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More old stuff: 1917 Holt Caterpillar 75 operators manual

Google’s digital book archive includes a digitized copy of an operators manual from 1917 signed by Mr. Holt himself. Here’s a lubrication chart from Page 45:

Lubrication Chart for Caterpillar 75

Click on “About This Book” for more background. Here’s a Google images search for the old beast.

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Tom Mangan posted at 9:48 am January 21st, 2009 |

Vintage Video: Caterpillar on hiring the disabled during WWII

My wife came across a cool Caterpillar-produced film from the 1940s extolling the benefits of hiring the disabled. One comment on the video sums it up:

Caterpillar Tractor Co. presents this WWII-era story of their program to hire handicapped workers. There’s an overview of how the program works, followed by brief bios of about 20 men. They are respectfully presented as outstanding workers with excellent attitudes, who ask no special favors, just the chance to contribute. No camp/humor value here, just a genuinely inspiring little film.

I’m not imbedding the video here because it wants to launch automatically, which you might not want happening unannounced at your work station. Doesn’t happen if you click on the link, though.

Long as we’re getting all old-timey here, bookmark this page if you’re interested in seeing some old tractor pictures next time you’re at the Smithsonian Institution (can’t see the pictures at this link, unfortunately, but it has lots of info on the pictures housed at the Smithsonian).

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Tom Mangan posted at 9:11 am January 21st, 2009 |