Hello from Hazard!
At last, no more multi-week “hangovers” for Hazard. Even though we pictured the item upside-down, sharp-eyed readers quickly identified last week’s Item No. 613 as an oil level sight glass, with a drain valve. It’s used to check the oil level of an oil reservoir or tank that you can’t see into, most likely of a steam pump or engine. Some of the early automobiles also had similar oil gauges.
Many thanks to: Les Howell of Beach City, Ohio; G.A. Henderson, Williamstown, W.Va.; Joe Betz, Library, Pa.; Edwin Cunningham, Chardon, Ohio; Chris Worst, Beaver Falls, Pa.; and Jim McDonald of New Cumberland, W.Va.
And our thanks to Dorothy Fels of Pittsburgh for sending us the photograph. Your mystery is solved.
This week’s item comes from Wendell Cole of Lisbon, Ohio. It’s about 8 3/4 inches long. What do you think it was used for?
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