Once again I have found an excellent resource at Google Books. This time it is “General Catalogue of Electric Light, Railway, Telephone and House Supplies” by electric Appliance Company – 1916
This is the kind of thing that ‘normal’ people are puzzled by anyone being interested .. and then those ‘Abby Normals’ of us are fascinated. There is everything here in this catalogue from the early 20th century, with drawings of the items .. Ceiling Fans, Washing Machines, lighting indoor and out (much of it looks no different a hundred years later).
I was drawn to the pages for Ornamental Street Lighting and I picked the first one shown, a Cutter Ornamental Post called “Commonwealth”..
In 1916 the version with the 1-light (No. 23500) weighed 475 lbs. The cost was $55.00 (globes, wiring and foundation bolts were extra). That would be $1,204.84 a hundred years later. (Inflation Calculator)
Of course making an exact copy is possible. the rounded parts could be turned on a lathe .. but I am not trying to do that .. but use this as a guide. That means I will have to make changes so it will print at Shapeways.
|The Good and the Bad|
So. With the printed parts in and hypo tubing in hand … I started to fit everything. Had some problems that while can be corrected will need to be addressed in any future prints.