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Engauged: 1942

Engauged: 1942

September 1942. "Washington, D.C. Conversion of the Shoreham Hotel furnace from oil to coal burning system." Crank it, boys, and let's see what this thing'll do. Photo by Howard Liberman for the Office of War Information. View full size.


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Back then, gauges didn't need units on the faces! That was for sissies! Everybody just knew what they meant.

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Add a turn and bank indicator and you have the instrument panel of the "Spirit of St. Louis."

Oil to coal furnace

From The Harvard Crimson October 29, 1942:

"In order to save the precious war fuel the University is undertaking a mass conversion from oil furnaces to coal consuming burners. Although the change is not yet complete practically all of the heating units will be made over by November 1.

When the change is made, Harvard will be saving oil at a rate of 87,000 barrels (3,654,000 gallons) a year for the war effort."

Also, this ad from the September 20, 1942 Brooklyn Eagle:


Oil to coal would seem to be a step back in terms of efficiency. Was this a wartime requirement?

Nobody went back to coal from oil

My dad was thrilled to get an oil furnace. No more shovelling, or banking the fire for the night.

[They did during the war. - Dave]

I say Tomato ... what do you say?

Dave, quite apart from the picture itself, I was somewhat intrigued by your choice of title, "Engauged." On this side of the pond, a gauge is a gauge. In almost all U.S. usage,I have seen it spelled as "gage." Yet you used "gauge." When is a gauge a gage, (other than a greengage)?

[Standard spelling for the word in America is "gauge." The use of "gage" as a variant spelling (at least among people with college educations) is much less prevalent, probably about equal in popularity with the misspelled variant "guage." - Dave]

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