When I was growing up there was a small pencil factory in town, the Ruwe pencil company. They had their shop in a small building on the West side of town and I think that just about every pencil in school came from them. I think that I went on at least one field trip there as well. At least I remember the mills and gluing machines working away.
I’m going to visit some of the local small museums and post about them. Small museums tend to have be more open and have more eclectic collections. They are usually specialty museums, but tend to collect all sorts of odd stuff. They also tend to be rather less organized than a larger more professional museum. They make up for it in the enthusiasm of the people presenting. Try a small museum out. You probably will not be disappointed.
The museum in this post is the New England Air Museum in Windsor Locks CT.
Ran into this piece on The Week.
He buys it for 400 quid. It’s interesting to see how different designers approach the same problems. I had the opportunity to see how one company evolved the designs, but not as much exposure to competitive machines as I wanted.
I’ve been looking at computer graphics and engineering CAD systems for most of my life. I’ve been a more or less continuous user of CAD systems for over thirty years now and I thought I knew most of how it came about. There have been things I never really understood about how the way things worked in CAD as opposed to how a designer or drafter thinks, but I didn’t think to look into that very deeply.
In the early years of the 20th Century the Horse drawn wagon for freight delivery was essentially replaced by the truck. Not by motor trucks, but by the electric truck.
I have to wonder what it was like for the Luftwaffe, day after day, facing the coming storm.