1914 American Hoist & Derrick Catalog on CD
The American Hoist & Derrick Company dates back to September 4, 1882. The company's first patent was awarded on July 28, 1885 for the friction drums used in the company's hoists. In 1886, Oliver T. Crosby invented the Crosby Clip, an ingenious device used for fastening wire rope, which is still in use today. In 1892 the company made a name change to American Hoist & Derrick Company.
1895 was a momentous year for the company with many new innovations being introduced. The first traveling derricks were introduced, the largest locomotive crane was built (as late as 1914 it was still heralded as the largest crane in the world), and the American Sugar Cane Crane was created and sold.
The versatile American Ditcher was born in 1904. Not only was this machine used for digging ditches along railbeds that had been dug by laborers with shovels in the past it was adaptable for up to 20 different uses.
American Hoist & Derrick became an international company in 1905, this 162 page catalog represents the companies line of Hoists and Derricks for 1914.
Sample thumbnails taken from the collection.
(Low resolution thumbnails - CD/DVD images are scanned at 300 DPI)