Largest Crankcase Engine Built in 1903

Built by the De La Vergne Engine Works in 1903, this 125 HP, 40 ton engine was on display at the 1904 World’s Fair in St. Louis, Missouri. After the World’s Fair, it was installed at W.F. Norman where it was used for almost seventy-two years…

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Historic Wall Drug

Today Wall Drug Store is one of the best known roadside attractions in America. Founder Ted Hustead began attracting thirsty travelers in 1931 by offering free water…

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Repair and Reproduction of Metal Canopies and Marquees

With the Industrial Revolution, decorative metal canopies became a distinctive and popular form of a covered entrance for hotels, theaters, and large apartment, office, retail, and institutional buildings. They even appeared on upscale residences…

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Replacement of Metal Exterior Siding

The Hexagon is a unique house designed and constructed in 1892 by inventor Ephraim Shay as his home in Harbor Springs, Michigan. Shay’s principal invention, the Shay locomotive, ran on wooden rail…

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Ornamental Sheet Metal, A Brief History

This is a brief history of the ornamental sheet metal industry in the United States in the late nineteenth and the early twentieth centuries. Sheet metal was used for such practical purposes as roofing, guttering and drain pipes, and had some fine arts applications such as sheet metal statuary. The use of ornamental metal for cornices, building fronts, and exterior…

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