An­tique Ma­chines al­ways a won­der

Stanstead Journal - - FRONT PAGE - Vic­to­ria Vanier

The an­nual East­ern Town­ships An­tique Ma­chin­ery Ex­po­si­tion took place last week­end on the site of the Fro­magerie de la Sta­tion, in Comp­ton, un­der sunny skies. “The weather co­op­er­ated and we had hot and sunny weather. The rain held off un­til about 6:00 Sun­day evening,” said Gor­don Bar­nett, one of the or­ga­niz­ers. Be­tween fifty and fifty five ex­hibitors, some of them new and with new kinds of an­tique equip­ment, dis­played their trea­sures to around five hun­dred vis­i­tors to the two­day event.

“We have some­thing new ev­ery year. This year we had a steam trac­tor built in 1917 which was op­er­a­tional, and a demon­stra­tion with a chain­saw with a four foot long blade,” said Mr. Bar­nett. Other demon­stra­tions in­cluded that of a gas-engine pow­ered wash­ing ma­chine, a knit­ting ma­chine and the spin­ning of yarn, dog and cat hair!

Photo Stanstead Jour­nal

Some of the first chain­saws built had a cir­cu­lar saw rather than a long saw­blade, as seen here at the East­ern Town­ships An­tique Ma­chin­ery Ex­po­si­tion held in Comp­ton last week­end.

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