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Protected: F. P. Lovejoy, 1904
Machine of the Month

Protected: F. P. Lovejoy, 1904

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Machine of the Month:  Lincoln Mill
Machine of the Month

Machine of the Month: Lincoln Mill

We have three milling machines and a drawing that go together in interesting ways. Frederic W. Howe was a supervisor here at Robbins & Lawrence.  He had a very inventive […]

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Patterns and Molds
Machine of the Month

Patterns and Molds

A pattern is the master copy of a design. Wooden patterns like these could have been used hundreds of times before losing their shape. Flat back patterns, like these wrenches, […]

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Parker Press, c. 1870
Machine of the Month

Parker Press, c. 1870

MECHANICAL PRESS, Parker Bros., Meriden Conn, c. 1870 This is one of our most commented-on machines.  It looks so good!  Our documents don’t tell how it came to have such […]

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Ballistic Chronograph, 1915
Machine of the Month

Ballistic Chronograph, 1915

BALLISTIC CHRONOGRAPH
James Pitkin & Co, London, C 1915, Le Boulenge type.

This clever device measures the speed of bullets.

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Heim Centerless Grinder, 1918
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Heim Centerless Grinder, 1918

 In Robert V. Jacobs’ biography, Lewis R. Heim, Mechanical Genius of Modern Industry,  Jacobs describes Heim as “a mechanical genius and industrial entrepreneur whose many inventions helped usher in the […]

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Tools and Toolboxes (2021 Mini Exhibit)
Multimedia Resources

Tools and Toolboxes (2021 Mini Exhibit)

A gallery of the historic toolboxes from our collection.

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“What’s in the Basement” Video
Multimedia Resources

“What’s in the Basement” Video

For Halloween, what could be better than touring an old basement? We discuss what was there – how the flood affected the building – and more.

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Memory Drum, 1970
Machine of the Month

Memory Drum, 1970

18 inches in diameter, and it stores 500 KB.

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Blick No. 5.
Machine of the Month

Blick No. 5.

Blickensderfer Manufacturing Company, Stamford, CT 1893 Blickensderfer typewriters have an unusual claim to fame: they’re extremely portable. Advertisements for the Blick in the late 1800s featured a series of characters:   […]

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