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Vintage Photos & Paper

Vintage Photos & Paper

Here are a few vintage photographs and scans of ephemera for your consideration.  (“Ephemera” is a plural term for old items that were not originally intended to last long, such as company invoices, letter head, envelopes, news paper ads, event programs etc.).

 

 

 

 

 

Cattaraugus Factory No. 1

Cattaraugus Factory No. 1

This is Cattaraugus Factory No. 1 on Mill Street. This photo came from an old postcard.

 

 

 

Factory workers in front of Cattaraugus Factory No. 2.  (The shadow on the building is from the water tower at the George W. Korn Razor Manufacturing building next door).

Workers in front of Cattaraugus Factory No.2

Workers in front of Cattaraugus Factory No.2

 

 

 

Cattaraugus Grinders

Cattaraugus Grinders

These grinders appear to be working on the ground floor in Cattaraugus Factory No. 2.  Notice the wooden troughs standing up against the wall to catch all the wet junk flying off the big grinding wheels. I count 8 grinders at work and there are no guards on the large grind stones.

 

 

Here is a short article from an issue of The American Cutler magazine in 1919.  This describes protective hoods that were developed at Schrade to protect grinders from injury when large grinding stones would occasionally burst at high speed.  Make sure and read the part where they tested the hood!  They cranked up the speed on a defective stone and proceeded to shoot it with a high power rifle!!!!!

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Here is an undated photo of Cattaraugus grinder Frank Barns working at a big wheel with a protective hood installed.  Photo courtesy of Edward Stevens.

Grinder Frank Barns

Grinder Frank Barns

 

This letter was recently found by Mike Ahmadi, folded neatly inside a copy of “How to Whittle” from Cattatuaugus Cutlery. Please note the correct pronunciation of the word Cattaraugus at the bottom of the letter.
Well done Mike, this is a remarkable find!

Letter found in "How to Whittle" booklet.

Letter found in “How to Whittle” booklet.

4 Comments

  1. Great site!! I love your dedication to this! Cant wait for a new knife!!

  2. Thanks Ron,

    Glad you like the new web page. We want want a new batch of knives too!

    • Somewhere at home there is a pamphlet from the Cattaraugus Cutlery showing this type of stone setup and the statement saying that the water had to be drained every night or the stone would be out of balance and explode, hence, the invention of the guard

  3. Hello Wayne,

    Very interesting, I have not seen that before.
    Thanks for the post.

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