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Machine of the Month: No. 12 Lathe
Machine of the Month

Machine of the Month: No. 12 Lathe

Some visitors spend some time around this machine before they realize that it’s a lathe. That’s because we use the rear half of its bed as a bench to display […]

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Machine of the Month: Rudy’s Own Bridgeport
Machine of the Month

Machine of the Month: Rudy’s Own Bridgeport

Rudolph Fredrick Bannow (1897-1962) left Sweden for the United States when he was 13 to join his family in Massachusetts. He completed his grammar school education in Holyoke and then […]

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Machine of the Month: Bridgeport Serial No. 1
Machine of the Month

Machine of the Month: Bridgeport Serial No. 1

The First Bridgeport Many who read this will already be familiar with the First Bridgeport, which we proudly display. There are some features on it that aren’t widely known about […]

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Machine of the Month: The Silent Salesman
Machine of the Month

Machine of the Month: The Silent Salesman

  This machine was made here sometime between 1876 to 1888. We know that because of the company name that it uses. In 1869-70, what is now the Museum’s building […]

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Machine of the Month: Photostat Machine
Machine of the Month

Machine of the Month: Photostat Machine

The Photostat brand machine, differing in operation from its competitor, Rectigraph but with the same purpose of the photographic copying of documents, was invented in Kansas City by Oscar T. […]

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Treadle and Pedal Powered Grinders
Machine of the Month

Treadle and Pedal Powered Grinders

People have been grinding materials to process food, smooth surfaces, and sharpen tools for tens of thousands of years. Archeologists have found ancient grinding stones, which are rough rocks typically […]

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Brown & Sharpe Micrometer, 1878
Machine of the Month

Brown & Sharpe Micrometer, 1878

This is believed to be the original machine made by Brown & Sharpe to use in their plant to measure the high precision products they made, such as gage blocks.

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Automatic Lathe, 1871
Machine of the Month

Automatic Lathe, 1871

This screw machine produced the screws used in pocket watches that were popular in the late 1800’s early 1900s. This machine replaced several manual operations. A series of circular cams and followers convert rotary motion into linear motion.

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F. P. Lovejoy, 1904
Machine of the Month

F. P. Lovejoy, 1904

Manufactured by FP Lovejoy, Springfield, VT, Pat’d Nov 22, 1904.   Do you know what this object is?     Some of the guesses we’ve heard at the front desk […]

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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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