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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • FLY CANADIAN PACIFIC, c. 1950s

Let's Make a Dial: 1925

Let's Make a Dial: 1925

Another happy worker at the giant Atwater Kent radio factory in Philadelphia circa 1925. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Atwater Kent

Atwater Kent made distributors for a number of cars, not the least of which was an accessory distributor for the Model T Ford.

The Shaft

Those are distributor shafts. The gear on one end engages the camshaft gear. The mechanical spark advance components can be seen on the other end, where our fetching young lass seems to be installing small widgets, possibly advance springs, from her box 'o widgets

Why all the Atwater Kent Pics?

Did this company have an in-house photographer or did someone visit for a day or two and take hundreds of photos?

I'm not complaining. I think all the photos are interesting but wonder how we have so many from this one radio factory.

[The company was a National Photo client. - Dave]

Atwater Kent

Atwater Kent made auto ignition parts including a distributor and coil type ignition. I am very familiar with AK's early radio products and nothing here looks to be a radio component. Could these geared shafts have been distributor drives?

[Could be. What say the Atwater Kentians? - Dave]

 
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