1885 Frank & Co.’s Illustrated Catalogue of Wood-Machinery Buffalo, NY
80 pages with illustrations, write-ups, and prices
MEASURES ABOUT 6 X 9"
Come with 5 separate broadsides
By 1854, Andrew H. Frank was in business making woodworking machinery, including mortisers, tenoners, and window-blind machinery; he operated as A. H. Frank. By 1872 Frank had taken a partner, George Spire, and they were operating as Frank & Co.
Frank & Co. specialized in small, inexpensive industrial machines, especially planers. Their smallest planer had a capacity of 12.5" x 4" and cost $50 in 1876. They also made planer-matchers, which became fairly heavy duty in their later years. Beginning in 1875 they made bandsaws as well.
Many machines were exported to Canada and to South America. An 1886 article features a Frank & Co. table saw with a "National Saw Guard"—a splitter with an anti-kickback pawl—which was surely one of the earliest examples of that important safety device.
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