remained our beloved choice vehicle for vacations, Sunday church, and family visits when we moved to Carteret, N.J. in 1961.


Mom and Dad depicted sometime in the early 1960s with the "Buiee" in the background.

My sister Sue and I shared many miles separated by and often fighting over the imaginary but territorial line between us in the backseat. As a family we went to Washington, D.C., Gettysburg, PA, Cape Canaveral, FL, Cooperstown, N.Y. (the Baseball Hall of Fame), Pennsylvania Dutch Country, Alamagordo and Mystic Seaport, CT.

Family travel resulted from the new Federal-Aid Highway Act which passed in June 1956. The law authorized the construction of a 41,000-mile network of interstate highways that would span the nation. It also allocated $26 billion to pay for them. Under the terms of the law, the federal government would pay 90 percent of the cost of expressway construction. The money helped us a family since my parents wanted to travel and highways conveniently were coming into existence. Thank you, Ike! 

Dad used the Buick during the 1960s for his daily work commute and the dinner time signal was the rumbling dual exhaust of Dad coming into the garage.

Another important stage for our family included when Dad was transferred to California in 1969.


The "Buiee's" last New Jersey inspection sticker: 31 May 1969.
 
Dad got a promotion once his company opened up a new factory in Compton, CA. We moved cross country to Lakewood, CA by traveling in the "Buiee" in 1969. On the way West, we stopped in Alamogordo, N.M., visiting a former Carteret family that had already re-located, headed by the father who was a combat fighter pilot and Captain, deployed three times to Vietnam. We also visited Carlsbad Caverns on the way.

Most importantly, Dad always drove and once along the way to California while resting he enjoyed over looking the quaint little town of Prescott, AZ; at the time, Dad said that would a nice town to come back to.




Dad was probably making $15-18,000 a year and my parents paid $25,000 for their first house in California, in Lakewood, at 5306
Kirtland in February 1969. They sold that home in 1974 for $39,500.

To provide a point of contrast the well known anchor Tom Brokaw also moved to California at about the same time. During his rising journalistic career he bought his first home in California in 1968. He was a local anchor and network correspondent for the NBC station in Los Angeles. The house was a 40-year-old home in Studio City, CA with three bedrooms and one bath with a spare bedroom and another bath at the far end. It was in the 1400 hundred foot range and the house cost $42,500, just slightly more than his annual salary.

Dad's business card as General Supervisor for the new factory in Compton, CA.

The times were a'changin' and it was harder to find proper parts: note that the original wide side walls were no longer sold.

Mom and Dad, c. 1971, Lakewood, CA


Mr. McConnell, Dad's best friend, and Dad, Edison, NJ, 1972, visiting back East with our 1969 Ford Fairlane in the background.

Into the 1970s Dad continued to drive the "Buiee" for his daily commute, although he built a hoist himself to work on the car (with Mom!) until he relegated it to a safe place in the garage when we moved to Bellflower, CA in 1974. Sometime around 1990 he did not drive the "Buiee" anymore and it was garaged thereafter in Bellflower, La Mirada, CA, with my sister, and the last time mom and dad moved. 


Closeup of the CA vanity plate that my dad ordered.


Mom and Dad, c. 1974, Bellflower, CA

By 1989, the daily use long in the past the "Buiee" was confined to storage as a retirement project for Dad as he and Mom moved to, of all places, Prescott, AZ. Under wraps until Dad retired he planned to get it running again as a retirement project aided by his brother, my favorite Uncle, Alex. 

The "Buiee" sat covered in my parent's garage from 1989-2016. Dad was a Senior Softball All-Star and he proudly displayed his caps in the garage.


However, the "Buiee" never saw the light of day again when Dad went too soon to his heavenly reward in 2005.

However, the "Buiee" resurrected during Christmas 2016 and ran again thanks to Affordable Wrench, Prescott, AZ.

Christmas, 2016, Prescott, AZ



After repair the "Buiee" was loaded in Prescott, AZ for transport to Pennsylvania.




On 28 July 2017 the "Buiee" was transported from Arizona and arrived in Pennsylvania.


The "Buiee" as it was unloaded.

I hope for a few minutes that you enjoy the "Buiee" as much as my family and I have enjoyed her for over sixty years.


The "Buiee," 1957 Buick Rivera 46-R in 2017

Interior of the "Buiee,: note some of the original factory plastic remains on the seat.



Rear view

Front view

View from the top featuring the unusual three back windows.

Front side view

Rear side view

I hope for a few moments you enjoy the “Buiee” as much as my family has for all these years.

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