This print is a quality reproduction of a page from an original general store merchandise catalog published between 1912 to 1918 by J. H. Ashdown Hardware Co. Limited Calgary Winnipeg Saskatoon established 1869. The pictures are crisp and show fine details just like the original catalog's black and white engravings.
This catalog covered everything a homesteader needed at the turn of the century including apparel tools furniture toys guns appliances baby carriages hardware household linens jewelry watches carriages saddles etc . We have reproductions of selected pages that are of general interest to collectors of early 1900s Americana. Similar to the old Sears Roebuck and Co. catalogs except these were kept at the general store and not widely circulated.
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The artwork is printed in black on archival quality acid-free 8 1/2" x 11" simulated parchment stock replicating the authentic look and feel of the original catalog page that is now over 90 years old. The actual artwork image will fit perfectly in a certificate display frame (8 1/2" x 11").
This prestigious museum quality print is perfect for framing or mounting as you wish in any home or office as decorative wall art. Keep for yourself or great for gift giving to the avid collector. Great conversational piece especially the pricing from yesteryear! Fascinating reading!
You will receive a high-quality reproduction print of the actual catalog page not the item described in the catalog. This print is perfect for the collector who wants historical background on the above item. Some of the text may be hard to read but the illustrations are enhanced to meet or exceed the original catalog advertising images and at the same time maintaining an authentic look from that era.
The following information was scanned and read with OCR directly from a copy of the original catalog page. We apologize for any difficulty in reading the OCR text; however it will give you a very good idea of the information included on the catalog page that you will receive. Please note you will receive the page shown above not the entire catalog or actual items.
. Sept. 23 1915
Sectional View of Myers' Pump Cylinder.
Sectional View of Pump
It is well known by all practical pump men that the cylinder is the main and vital part of the pump. If it is defective the entire pump is condemned regardless of beauty of design and finish of top.
The Shell or body of the cylinder is heavy seamless drawn brass with strong threads. The body of the brass lined cylinder is made by using an outer shell of cast iron carefully reamed and bevelled on the inner edge at each end. In this shell is placed a seamless drawn brass tube the ends of which are swaged out by patent roller process to fit the bevel of the cast iron shell after which the shell and brass lining arc faced off on the lathe making the most perfect joint imaginable.
The Leather.Only the very best oak tanned body leather is used sized to an even thickness throughout and crimped perfectly by a patent process without being wet. This always insures pliable buckets and a plunger that will outwear those made by any ocher process.
Plunger Castings.These have the largest possible openings permitting free flow of water.
Plunger Valve.This is a leather disc secured at the centre with the entire outer edge free. This positively prevents gravel lodging under it and never makes a blank stroke a great advantage over a metal plunger valve. Myers' cylinders are used extensively by windmill men for this reason.
The Stem is drawn steel galvanized and polished has rod coupling at upper end and is attached to plunger by two heavy brass nuts.
The Caps are either cast iron or cast brass are heavy well threaded and of good design.
Sectional View of Glass Valve Seat and Patent Drop Valve.
Brass Lined Cylinder Capped Outside.
Enlarged View illustrating Patent Glass
Seat and Poppet Valve.
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The Patent Glass Valve seat is used because glass is the only material that will not corrode or rust and accumulate a vitrous substance which hardens the leather and causes the pump to lose priming as is the case with brass iron or any other metal.
The Valve is of the poppet pattern fitted with a specially prepared rubber face. This rubber is pure Para interlined with layers of strong canvas which prevents the rubber from crushing when under heavy pressure as in deep wells. The poppet valve is held in position by a heavy brass cage. This also holds the glass seat firmly in posision. The action of the valve is always perpendicular rising clear of the seat at each stroke thus clearing itself of all foreign substances which is not the case with a hinge valve.
Rubber vs. Leather in Check Valves.The advantage of the former is that having more life it expells sand or gravel whereas leather retains it and causes the pump to lose priming.