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Forum topic by poopiekat posted 10-01-2019 08:02 PM 641 views 0 times favorited 17 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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poopiekat

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10-01-2019 08:02 PM

I thought you Millers Falls fans would enjoy this tour of the plant in Massachusetts, circa 1943.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zuKvBkbn4Vo

Maybe one of your grandparents worked there?

-- Einstein: "The intuitive mind is a sacred gift, and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift." I'm Poopiekat!!


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#1 posted 10-01-2019 09:12 PM

Strangely, I can’t play that video. It sure sounds interesting though!

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#2 posted 10-01-2019 09:18 PM


Strangely, I can t play that video. It sure sounds interesting though!

- Ocelot

I sometimes get a black screen with a playback error message on youtube. I’ve found that reloading the page usually fixes it.

It plays fine for me. I’m looking forward to finding the time to really watch and enjoy it. Thanks for posting.

-- Half of what we read or hear about finishing is right. We just don’t know which half! — Bob Flexner

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#3 posted 10-01-2019 09:56 PM

Fascinating stuff. Thanks for posting.

-- "You know, I'm such a great driver, it's incomprehensible that they took my license away." --Vince Ricardo

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#4 posted 10-01-2019 10:47 PM

Fascinating look at this factory, thank you for sharing. I worked for Ingersoll-Rand during the years when they acquired MF and then shut it down. Some of the MF electric tools were branded and sold as IR.
As an employee, I was fortunate enough to have been able to buy some of the obsolete MF and IR inventory after the closing for pennies. They served me well for many years.

-- Peter

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#5 posted 10-01-2019 11:13 PM

That was really cool.
Thanks for sharing it with us.

-- A bad day woodworking is still better than a good day working.

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#6 posted 10-01-2019 11:35 PM

Hey, Ocelot,
You’re one of the people that would really enjoy the video. If you can’t access it through the link I provided, go to You-tube.com and type in ‘Millers Falls shop tour 1943” in the search bar.

You should be able to find it that way, if all else fails.

-- Einstein: "The intuitive mind is a sacred gift, and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift." I'm Poopiekat!!

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#7 posted 10-02-2019 03:08 AM

Awesome footage! I could watch video like this all day long.
I had to shudder at some of the machinery though, unguarded belts, pulleys, etc….

-- "My greatest fear is that upon my demise, my wife will sell my tools for what I said I paid for them."

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#8 posted 10-04-2019 09:45 PM

Ah, it seems I can’t watch any Youtube from my computer anymore. It displays some black thing on top of the content and won’t let me search either.

Works on my phone though.

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#9 posted 10-04-2019 10:46 PM

I get it, Ocelot!!
Everything was fine until my wife reconfigured everything to suit her wireless, Cloud, and Wi-Fi connections, and integrated it all to her phone and, even her fitbit. Now I can hardly do the easiest things, like upload a pic to this site. I’m still losing ground to technology. It’s all Voodoo to me.

The person who posted the video to YouTube has a few other great vintage films to see.

-- Einstein: "The intuitive mind is a sacred gift, and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift." I'm Poopiekat!!

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#10 posted 10-05-2019 03:10 PM

Thank you for sharing this very interesting video. It was great having it narrated by someone who was there and knew who we were seeing in the footage and could add bits and pieces of information to the scenes. LOVED the comment about the Germans wanting the Millers Falls hacksaw blades….. Quite a compliment considering the usual quality of their tools!
I don’t narrow my rust hunting to any ONE particular brand (I’m an old tool addict with a complete inability to resist acquisitions….) but there do seem to be quite a number of Millers Falls tools of various types in the shop. Some of you are already aware that the latest arrival is a No 21 drill press, sans vise attachment. Having a blast playing with, uh I mean USING this tool….
I’ll second the comment made above: I also could watch this type of video all day long.

-- OleGrump

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#11 posted 10-05-2019 05:43 PM

Very interesting. Watching all those exposed belts and other danger points gave me goose bumps and made wonder how many hands and fingers were lost there over the years.

-- Joe

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#12 posted 10-05-2019 08:24 PM

Very interesting!

WW II was still happening too…

It was nice seeing all those New cars in the parking lots… :)

Thank you!

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#13 posted 10-05-2019 08:51 PM

Thanks, everyone!!
The story goes beyond the great historical information about tools and processes. Ya gotta give those production men credit for sitting in a chair all day, buffing drill bits or other menial duties. It shows the love these guys had to live their lives in that squalid shop, to put food on the table for their families.

-- Einstein: "The intuitive mind is a sacred gift, and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift." I'm Poopiekat!!

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#14 posted 10-05-2019 09:13 PM

I was born in 1943 and the oldest tool I own is a Millers Falls framing hammer that is at least 45+ years old and still has the original wood handle that was painted a deep purple color (maybe it was red when I bought it)

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#15 posted 10-05-2019 10:30 PM

PK, I’d also give some credit to the Museum of Our Industrial Heritage. It’s small place in Greenfield and it’s mission is to preserve the industrial history of western Mass. Their collections are impressive.

http://industrialhistory.org

-- "With every tool obtained, there is another that is needed" DonW ( Kevin )

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