Vintage Machine Shop Photos

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John in OH
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Vintage Machine Shop Photos

Post by John in OH » Mon Dec 17, 2018 10:26 pm

About 10 years ago, or maybe more, I was on a kick of searching out on-line vintage photos of old machine shops. At that time I had found a lot of really cool old shops with line-shaft driven machines, wood floors, or massive shops now long gone. Anyway, time moved on and I lost track of the sites that hosted many of these old pics.

Does anyone have any sites where I could again find these types of old pics?

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Re: Vintage Machine Shop Photos

Post by SteveM » Tue Dec 18, 2018 2:23 pm

Google it and click on the link for pictures.

I'll bet you'll have more pictures come up than you have time to look at.

Search on youtube for some videos, too.


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Re: Vintage Machine Shop Photos

Post by earlgo » Wed Dec 19, 2018 10:30 am

Cincinnati Milicron had a museum at one of their facilities, that contained a complete early machine shop, and it was fascinating. It seems to me it was somewhere near their cafeteria, but then I haven't been there since 1985 or so, so it may not exist any more. Neanderman might be able to provide more info on it.

Failing that, a trip to the Smithsonian in DC or Dearborn Village in Mich. may be in order.
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Re: Vintage Machine Shop Photos

Post by neanderman » Thu Dec 20, 2018 1:22 am

Our Historical Museum, located in Cincinnati Union Terminal, has a small machine shop setup. They have a lathe, a planer and a mill (IIRC...) set up and operational, using overhead belt drive. They have a few machinists that occasionally do demonstrations. And, last time I was there, they had a couple of other, non-operational machines, on display.

Sadly, almost all of the machine tool industry is long gone -- a few buildings remain, and I think there is one company still operational (though I don't know if they manufacture locally), but it's mostly a lost history.

Makino may still build CNC 'manufacturing centers' north of town, but all Milicron builds is robotic tools for the plastics industry.

There is a LeBlond entity, across the river, that services their 'vintage' manual lathes (and a few other machine tools). They also sell 'new' manual lathes, most likely of Taiwanese origin.

Monarch, up in Sidney, is still around. They buy back their own 10EE toolroom lathes, rebuild them, and sell them for an arm and a leg.

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