Kathy in Virginia sent in a CD containing 80 photos of her brand new 1924 Gearhart Knitting Machine, never unpacked until just now. You can read her story by clicking here.
What a find! It was quite nice to see for the first time in 84 years exactly how the machine was packed, and exactly what was included in the factory shipment. Actually, we shouldn’t be too surprized by the contents, since we know from all the machines and catalogs what ought to be in the crate. But, it is very interesting to actually see the contents for the first time, tightly packed in blank newsprint. So, you really can fit everything (minus stand and sock blocker) into a very small wooden shipping crate!
I’ve posted a few photos below. I’d like to show all 80 photos, but the newsgroup would probably be a good place for this. I especially like seeing the unscratched Gearhart Knitting Machine Co. nameplate sticker on the Cam Shell. This is probably the only unscratched nameplate in existence! Thank you very much Kathy for sharing these photos.
As I study these photos, and hopefully the original machine in person some day, I have many new observations and questions… For example, it is useful to see the sample that was included with the machine. Aside from being a good example for the purchaser, showing exactly how to wind the yarn and tension it probably, it may also lessen the severity of the “break-in” subject that comes up from time to time on the newsgroups.
If you ask me, it looks like this new machine has been successfully tested at the factory. Everything must fit, otherwise it would not have shipped, right? Even the instruction manuals have no references to “breaking-in” the machine. Aside from all the free advice, Kathy will be the single ultimate authority on the operation of a brand new Gearhart Knitting Machine, and it will be valuable to follow her conclusions.