C. 1950s-1980s Archive of Material from the Long Island Engineering Firm of Frederick Cowan & Co. Including Photographs, Plans, Documents and Other Ephemera Relating to the Business
(Frederick Cowan & Co.)

Long Island New York: Frederick Cowan & Co., 1950. 5 three-ring binders worth of materials from this Long Island industrial engineering firm; they had been located at several places on the Island, including Plainview, Bohemia, Riverhead and Syosset; evidently the company had much work with heating sensory equipment, including hand-drawn requests from subcontractors to supply various pieces of inventive technology to the Cowan firm for their clients; one binder on fiber optic sensing devices and uses with heating equipment and furnaces is including an interesting 1960 piece from the American Optical Company concerning Fiber Optics, their specifications and uses, relatively early for the practical application of this technology which had been invented much earlier, with references and diagrams, folding plans and blueprints and including the later Cowan application of the F.O. technology to their "Flame Scanner" equipment; another binder with about 25 8" x 10" professionally-done black and white photographs of Cowan equipment, mostly sensind devices and industrial heating monitoring equipment technology; (with) a binder with some hundreds of sheets of blueprints and materials regarding installation and arrangement of these devices, dating from the 1960s, gas & oil combination firing, burner interlocks, flame interlocks, automatic burner sequence air atomizer power arcs Riley type OD-2 Boilers standard folding plans, more: with a most interesting 5-page "Partial List of Installations in the United States" in about 37 states listed, with the clients and locations, and "Foreign Installations" in Mexico, Canada, Japan, Taiwan, Indonesia, Italy more; (with) a binder pubicizing a bit later equipment from the company, when located in Riverhead, LI., automatic boiler controls, flame detectors, concentric oil ingintor, power arc probe, other ignitors, more, with printed material and plans and about 50 color pictures of the equipment in operation, flame on, with a BW photograph of the USS Transcolorado and another photograph of an unknown installation site(?); (with) a binder containing some older catalog materials on Combustion Engineering Inc., with index, some hundreds of pages, black and white illustrated and probably of 1950s vintage, concerning pilot oil torches, gas torches, WR-T oil guns, QC panel oil guns, nozzle parts, burners, fuels, oil burning equipment, material on the combustion of pulverized coal, "T" & "R" burner illustratinos, more; 3 binders are old cloth type, with some wear and soiling, endpapers blackening, other two are in red vinyl; materials contained in generally very good and clean condition, and give an interesting background to the technology and business of this Long Island engineering firm in the middle of the twentieth century. Very Good (Item ID: 17668)


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