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    A Delta Bandsaw Ad from the early 1940's

    I was looking though some New York Herald Tribune magazines of my grandfather's from the early 1940's and found the attached ad:

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    I think that the add really reflects the era both with the Delta works in 100% war production and with the condescending comment about the machine being so easy to operate that even the gentler sex can manage it .
    Last edited by Frank Pellow; 06-01-2007 at 02:59 AM.
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    Very cool, Frank. It looks like she's holding the wood off the table. Either that, or the old Delta table tilted differently than my Shop Fox.

    Any chance you can get a bigger image of it? It's hard for me to make out the fine print. (I have the tools to help you resize it if necessary, but I'm pretty sure you know all about doing that.)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Vaughn McMillan View Post
    Very cool, Frank. It looks like she's holding the wood off the table. Either that, or the old Delta table tilted differently than my Shop Fox.

    Any chance you can get a bigger image of it? It's hard for me to make out the fine print. (I have the tools to help you resize it if necessary, but I'm pretty sure you know all about doing that.)
    Here is easier to read text:

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    Cheers, Frank

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    Frank, I know some folks that would like to have a copy of that. Would it be possible to get a scan in a higher resolution photo? Maybe just email it to me?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeff Horton View Post
    Frank, I know some folks that would like to have a copy of that. Would it be possible to get a scan in a higher resolution photo? Maybe just email it to me?

    Jeff
    Sure Jeff. Send me your email address and I will do that.
    Cheers, Frank

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    I used to work heavy equipment (previous life) and the shop had an old Delta that tilted toward the throat about 10 degrees. I'd forgotten all about it till I saw the pic.
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    Thanks for the re-post, Frank. It's always fun seeing how copywriters of the past approached the advertising business.
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    From the picture, it looks like the woman is operating it as a scrollsaw. She's not standing where I would stand at a bandsaw. If the tilted table is 'normal' for that saw, you'd have a bevel cut all the time. What am I missing? Or was it the artist that missed something?

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    My thought also, operating like a scrollsaw. The tilting and color picture, I believe, is simply for visual effect for the ad. Any price given? It would be interesting to compare the price to current day dollars.
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    This reminds me of those old Deltagrams they used to produce in the 40's and 50's. Okay it was way before my time, but my Grandfather gave me a bunch of them. I think I only have one left, but it would explain in detail how to make projects out of a single machine. Its not like it is now where it takes a ton of machines to produce a single project. Oh no. With Deltagrams one tool could do it all, from drill holes with a drill press, to routing with a drill press, to drilling glass with a drill press, to doing lathe work with a drill press, I think you get the idea.
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