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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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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Missouri Life’s #1 Made in Missouri

For Missouri Life Magazine, showcasing Missouri-made products has always been a priority. And over the years, they’ve featured a variety of different items that were created right here in the Show-Me State…

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Beating the Odds

Given that half of all businesses fail within five years, it’s astonishing how many have weathered 100 years or more of economic busts, technological revolutions, and changing consumer tastes. Here, in brief, are the most compelling survival stories…

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Restoration Made Easy

Do you have a project that needs restoration of original stamped metal pieces? Never fear! There are some companies in the world where the parts are never obsolete, and in fact, still in production. WE are one of those companies. Here’s a great example of…

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