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Old 08-28-2005, 10:19:30 PM
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I was looking through some old sheet music at an antique store this week and found a one page price sheet from The Gordon Steam Pump Co. of Hamilon, Ohio, Other offices listed are New York 98 lLibery Street, Philadelphia,705 Arch Street and Chicage, Phoenix building.

There is no date on it, but it had a one cent stamp and the writing on the envelope looks like turn of the 19th century.

The brochure is in black but has several lines highlighting new features in red.

It list sizes with steam cylinders from 4 inch to 7 inch with 4 to 6 inch strokes
with pricing from $100.00 to $290.00.

I has the Gordon envlope addressed C.S. Lay at the Laurel Iron Wks in Monongalia, Co. W. VA.

I'll try to get this scanned and send a picture.

It talks about :Improved Duplex Boiler Feed Pump, made from entire New Pattern"

This must have been a good looking pump when delivered, It had a poilshed Copper Air Vessel.

Does anyone have any additional history on this company?

Gary
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Old 08-29-2005, 10:21:45 AM
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Hi Gary;

See:

http://www.lanepl.org/downloads/gordon_steam_pump.pdf

The Gordon Steam Pump Company of Hamilton, Ohio was purchased by Laidlaw & Dunn Company in 1893. Sometime during the 1910s; Platt Iron Works merged with the Blake & Knowles Steam Pump Co. of East Cambridge, MA and Laidlaw-Dunn-Gordon Co. of Cincinnati, OH to form the International Pump & Machinery Corp. Following the loss of some important paperwork aboard the Titanic; it was merged with Worthington Pump and several other firms in 1915 to form the Worthington Pump & Machinery Co.

I would like to see your scan; I collect old pump catalogs.

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Jim

I'll try to get it scanned this week.

I am the guy that also found the Platt duplex pump last year. I posted pictures of it last fall and sent you pictures for your Steam Lizards site. It is a project for this winter if I get the can get the workbench cleaned off.
Any idea what color the Platt pumps were painted?
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Old 08-29-2005, 10:33:24 PM
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Jim

I'll try to get it scanned this week.

I am the guy that also found the Platt duplex pump last year. I posted pictures of it last fall and sent you pictures for your Steam Lizards site. It is a project for this winter if I get the can get the workbench cleaned off.
Any idea what color the Platt pumps were painted?
Gary; yes I remember your Platt pump now. I have gone through a lot a materila lately; it has all become a blurr.

"What color was xxxxxx painted" is probably the one question I get asked the most. I am afraid I don't have a definite answer, but I have some thoughts.

I am convinced that some pumps I have seen came unpainted from the factory. If they had paint on them at one time; you would think you would find some in a crack or underneath and between the cylinders of a duplex pump. But, I didn't find a trace.

Secondly, unlike stationary engines, traction engines, and locomotives; steam pumps were rarely standalone machines. Rather, they were part of something else, such as a boiler feedpump on a traction engine, or part of the machinery in a chemical plant or mill.

As such, they were often painted the same color as the process they were a part of. For example; a water pump in a sugar might be painted blue along with the piping. A molassses pump might be dark brown, while a syrup pump might be yellow.

For that reason, I would sweat too much about what color to paint it. Unless you find a trace of paint, know the history behind it, or it is part of a carefully documented historical project, it is really not critical.

Looking through my Steam Lizard Photo Gallery, you will see that pumps were painted a variety of colors. Enjoy your restoration, and take care.

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Jim

Thanks for te deduction on what the paint color should be. You are probably correct.

I have the scan of the Gordon Brochure. It is to big for Harry's site and I don't know how to make it smaller.

Send me your email address or how to send it to you and I will get it out.
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