Author Topic: Engineering and draughting ephemera  (Read 593 times)

Tim Hall

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Engineering and draughting ephemera
« on: October 14, 2018, 11:40:01 pm »
We're in the process of clearing out accumulated tqt from Dad's house.  A Chartered Mechanical Engineer, his early working life was in a drawing office in Sheffield.

Consequently we've turned up misc. boxes of drawing instruments, a slide rule or two and various micrometers. The piece de wossname, however a box containing a gadget for drawing ellipses. It's got a perspex base plate and a swivelly arm with holes for poking a pencil though. He paid thirty seven and six for it.

Tis a thing of wonder, but will only gather dust.
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Re: Engineering and draughting ephemera
« Reply #1 on: October 14, 2018, 11:43:24 pm »
I believe the science museum has a gallery related to technical drawing, some of which is quite modern so they may be interested.

Tim Hall

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Re: Engineering and draughting ephemera
« Reply #2 on: October 14, 2018, 11:53:20 pm »
I believe the science museum has a gallery related to technical drawing, some of which is quite modern so they may be interested.

Now that's an excellent suggestion. I shall follow it up.
There are two ways you can get exercise out of a bicycle: you can
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Re: Engineering and draughting ephemera
« Reply #3 on: October 15, 2018, 09:46:03 am »
My late father started out as a mechanical engineer.  We have various technical instruments as well.  Here are a couple of examples of his college work.

Engineer Joe by Ian Hennessey, on Flickr

Engineer Joe by Ian Hennessey, on Flickr

Re: Engineering and draughting ephemera
« Reply #4 on: October 15, 2018, 09:59:26 am »
I have my Father’s portable set of caliper, set square etc ( he was, among other things, an FIMechE).

It’s great for setting shoe plates up accurately:-)

Tim Hall

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Re: Engineering and draughting ephemera
« Reply #5 on: October 15, 2018, 01:32:30 pm »
His lab book from when he was at Birmingham Tech is somewhere too, with neat sketches (and bad handwriting).

My sister unearthed a battered metal case the other day. I guessed immediately what was in it - a home made photographic emlarger.
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Adam

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Re: Engineering and draughting ephemera
« Reply #6 on: October 15, 2018, 03:19:26 pm »
. The piece de wossname, however a box containing a gadget for drawing ellipses. It's got a perspex base plate and a swivelly arm with holes for poking a pencil though. He paid thirty seven and six for it.

Tis a thing of wonder, but will only gather dust.

Not a Spirograph then?
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ElyDave

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Re: Engineering and draughting ephemera
« Reply #7 on: October 15, 2018, 04:16:14 pm »
I've got a lot of my dad's tools including a very nice micrometer.  He did have a very good set of drawing instruments, which I was allowed to see and even touch once, hopefully he still has them.  I'm not sure if they dated back to his apprenticeship days, or after when he was a technical instructor in the RAF for a while.
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Tim Hall

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Re: Engineering and draughting ephemera
« Reply #8 on: October 15, 2018, 05:23:41 pm »
. The piece de wossname, however a box containing a gadget for drawing ellipses. It's got a perspex base plate and a swivelly arm with holes for poking a pencil though. He paid thirty seven and six for it.

Tis a thing of wonder, but will only gather dust.

Not a Spirograph then?

Not ever so like a Spirograph, no.





There are two ways you can get exercise out of a bicycle: you can
"overhaul" it, or you can ride it.  (Jerome K Jerome)