WHY DID THEY NEED AN INK BOTTLE HOLDER?

WHY WOULD YOU WANT AN INK BOTTLE HOLDER THIS MASSIVE?

Put yourself in the shoes of the Master draftsman that created the drawing of the “firepan” at the top of this page. Imagine  “THE BOSS”  has just left after asking  you; “Why are you taking so long to finish the firepan drawing?”. He was not smiling when he left. As you return to the drafting table to resume work, you bump the un-stoppered ink bottle with your elbow and ink spills on the drawing! You then  – – – – – – –

I know some version of this scenario has occurred because we have found obvious spilled ink stains (and coffee stains) on the original “ink-on-linen” drawings. Do you suppose a heavy, low to the table, wide based ink bottle holder would be useful in avoiding ink spills? It would indeed!

– – – – – – greatly regret not having used the fancy new ink bottle  holder “THE BOSS”  had given you a week ago. Oh well, tomorrow is another day. Maybe – –

Of course this is trivia! Did you not read the title of this Blog?

Anyone out there remember a cartoon entitled “BULL OF THE WOODS”?

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 November 1, 2011, in ART AND CRAFTSMANSHIP OF THE DRAFTSMAN, TRIVIA FROM THE UNION PACIFIC RAILROAD DRAWING COLLECTION and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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