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Life is busy. Good busy. Full plate of work, Susan & Gavi here, many fine adventures.

The piece of equipment from Daddy's basement that was thought to be a bearing press or an arbor press turned out to be a Dexter Gate Valve Disc Cutting Machine, made by the Leavitt Machine Company of Orange, Massachusetts. An employee of the current day company, Dexter Innovative Solutions identified the machine from photos I sent to him. He also kindly scanned and sent me 5 pages from a 1931 product catalog. Having the patent number from the catalog helped me further determine the machine's age. Daddy's was marked "Pat.Ap'pd.For" so it was most likely made between January 9, 1920, when the patent application was filed, and June 27, 1922, when the patent was issued. Neat.

It's no longer in the back of my car. The three boxes of wood patterns are gone, too. The May Brimfield show is this week. I'm ever so proud and delighted that I actually went up, talked with dealers, and sold the stuff for a price that met my goals. All in a couple of hours Wednesday afternoon, so that was a win, too.

The other recent delight came Sunday noonish when our informal town historian showed up on my doorstep and handed me 103 pages of Squier family genealogy information dating back to the 1530s or thereabouts. Yowser. I've only spent a few minutes glancing at the pages while counting them. What a treasure.

Susan has been helping me identify ways to rearrange stuff on various shelves and in various cabinets so as to reduce annoyance and make better use of storage space on the main floor of the house. All of the Candlewick crystal and assorted wine glasses are now in cupboards instead of sitting on open shelves in the living room. Huge win! I've never liked the visual appearance of the crystal on those shelves and it got dusty as all get-out, too. Similar progress made in several other areas.

So much for briefly, eh? Brevity is as common to me as clear, flat surfaces are. As in no, nay, never, or at least not for any prolonged period of time.

Onward! Cheers to all.


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May. 10th, 2012 01:05 pm (UTC)
Hoorah for good busy!
May. 10th, 2012 02:39 pm (UTC)
Several yays, then [and waves to S & G].
May. 10th, 2012 03:16 pm (UTC)
Wow! I assume 1530 gets you (or the Squiers) back to the old country.
May. 10th, 2012 05:00 pm (UTC)
It's always good to hear from you. An interesting post.

May. 10th, 2012 11:21 pm (UTC)
Glad to hear busy is progress and good.

My grandfather was a toolmaker, and I was rather shocked to hear that my father, who has long lamented the decline of the tool and die industry in Michigan, was thinking of getting rid of most of Grandpa's tools and machinery. It's long been in storage with a friend of my dad's, I also found out. Hope which friend is documented somewhere.

Mom and dad are meanwhile making progress clearing things none of us want out of their house and garage, which is good. And on our recent visit ae enjoyed many of the items they've kept -namely toys and books. Rosie even transferred 'favorite baby doll' status to an old one from my childhood, perjaps because it's smaller than her other dolls and therefor easier for her to hold like a baby, or easier to sit up (of course I can't really know). That one came back home with us.

I also had a good review with my mom about some details of her mom's family history, which I oftn find confusing, partly due to a lot of repeated names down the generations, and generations of cousins that don't line up generationally due to second marriages and more kids. Dad and I even recorded bits of it.

Now to try to make sure those recordings are saved and named sensibly...

May. 11th, 2012 12:52 am (UTC)
Brevity? What's that? Oh, you mean like me? (NOT!!!!)
May. 14th, 2012 12:24 am (UTC)
Cool that you were able to sell stuff at Brimfields.
It sounds like your father had some great stuff (speaking as someone whose wife actively distracts him if we come across anything that sells tools)

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