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Letter to William Clarke from James Tate
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Tate, James, Author
Clarke, William
, Recipient
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This item is a letter sent to William Clarke, a teenage English boy who had been living in Paris, Ontario for two years, from James Tate, the technical editor at the Popular Mechanics Magazine.

His letter was made in response to Wiliam's interest in the model shipbuilding contest, and the necessary information for his involvement. Mr. Tate also includes the prices for blue prints and back copies of magazine. Also included is a pamphlet detailing the contest.
Date of Original
May 7, 1928
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Popular Mechanics Magazine
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2019SC001.010
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Shirley Caron Collection
Language of Item
English
Geographic Coverage
  • Illinois, United States
    Latitude: 41.85003 Longitude: -87.65005
  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 43.2 Longitude: -80.38333
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Letter to William Clarke from James Tate. May 7, 1928. Shirley Caron Collection. Item No. 2019SC001.010.
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Full Text

Telephone Superior 0468

H.H. Windsor, Founder

H.H. Windsor Jr., Editor and Publisher

Popular Mechanics Magazine

Written so you can understand it

Popular mechanics building - 200 East Ontario St.

Chicago, May 7, 1928

James Tate

Editor Shop Notes and

amateur mechanics Depts.

Mr. William Clark

C/o Mr. Gerald Brooks

R.R.3,

Paris, Ont.

Dear Mr. Clarke:

The first of the descriptive articles we

are now publishing on the Flying Cloud appeared in our December

1927 issue. You may secure this back copy and also the others

you have missed from our Subscription Dept. at the usual price

of 25 cents each. We regret that we do not mail copies of the magazine

c.o.d., as this is against postal regulations.

A set of four blue prints for this model

may be secured from these departments for 75 cents.

We are enclosing a list of rules covering

the contest we are conducting on this model, and also a pamphlet

from the Model Ship Supply Co., of Mineola, N.Y., From whom parts

for building ship models may be secured.

Yours very truly,

James Tate

Technical Editor

JS:HS

Pamphlet Front:

Building a Beautiful Model of the "Flying Cloud"

Due to the popularity of ship model making with-

-in the past few years, it has been the desire of

many to build a model of the beautiful and world

Famous Clipper ship, the Flying Cloud. Up to this

time, however, information and materials for this

model have been somewhat hard to obtain and

rather expensive, and what was available was really

intended more or less for the technical man, leaving the novice somewhat in a quandary as to the

best methods, etc. We are pleased to announce that this information is now available, and any-

one who is at all handy with tools can make this

model.

Popular Mechanics Magazine is running a series

of articles, staring in the 1927-Dec. issue. Com-

-plete instructions, as well as sketches of all parts, method or rigging, etc., are given. Mr. James Tate,

who's timely articles in the pat, on ship model

making have contributed tremendously in enlight-

-ening the model maker as to the best methods

which can be employed in building a model in the

average home, is the author. Another welcome

announcement is that there are numerous cash and

medal prizes for the best models submitted.

In order to assist the model maker, the MODEL

SHIP SUPPLY CO., with the kind co-operation of

Mr. Tate, has brought out a special construction

Set. This set contains all the necessary materials

of the finest grade, with the heavy work done, for

building the Flying Cloud. The following will

give a good idea as to the usefulness of this set.

For the hull the necessary "lifts" are supplied,

of the proper thickness and cut close to shape. A

redwood drilled rim and brass hub and wire for

steering wheel. The blocks (which have always

been more or less troublesome to make), are about

90% complete. Boxwood dowels for deadeyes,

special chain, metal anchors, selected spar and

mast material, rigging line, accurately made brass stanchions, of which there are 45, and all material for making the various deck furnishings, assorted nails, pins, wire and glue are included.

The model maker will be relieved of spending

a great amount of time in obtaining the proper

materials by purchasing one of these sets.

Price of set complete, $15.25 F.O.B. Mineola,

N.Y. When ordering include postage for shipping

weight of 10 lbs.

Our large illustrated catalog M-2 containing re-

production of photos of various models, as well

as prices on model ship fittings, such as:-hulls,

blocks, deadeyes, steering wheels, [capstans], anchors,

etc., also special tools for the model maker, so []

postpaid upon receipt of ten cents.

Pamphlet Back:

"Flying Cloud"

"Flying Cloud" Models

Artistically Accurate

The above illustrations are actual photos of a model

of the Flying Cloud, under construction. Note the

very prominent and accurately-made deck fittings.

Model Ship Supply Co.

Mineola, New York

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Letter to William Clarke from James Tate


This item is a letter sent to William Clarke, a teenage English boy who had been living in Paris, Ontario for two years, from James Tate, the technical editor at the Popular Mechanics Magazine.

His letter was made in response to Wiliam's interest in the model shipbuilding contest, and the necessary information for his involvement. Mr. Tate also includes the prices for blue prints and back copies of magazine. Also included is a pamphlet detailing the contest.