Yesterday, we saw the nice wheel provided by Skelly that helps you track your mileage. Husky, however, offers up nothing but useless nonsense. I guess some people find horoscopes fun. Not me.
This wheel is 5.375 inches in diameter and in reasonably good shape. It's kind of ugly, don't you agree? The copyright date is 1969. You can tell how old this is by the list of "famous Taurus". Only two of those people are still alive.
This wheel is restricted to the Taurus sign. I didn't know each sign has its favorite colors. I also didn't realize there is a gemstone called "blue". I am feeling curmudgeonly today.
This here's a little wheel thoughtfully provided by Skelly. It's four inches in diameter and in excellent condition. You can calculate you car's mileage with this, which sounds to me like a worthwhile endeavor. Skelly. It's power blended!
I noticed on the back that Slide-Chart Perrygraf Corp. is noted. I've seen that on other wheels. Well, guess what? They're still in the knowledge chart business with no sign of slowing down! There are many formats to chose from. Check out their website!
American Slide-Chart/Perrygraf has helped small to Fortune 500 companies overcome their unique marketing challenges. We engineer, design & manufacture dimensional marketing materials, sales aids, and technical charts, all in-house. We provide custom paper & plastic print formats that spin, slide, fold out & pop-up into 3D shapes. Format sizes range from hand held to large Point of Purchase displays.
I really had thought I was getting to the end of my wheel documentation. But then I went into the vault to put some away and I discovered a bunch I didn't see before. I've got tons more to show you (although some are duplicates)!
Today's offering is the Greenlee Handy Calculator. This is six inches across and in pretty good shape. The copyright date is 1952. I think this is a nice-looking wheel. I like the color scheme.
This wheel gives you much-needed information on screw and nail sizes, concrete mix recipes, characteristics of wood -- see for yourself! You can even mix your own paint using this wheel.
Here's another item that is not a knowledge wheel but, at least this time, it's actually a wheel. It's a set of wheels and a delightful one at that. I don't know the date of the original as this is a replica. You'd think they'd tell you the original date, but they don't. This book is 7.5 by 9.5 inches. It's in satisfactory shape.
What's not to like about these illustrations? You have the blacksmith and his apprentice, the very creepy and twisty-legged piano teacher (whose fingers appear to be broken), a little girl on a swing, a comely washerwoman, and my favorite: the natty gent getting spied on in his train compartment. Each picture features eleven faces (the first page has a duplicate, for some reason). If you wander on over to my Instagram page, you can see this wheel in motion! Click on the tiny icon below.
I hope you like the site's new look. I'm still tweaking it, but this app doesn't allow me to tweak it very much. I'll keep at it.
Today's knowledge chart is not a wheel, which should be obvious. Nonetheless, it is certainly interesting and is, no doubt, a handy thing for the pallet pattern configuration industry to use. This measures 6 by 11 inches and is in reasonably good shape. It was developed by the U.S. Navy and holds a copyright date of 1965.
It makes perfect sense that someone out there needs to figure out the best way to stack cartons onto pallets on a wharf without wasting space. There are a lot of things to consider. Not all cartons are the same size, so it can get confusing to figure out the best pattern. That's no problem for the United States Lines Pallet Pattern Selector!
And now it's time to report the results of the cocktail experiment. You will recall, I hope, that I chose a recipe from the old cocktail wheel I posted recently. I chose the Gin Daisy. This is made of gin, lemon juice and raspberry syrup. The instructions don't specify whether you strain it into a martini glass or serve it over ice. I went the martini glass route because that's more fun.
Well, the results are mixed. At first, I thought it was okay. John thought it had too much raspberry. I added a bit more lemon, but things didn't improve. I can't really describe the taste as cough-mediciney, but it's something like that. Maybe "sugar-free candy" is more like it. I squeezed in a bit of the required lime garnish, with no real success.
I think the best I can say is that it's a nice enough drink to share with your sorority sisters. The worst thing I can say is that it's the type of drink you'd order on a whim, but wouldn't order another at that time or any other. It rates a solid "meh". However, as I predicted, it's a pretty drink. I hope you appreciate the effort I took to style a photo of it and that you'll forgive the in-camera cropping that occurred. Fixing it would require that I mix another, and I'm not so inclined. If you'd like the recipe for the Gin Daisy, here it is:
1 part gin
1/2 part lemon juice
1/2 part raspberry
slice of lime
Just the other day, Brian from Strand Brothers Heating & Air Conditioning was at our house to inspect and tune up our HVAC system in preparation for the icy cold winter ahead. We got to talking about our knowledge wheels and he told me guys in his line of business have a wheel they use. It sounded interesting, but he said they're rather expensive.
Well, blow me down and call me "Shorty"! Look what I found on the wall of my sewing room! It's the type of wheel Brian told me about! This one is in like-new condition and appears to be from the 1950s or so. The very tiny copyright notice says 1948. This wheel is nine inches in diameter.
According to The Internet, where I found a training manual:
"Psychrometry is an impressive word which is defined as the measurement of the moisture content of air. In broader terms it is the science and practices associated with atmospheric air mixtures, their control, and the effect on materials and human comfort. This can be accomplished through use of psychrometric tables or a psychrometric chart. The tables are somewhat more accurate, but the chart is accurate enough for all practical purposes and is much easier to use."
I couldn't begin to tell you how to use this thing, but it seems that if you know the dry bulb temperature of something, you're halfway there. On the back the crazy, curvy chart isn't coated with anything, so you can make notes with a pencil -- to a reasonable degree!
This is some old French mileage wheel from a long time ago. I wonder how old it is? It's a charming little wheel that looks to have been furnished to the guests of some hotel/restaurant, maybe. It's 4.375 inches, including the little tab. It's not in great shape, but it's better off than the cocktail wheel posted yesterday. I like having wheels in other languages.
Back in July I posted the Gordon's Cocktail Wheel. This appears to be an earlier version. The Dictionary of Terms is almost word-for-word the same. As you can see, this one is in really bad shape, which is unfortunate. It makes it hard to operate without causing further destruction. Part of the top tab has been removed and the little arrow is not long for this world. This wheel is 10 inches in diameter.
This cocktail wheel has the same humorous little quips for each drink. This one also has instructions for using a siphon. Those were the days!
Like the cake wheel, I thought I'd put myself out there as a Guinea pig and try one of these drinks. Wanting to avoid anything with raw egg or too much vermouth, I've chosen the Gin Daisy. All I need to find is raspberry syrup. Once I get all the ingredients, I'll post the results -- with a photo! This one sounds like it will turn out to be a nice pink color.
Forgive me if I have already shown you this chart. I can't remember. It's from 1953, the year Elizabeth II was coronated, so I imagine it was issued to commemorate that event. This is 12.75 inches in diameter and in very good shape. It's a pretty big wheel!
This is mostly a list of dates. You can brush up for your English History exam with this. If anyone has any idea what that odd shape that holds the window is, leave a comment. It looks like someone's rear end to me.
This 8.5-inch wheel is your guide to finding out which foods offer which vitamins and minerals. I know their intentions were good, but there is nothing you can do that will get me to eat liver or kelp.
Just look at those healthy, wholesome youngsters scrambling for natural vitamins!
The only thing I really like about this wheel (other than the running crowd) is the color scheme. I do love red and mint green!
This wheel is in excellent shape and is not at all a bad thing to have around if you're feeling a bit peckish for some panothenic acid.