YOU ARE KIDDING ME! A HAIR PICKING MACHINE?

CAN YOU FIGURE OUT WHAT THIS MACINE WAS USED FOR? I CAN'T!

HERE IS A DRAWING OF THE “HAIR PICKING MACHINE”

This is a drawing by a subsidiary  of the UNION PACIFIC RAILROAD, which indicates at least the intent to build a “Hair Picking Machine”. I do not know if such a machine was ever built, but I like to think it was. The real question  is: What was it used for?

If you want to reveal your S.W.A..G. answer (Some Wild Ass Guess), use the Comments feature of this Post you will find below.

This is your chance to show REAL “rivit counting” skills!

About THE OLD MACHINIST

I am 82 years old and wed for 65 years. I am a retired engineer and spent 35 years developing INS gyroscopes. I am a High School mentor in physics, mountaineer, model builder, machinist and have a degree in Physics. My interests include railroad history and photography, science history, cosmology, interesting people, and old engineering drawings. I place a high value on my friendships. I enjoy life and am looking forward to the future with my usual sense of anticipation and curiosity.

Posted on October 29, 2011, in ART AND CRAFTSMANSHIP OF THE DRAFTSMAN, TRIVIA FROM THE UNION PACIFIC RAILROAD DRAWING COLLECTION and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. In the early days of railroading, many animals were killed by trains.

    An enterprising young man, by the name of Harry Davenport, invented this hair

    picking machine to clean the tracks and bale the hair. He made a small

    fortune by selling it to furniture manufacturers with which they used in
    the making of (mohair) sofas and chairs.

    G.King

    • Hello George,
      Thanks for jogging my memory. I knew an elderly “gentleman”, who went by the name Jorgiomomless Q. Kingomodulis, that was the illegitimate son of Harry Davenport. Everyone called him “Jorgi”. Jorgi inherited the bulk of the Davenport fortune, which he promptly lost by investing in questionable real estate ventures. Jorgi found work as piano teacher and player in a less-than-fancy place of business near the railroad employee’s boardinghouse. However, Jorgi began to lose his marbles, so to speak, and began to pal-around with characters, already marble-less, who, seriously, played with model trains. These characters further debased Jorgi’s state-of-mind to such a level that he actually moved to Arizona and joined a commune of like minded people.
      Regards, Mel

  2. I suspect this machine was used to “pick” or unpack hair that had been baled at source (think horse hair). The railroad had an upholstery shop that worked on seats for passenger cars, cabooses and locomotives. I have seen drawings that state these seats were stuffed with horse hair.

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